February 2013 Pastor's Corner

FOUR MORE YEARS OF CHANGE, WHAT’S A BIBLE BELIEVER TO DO?

On a Monday late in January, an unbound President Obama unveiled his liberal manifesto for a second term.  The first term brought us massive debt and Obamacare, the dismantling of the greatest healthcare system in the world.   During his inaugural speech, the apostle of change promised to overhaul the second amendment, reject God’s plan for marriage, heal the planet, put an end to social injustice, while continuing to endorse the killing of preborn children.  All with money we don’t have.

On January 20, 1981 President elect Ronald Reagan proclaimed:  “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.”  Obama believes just the opposite. 

The natural reaction to all of this is found in Proverbs 28:28 “When the wicked rise, men hide themselves .”  Many have developed a bunker mentality, a desire to give up and go hide somewhere, but we must remember that our God is sovereign.  None of what has transpired in America over the last five years surprises Him in the least bit.  We should not spend our days in depression or anger, our hope and strength is in Jesus Christ.  Church history teaches us that a hostile political climate toward Christians is nothing new.  There is hope  Proverbs  21:1 tells us “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water:  he turneth it withersover he will.” If God still has a purpose for our beloved nation, He won’t have to strain Himself to send deliverance.  We serve a great God!

In the meantime, the Christian mandate remains the same as it’s always been.  God commands his people to pray for their national leaders.  It does not matter whether we agree with their policies or not, we are to pray for them.  George Muller once observed “The great fault of God’s children is, they do not continue in prayer; they do not persevere.  If they desire anything for God’s glory, they should pray until they get it.”  We should continue to stand for Biblical truth, even in the face of opposition.  God wants His people to preach the word and live the word.  We must get back to the great commission.  The marching orders for the church have not changed since Jesus spoke the words of Matthew 28 some two millenniums ago.  When souls are saved, lives are changed.  When enough lives are changed, nations are changed.  Yet our calling is not political.  The Gospel ushers people into His kingdom and establishes their citizenship in heaven. 

Finally, we should earnestly pray that God sends revival to America.  The history of our nation is punctuated with multiple revivals that began in a single church or among a small group of Christians, and spread nationally.  In 1794, a group of pastors drafted a letter to churches of every denomination asking their members to dedicate days in prayer for revival in America.  By the end of 1795, the second Great Awakening had begun and continued for nearly 50 years.  We need to pray with the Psalmist “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?”( Psalm 85:6). God has always had a remnant.  The days before our Lord’s return can be a time of great fruit bearing for Bible believing Christians who remain focused on their Biblical responsibilities.