Lets take a look at what happened in Germany in the 1930’s. The clergy started to see that there was something wrong and trouble was on the horizon. Many in the clergy chose the route of appeasement. This was a mistake. Had the pastors of the Germany spoken up and given leadership to the people there would have most likely been a different outcome. Christians have a responsibility to be salt and light in this world.
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The agenda of the left and of the Islamists is to bring us to a fight. If we take the bate it would be a great mistake. I believe that this is exactly what Obama wants. He believes that if we do this he can declare martial law and put the Constitution to the side and remain in control himself.
We not only have the example of 1939 to warn us of the danger, we have the example of 1772 to 1774. Both of these times saw an oppressive government trampling on the rights of the people. The difference between the two is that in 1939 the clergy was silent, and in 1772-74 the clergy stood up and fought. The clergy was called the “Black Robe Regiment.”
We will lose the war if the pastors of America follow the example of the pastors of 1939. We need pastors who are willing to stand for righteousness, even at the cost of their lives.
I believe that the American people are much more intelligent than they are given credit. I think they know that something is wrong, but they don’t know exactly what to do about it. We need both religious and political leaders who will stand up for what is right and against evil and provide leadership.
One of the biggest weapons used by both the left and the Islamists is to silence us. They use name calling and threats of law suits to instill fear in the hearts of those who would dare oppose them. In Islam saying anything negative about Islam, be it true or not, is a capital crime. They are working trough the UN to try to get laws passed in all nations making it at least a criminal offense to criticize Islam.
The left in this nation, which controls the Democratic Party, is using this same strategy by cries of racism and homophobia. No one want to be called these types of names. They are tying to tell us that it is a crime to offend anyone. There is one exception, one group, which it is OK to offend, and that is Christianity.
We need to hold our leaders’, both political and religious, feet to the fire. This nation was founded on the concept that our rights come from God and the purpose of government is to protect those rights. Those of us who still believe in this are not going to go quietly.
We have agencies at the federal level who are working to take our rights from us. The FBI is charged to “rigorously defend the Constitution,” a charge which it is abandoning. We have governors at the state level willing to exercise their authority to remove the rights of the people. We have mayors and city counsels doing the same thing.
We, as individuals, and our leaders need to stop being afraid of offending. When someone says they are offended we need the courage to say, “I’m sorry, but if the truth offends you, so be it.” Especially in the religious realm we need to fear God more than man.
A major distortion in the world today is that love has to be nice. Love does what is best for the one that is loved, even if it is painful for one, or both, parties. God’s love for us caused Him to send His Son to die for our sin. This was painful for both the Father and the Son.
Hebrews tells us that God’s love causes Him to chastise us when it is necessary.
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. Hebrews 12:5-6
Love does what is needed, not what is pleasurable or easy.
We need to have a proper view of Jesus, our Lord. Many paint Him as weak and not willing to offend anyone. Listen to what He said in Matthew about the religious leaders of His day:
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Matthew 12:34
Does that sound like He didn’t offend or condemn others? I don’t think so. Because of His love he came to save those who would come to Him in faith and trust His work on the cross. This same love obligated Him to stand for righteousness and condemn those who were unrighteous. Should we, and should our religious leaders, do less?
Those who are against what is happening are the majority and if we will stand up we can win the war. If something is not done all will be lost. Each one of us has a role to play. We start at the local level in our communities and we build upon successes there. We can take back our government. It is up to us.
I want to remind us that God is still on the throne and He has everything in control. His principles still work, and we can trust Him to be true to His Word.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
This passage is not talking to the lost world, it is talking to the saints of God. If we, the saints of God, will follow the recipe given in this verse I believe that God will heal our land. Revival is still possible, but nothing else can turn our nation around. Let’s not give up hope.
This is the last day of this year, and as we come to the end of 2015 let us reflect and take stock of what has been and what we hope for in the future. I am always reminded of something C.H. Spurgeon said:
No matter what your past, your future is spotless.
You probably started 2015 with great goals, ideas, hopes, and plans and may have, for whatever reason, gotten off course. Maybe some painful things happened this last year. Remember, when we go through the valley and a storm, every storm is a school and every valley holds the potential of a victory. It depend on how we handle the trials and tragedies of life. For some people they become stumbling blocks, to others they become stepping stones.
It is not easy and I have not always made the right choices in my own trials. I do know that when we do go through the hard times, if we keep our faith and trust God, he will take the tragedies of life and turn them into treasures. His marvellous workings in our trials teach us to trust Him more. If we never had any troubles we would never learn that God can get us through them.
When we go through the trials and see God bring us through them God becomes more than just an imaginary person to whom we pray or read about in a book. He becomes real in our lives because we see and feel his workings.
This is something that Muslims don’t have. Their god is not personal to them. They cannot understand the closeness of the relationship we have with our God because that is not the king of god Allah is.
We need to be thankful that we have the Saviour, Jesus Christ. Praise God for His wonderful mercies.
As we enter into the new year, 2016, let me remind you what the Psalmist said:
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Psalms 90:12)
Each day is filled with 1,440 minutes. These are minutes that we can invest or squander, the choice is ours. Maybe you squandered some precious minutes last year. Let’s determine not to do this in 2016. In this new year, let’s stand with courage for the truths of God. Remember, No matter what your past, your future is spotless. We have a wonderful opportunity with the new year, let’s make the most of it.