Are you preaching to what your people actually face? Their faith is costing them their jobs. Their children are being persecuted at school. Their college is banning their Christian clubs.
When they tell us they want to silence the church—when they tell us their opinion is the only one allowed—when disagreeing will cost you your rights, your job, and even your life—when they burn buildings, protect killers, and convict innocent people—the church should have no response? Do we sit back and just give away our freedom of religion and speech?
Liberals want a New American Civil War. They want one party rule. They say the Republican Party, and Evangelical Christians must be stripped of power. They want to make America into California.
Peter Leyden, CEO of new media startup Reinvent, and Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, said this in an article entitled The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War.
They say, “What about the need for checks and balances? Many Americans might be wary of trusting a political environment where one party has complete control of political power.”
They insist that one party rule is an utter necessity: “America can’t afford more political paralysis. One side or the other must win. This is a civil war that can be won without firing a shot. But it is a fundamental conflict between two worldviews that must be resolved in short order.” Are these wacko ideas from the fringe? No, they are mainstream leftist ideology. We are in a moral civil war. How shall we preach in moral civil war?
There is a story of tyranny that is our model for this moment. Terrorists took control of a city and demanded that the entire city become slaves or face death. It gets worse. Just to stay alive every man, woman, and child had to agree to have their right eye removed.
The elders of the city begged for them to hold off 7 days so they could send messengers to get help. Since the terrorists were spoiling for a fight they agreed.
1 Samuel 11:3 is one of the most chilling verses in scripture because it shows the unimaginable horror the people felt: “Then the elders of Jabesh said to him, ‘Hold off for seven days, that we may send messengers to all the territory of Israel. And then, if there is no one to save us, we will come out to you.’”
Put yourself in the place of those men facing the disfigurement of their wives and children. If you were one of those elders tasked with choosing messengers—what kind of messengers would you choose? Who would you choose to go get help?
You would not pick smooth talking salesmen. You would not want a wordsmith or an entertainer. You dare not send a psychologist or a life coach.
They had to go get an army. They had to make people cry and get angry. They had to convince people—who might believe this was not their fight—to take a stand.
The Bible says they went to Gibeah where King Saul was, and everyone who heard them began to weep. King Saul was filled with holy rage and galvanized the nation to save the people of Jabesh Gilead in a mighty victory.
Who will save us from the disfigurement of America, and the church, by the left? What kind of preaching shall we choose to loosen the grip of tyranny and regain our freedom? The same kind of messengers the elders of Jabesh Gilead choose.
The Holy Spirit is leading preachers to adjust to the new, real world. He is sending out an urgent appeal: Preach as if they are stealing your country…because they are. Preach as if your people are suffering under persecution because they are. If you have the heart, God will give you the words. Time is running out.