I received an email from one of my closest brothers in Christ last night and in part he wrote:
I read your last devotional my friend. Awesome.
If I may recommend something. You need to FOCUS and CONCENTRATE on being a leader of the Evangelical movement that will indeed help take away the power of some of these liars in the organizations you have confronted before.
There are so many different “things, so many different tracks one can follow”, but, there is a tendency for all of us to try and follow too many separate ones and thus we sometimes fail to put a “dent” in any one of them.
I would say itâ€™s funny that David would write that, but things of God are not coincidental. I have been feeling a great burden lately to help our nation, through the pulpits and the pews, to be revived by the Holy Spirit the restore our nation to its biblical roots. I have felt unworthy to do so and I am, so that means I have to totally rely on Jesus for my strength.
No surprise that I awoke with Chris Tomlinâ€™s song â€œJesus Messiahâ€ running through my head. We sang this song in church last Sunday and I love these lines:
All our hope is in You
All our hope is in You
All the glory to You, God
The light of the world
We have for too long hoped in man and for too long man has failed.
The Blue Dog Democrats have failed us.
For the most part, Republicans have failed us.
That is because we have trusted in man and not God. There is not much rejoicing in the land these days. Itâ€™s because we have trusted the wrong things, evil things. We need to return to our first joy:
â€œBut let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.â€ (Psalm 5:11-12)
Before I go any further I am not advocating leaving the political scene; far from it. As my dear brother in Christ Steve Deace has wisely said, to paraphrase, â€œIf Republicans would just do the party platform weâ€™d be okay.â€
There are many in the faux conservative movement and the Republican Party who clearly and dearly want evangelicals to leave the party, and many have. But I’m not going anywhere. I’m not going to trust in the schemes of man; I’m going to trust in the Lord God Most High:
â€œTrust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.â€ (Isaiah 26:4)
Just as our prayers storm the gates of hell, those who call themselves Christians/evangelicals/values voters should storm the gates of the Republican Party and say we the people are going to implement the party platform even if our elected and party official refuse to do so. We will fire the whole lot of them if need be.
Our movement, both Christian and conservative, has become obsessed with wealth and power. The Apostle Paul tried to warn us of it:
â€œCommand those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.â€ (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
There is no stingier group of people than rich conservatives. A good friend of mine, Greg Allen of The Right Balance, has been trying for over a year to get his show, which I think is the best in radio, back on the air. All he hears from rich fat cat conservatives is, â€œLove your show Greg, wish I could help.â€
These men trust in their riches and not in God. They horde and hunker down instead of taking the blessings of God and blessing others.
They trust in mammon and not in God; they serve the former and the latter. Wasnâ€™t itâ€¦yes it was Jesus who said:
â€œNo one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.â€ (Matthew 6:24)
My beloved saints, we have much work to do. As Christians we are duty bound to be a part of the political process. As soon as I am finished here I am going to vote for a man Iâ€™ve come to know and love to represent me in Tallahassee because I know his heart and his mind and I trust him. When was the last time you said you trusted a politician (although Jerry Melvin would tell you he is a statesman, and he is!). We are to be the salt and light of this world that Jesus commanded us to be. That is the whole premise of my book. In it I quote the great 19th Century preacher Charles Finney:
â€œThe church must take right ground in regard to politics . . . The time has come for Christians to vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them . . . God cannot sustain this free and blessed country that we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to God . . . God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.â€
â€¦God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.
Is God blessing or cursing this nation today? Why?
Pastor Finneyâ€™s hope was not in man or in politics but he understood its necessity. His hope was in Jesus Christ Messiah. Notice the words from another song sang centuries ago:
â€œAs for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God? God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places.â€ (2 Samuel 22:31-34)
Our nation is clearly hanging over the precipice and what we do from here on out will determine its fate. I cannot say for sure what will happen, except for this. If the Church will not take right ground in regard to politics, there is no hope for America.
All our hope is in You Jesus, Messiah.
Make the chorus from Chris Tomlinâ€™s song your prayer:
Name above all names
The rescue for sinners
The ransom from Heaven
Lord of all
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