Many Believers have mixed emotions as we head into a new year and a new administration. For the most part I sense encouragement from the rank and file- folks on the street and in the pews. But leadership in both the conservative circles and among pastors still seem a bit dazed. The feeding frenzy of grants being thrown toward churches and ministries for “Community Transformation ” and Social Justice” may be coming to an end or at least the deficit spending fueling them may cease.
How Long O Lord?
The question then is where do they /we go from here? Perhaps nothing will really change under the new administration except the faces in DC. The push to seduce the faithful may continue unabated.Perhaps the success of further endowing our houses of worship for the brave new world will thrive on.Perhaps the church will continue it’s damaging slide toward losing it’s “Authentic Faith” ( authentic has become one of the new most abused buzzwords ) in exchange for a mess of social justice pottage with little notice of what it has sold or how cheap the exchange.The real compelling question is “How Long Lord?” …how long will you allow the body of Christ suffer at the hands of Caesar ,wolves and hirelings ?
And What of US? How Do WE Answer HIM Who Sent Us?
My wife and I were attending a nice fall wedding .It was outdoors and I watched as the bride arrived and her father moved proudly toward her ,offering his arm to escort her down the isle -presenting her to her groom. In the deepest way in a while- I felt a flood of emotions regarding the task of those who would minister about the alter of God as I and a host of ministers I have reached out to in this past year over these concerns. The question that rang in my ear and heart came from the job description John the Baptist gave to explain his ministry.”He who has the Bride is the Bride Groom, but the friend of the Bridegroom which stands and hears rejoices greatly at the Bridegrooms voice” John 3 :29. I was reminded of what Gods call and our role as ministers of the gospel and to the saints truly is. We are called to be and “prepare a people who are made ready for the Lord” .We are the friend of the Bridegroom and HE has entrusted the care and preparation of HIS bride to us- as a TRUSTED friend.”Have her ready for her Bridegroom and to heed HIS Coming without delay.
To My Friends In Ministry Who Have Turned a Deaf Ear- Or Feared To Face Reality !
My Question for all of us – AS the friend of the Bridegroom- How can we do these things to the Body of Christ – to HIS Bride? How can we yoke ourselves and her to unbelievers and to the worlds? How can we fear man more than God or fear for our jobs more than our calling, or be so deluded that we think we are doing God service by these things? Or are we just so deluded and self centered that we have failed to consider what we have done to the Bride? How will we answer Him on that great and terrible day? Lord help us and have mercy on us- Awaken us or judge us but do not leave us as we are and adding to our offense !Help us see our error and choose the Stone of Stumbling and Rock of Offense rather than the millstone promised those who offend your little ones. Help Lord . Judgement must begin at your house and we are poorly prepared for it.