We Helped Create What We Loathe
Based on the facts, any honest deduction must conclude that the American church’s silence and withdrawal from the public square has allowed those who do not espouse biblical values nor honor our Christian heritage to take over much of America’s leadership. Obviously, the opposite could have occurred: had the Body of Christ been engaged, we could have prevented abortion, infanticide, the rejecting of America’s Christian roots, the taking over of our education system by humanists and secularists, God’s expulsion from the public square and more. By default, we helped create that which we loathe.
Can the fruit of America’s sin and the church’s silence be reversed? Yes and no. Just as those who were killed by the Nazi’s could obviously not be brought back, we obviously can do nothing to undo the deaths of 60 million aborted babies. But we, like the allied forces of WWII, can stop the senseless killing and heal the land (2 Chronicles 7:14). This pro-death scourge on our nation’s history need not continue. I believe God is offering the American church – and consequently our nation – an opportunity for a historical course correction. For this to occur, however, a fundamental change must occur in the minds of believers: we must choose to re-engage and become the salt and light Christ intends us to be. We must cease being conformists and reclaim our voice. Our times have dictated that there is no longer a middle ground. We are even now being weighed in the balances – and our decision will tip the scales – toward either continued apathy and irrelevance or the healing and discipling of a nation.
We MUST make our choice, and we must do so NOW.
If ending the lives of surviving, struggling babies on bloody abortion tables is not enough to motivate the church of America and its leaders to regain their voices, I’m not sure what can. If literal infanticide, celebrated by governors and legislatures around this nation with cheering and lit-up buildings, is not enough to awaken the conscience of the American church, then I fear it is too late.
Leaders, please do not try and circumvent this decision by pinning America’s future on “the sovereignty of God.” God’s sovereignty does not negate our choices nor absolve us of the consequences. We, the church, are God’s voice in the earth and we must speak.
“When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand” (Ezekiel 33:8; NASB).
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
We must repent, either because we are being directly convicted for our silence, or identificationally for the silence of the Body of Christ. Let God awaken your conscience.
Repent for the part the Church’s silence has played in allowing abortion, infanticide, the rejecting of America’s Christian roots, the taking over of our education system by humanists and secularists, and God’s expulsion from the public square, among other things.
Intercede for those things one at a time and feel God’s heart over those matters.
Make a decision to never be silent again. Talk to God about what that looks like for you.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, I have been silent too long. Sometimes, it is simply because I did not know what to say or where to say it, but, at the minimum, I could have opened my mouth in intercession far more often than I did. I have never really considered that my silence may have contributed to the atmosphere of my state and this country. Help me to be brave as you show me what things look like versus what they might have looked like, if your people were not so passive. Forgive us for allowing abortion and the death of more than 60 million babies since 1974. Forgive us for not calling and writing state governors and legislators who decreed that infanticide is permissible in their state. They opened a door for other states, our states, to consider the same. Forgive us for allowing humanists to determine the education of our children. Forgive us for tolerating Your removal from the public square by those who hate You. We did not stand up for You strong enough or fast enough. What have we been thinking?! Open our eyes and open our mouths! We must warn America that You won’t withhold Your hand forever. Lord, hear our prayers and give us mercy in place of the judgement we deserve. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.
Church of America, find your voice and make a stand!