The TEA Party on April 15th brought to mind some interesting things. It took an e-mail I received today to remind me of one of the complaints that was raised as people were sharing at the TEA Party. Someone spoke about churches and prayer, and being involved in community. All things I agree with. But, then the comment was made from the audience that the church is largely silent on the issues and voting.
Why? Why is the church largely silent on the issues of the day? Do people really think that it is because churches do not care? Or, more importantly that God does not care?
I submit that it is fear of men, more than the fear of God that keeps churches from speaking to culture today. “How so?” you ask. Well, with the threat of having the tax exempt status revoked for being politically active, and having the donations of members of the church being invalidated as deductible contributions, it becomes easier to see how there is a reluctance to speak out on any issue that appears to be political in nature.
As it stands now, Congress is proposing “hate crimes” legislation that would criminalize the Biblical view of homosexuality. Make no mistake about it, homosexuality is a sin! However, so is lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, gluttony, drunkenness, and more. I haven’t even mentioned the “big one”, murder.
Should I be surprised that in a country that legalizes the murder of the innocent unborn, that we would try to rewrite other areas of God’s law?
So it is that I am hoping that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword. I am hoping that the message of repentance that the one crying in the wilderness some 2000 years ago is adopted today. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus Christ. Are you prepared for the return of Jesus Christ? The last time Jesus Christ came to earth, he was born to die. It was his death, and subsequent resurrection celebrated these past two weekends by millions of believers, that makes it possible for any of us to stand a chance before a holy and just God. Jesus paid the price my sin deserved. Has he taken care of that for you? or are you unprepared for his return??
Why am I so concerned? Well, this time when Jesus returns to earth, it will not be to redeem–it will be to judge. Most people I suspect think they are good enough. Watch this, and then see what you think…