The most disturbing reality in the midst of this crisis is a muzzled, cowering church.
Handcuffs, ankle monitors and locked church buildings are the new normal for many Christians in America today. The state has threatened worshipers of Jesus. At the same time, they are opening the “essential” doors of Planned Parenthood wide. Somehow it’s safe to congregate at Walmart, Home Depot, liquor stores and on golf courses. But gathering in worship, prayer and repentance are a threat to national safety.
A closed church isn’t the most disturbing reality, however.
When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” (1 Kings 18:17, ESV)
The pathetic extent of many Christian’s response to the lock-downs and governmental threats is to remind people to wash their hands as they shelter in place. They fearfully wait it out as they hope for the best. It’s shameful. Washing hands is a great common sense idea, but how can that be the best insight and advice a blood-bought, Spirit-filled, fire-breathing Christian can offer?
The most disturbing reality in the midst of this crisis is a muzzled, cowering church. Where are those who have a reputation as troublers? The church shouldn’t be afraid of the United States government. The church should cause politicians to tremble!
The time is now for humble yet bold prophetic people to use every medium available to them to strike cultures and unholy systems with ferocity! Cast down arguments, assault wickedness and become defenders of our rights as Americans to assemble, to worship and to be free from tyranny. The Constitution wasn’t written to protect us from a virus at the cost of our liberty. It is in place to protect our rights, and those rights aren’t suspended in the midst of a pandemic or any other crisis.
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