There is a war going on. One that most are not aware of. It is a war for the hearts and minds of God's people. It is an all-time war--waged since the beginning of time. It's blows render us ineffective for a time. They are subtle, we really don't even notice most days. True, we cannot see the warfare around us, but we feel the effects, and usually when it is too late.
In England, that war escalated recently. What was once a "civil rights" struggle for one group has now become a freedom of speech-religion issue for another. The problem is~ where do we draw the lines? How do we speak up for what we believe in, and when do we stop speaking? If you have not read the article, it talks about a street preacher being arrested for calling homosexuality a sin. He was not violent. He was not shouting hate speech. He was simply sharing his beliefs, which is something that Christians do out of love and commandment.
The war is going on behind the scenes in America. Liberal law professors are working hard to outlaw the exclusive teaching of Christianity in our country. After listening to Michael Farris speak at the Indiana Convention of Home Educators, I am more and more convinced that America's rights to freedom of religion are dwindling every year. Farris read from papers published by these law "experts" that attempted to convey the threat of the home school community on the future of America. We are dangerous to them because we refuse to let them have our kids. We indoctrinate them into Biblical theology, and teach them that Jesus is the only way to God. (YES!!) They can't have our kids for 40 hours a week to tell them any different. We are raising a generation of dissenters. Whether you believe it or not, there are many working hard behind the scenes to turn America into a Orwellian utopia.
So what can we do about it?
Obviously, I am not an expert on anything. But I do have an opinion. And a blog. And freedom of press--for now.
This is a tough war because the enemy is tricky. He has successfully divided God's people. We turn on each other. As another blogger put it: we shoot our own.. And the truth is, if we cannot stand unified as a body of believers, we will lose the civil right to spread the truth of Jesus in this country. It might not be in my lifetime, but my children and grandchildren will suffer the effects.
The only way that revival will happen in our country is if it starts with the family. Sure, we can go to church every Sunday. We can even go on Wednesday nights. We can drop our kids off at every program the church offers. We've been doing that for years. Statistically, 85% of our youth will leave the church at some point. So how's that working for us?
The truth is that we have been brainwashed so much that we even question our own convictions to call sin, well sin. We worry about hurting someone's feelings. And in this day and age...it is all about feelings. We worry that we will come off as unloving, yet we fail to realize that true love always points the object of it's affection to truth. We are afraid to share what God has done to radically transform our lives for fear of being called legalistic. (true legalism does exist, and I realize that there are many people who have been hurt by it.--I do not endorse it.) As a result, the church has become an institution that fails to recognize the fact that they have assimilated themselves into the "collective." The same thing happened in Nazi Germany. By the time people realized it, their Bibles had been replaced with Mein Kampf--and there was little they could do about it.
At the current rate of decline in America, I believe that in my lifetime I will see many Christian things outlawed. I have already seen hate crime legislation that sets Bible believing Christians up for persecution should they vocalize their belief about a particular sin. I would not be surprised if my children are forbidden by law to home educate their own children, or even take them along to church if they resist. (for more insight check out my post 20 things you need to know about the CRC.)
Our first defense is always prayer.
2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
Isn't humility what it is all about? Can we really approach the Creator of the universe thinking that our ways are higher or better than His?
We have to ask ourselves: How do we become a people who hunger and thirst for the righteousness of God, instead of our own man-made righteousness? Then we need to ask: Am I willing to stand for the truth of God no matter what persecution I might face?
If American believers cannot figure out where we are losing ground--and do it quickly--we will lose the freedoms that we enjoy and take for granted. We need to stop what we are doing and take a look around us. We need to know what we are fighting against and who our enemy is. We are not battling flesh and blood here. The only way revival will happen in our land is if it starts within the family.