Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Strategic & Tactical Prayer #9 – Confront the Culture

What is the greatest mistake Christians in America have made? I believe we’ve turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the sinful culture surrounding us. We have not challenged those who have rejected Jesus and His revealed will. We have the, “Turn the other cheek,” command so perfected, we do nothing, say nothing, and remain hidden in our respective sanctuaries. What causes us to cower and remain silent, when He commands us to preach His gospel to this lost and dying world?
For new readers of this blog, I attempt to analyze events from a Biblical Worldview. Recently, we watched US Senator Bernie Sanders (Bully Bernie) berate Deputy Budget Director nominee, Russell Vought for a blog post he wrote denouncing Muslims (something I would write). It seems no one challenged Bernie regarding his religious litmus test he arbitrarily applied to Mr. Vought. Article VI, paragraph 3, of the United States Constitution states, “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” (emphasis mine). I guess Bully Bernie is more familiar with the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels than the law of the land.
I pray if I were in that situation I would have the clarity of thought, the strong conviction, and the inspired courage to answer Bully Bernie’s question regarding the eternal fate of those who reject Jesus. I hope I would answer, “Yes, all who reject Jesus stand condemned.” And I hope I would follow up with, “Senator, I make no apology for the truth that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one will be able to enter the Kingdom of God except through Him, and Senator Sanders, there won’t be any illegal aliens in His Kingdom. Therefore Senator, I suggest you repent and surrender your life to the only one who can save to the uttermost before it is too late. Just in case you haven’t looked in a mirror lately, you are no longer a young man. It’s your choice.”
Regardless of opportunity, I pray that the Holy Spirit will grant all followers of Jesus the clarity, conviction, and courage to confront the culture at all levels. I am not calling for violence because we have no right to harm anyone. I am calling for all believers to confront the lies of the those who reject Jesus, stand for The Truth, and speak The Truth in love. Speaking The Truth in love does not mean we hand the offenders a bouquet of flowers before addressing the matter, but it does mean we speak boldly without hesitation, reservation, or purpose of evasion.
For example, when someone says to me that our president is a moron, I reply, “I’m sorry you have chosen to be misinformed. The behavioral evidence is clear that he demonstrates great intelligence and has made wise decisions. I would like to work for any of the companies that will participate in building the boarder wall. I’ve seen some of the preliminary designs, and they are brilliant, architecturally sound, and aesthetically beautiful. Based on that leadership vision alone, I suggest you reconsider your rebellious condemnation of our president, repent of your prejudicial sin, cease thinking emotionally and begin to think rationally, and ask Almighty God to forgive you before it is too late. Have a nice day.”
Have you noticed how no one on the left is able to stand alone? During the G20 Summit, both the protesting anarchists and the global elitists stood together as a group. They don’t know how to stand alone because they can’t because they believe God is a figment of man’s imagination. Even in their groups, they are always lost and alone in a very hostile world. Further, they don’t know what to do with the follower of Jesus who can stand alone, because we know we are never alone. President Donald J. Trump continues to demonstrate that he can stand alone and willing to follow President George Washington’s advice to avoid getting involved with the problems of the rest of the world and focus our government’s energy on serving the United States of America.

The hour is here for followers of Jesus to speak and act boldly. Father, I pray in the powerful name of Jesus, anoint the members of Your army with Holy Spirit boldness to confront the lies promulgated by the enemy. Grant us clarity regarding why we follow Jesus. Strengthen our conviction regarding The Truth of Your word and command for all people to repent, for eternal souls are at stake. And bless us with courage to not only stand our ground, but also to take ground once held by the enemy, snatching souls from the fire of Hell.
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