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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14).
I am deeply concerned over the state of affairs in my land. My people are no longer bending on their knees in prayer before God but are railing against one another in anger and in pain. Gone are the days when Christians lament for their fellow man and woman. Instead, the Body of Christ is at the forefront of political and social actions. They pitch insults at those whose views and cultures are different with such vehemence that it makes even the fiercest in our society look like a saint. Do these Christian people really think this is how God’s children are to behave? Where is the love that we are to show? How will the unbelievers see our Savior if we do not walk in love? It breaks my tender heart. We cannot legislate good behavior or right choices, and we cannot demand that others acquiesce to our world view. The only thing that will change the hearts of our people is the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. What that means is that we must get off the political action lines ; stop fussing at those who differ from our views on social media, and commit to a life of prayer. When will we leave the work of the Holy Spirit to the Holy Spirit?
There are many difficult issues, it’s true but I recently heard something that shook me to the core. Someone suggested that the Church could be forced to change its views to keep up with progressive times. While the Church may re-examine issues and teachings, the idea that the government could interfere with this is terrifying. Look at those countries where this has occurred and you will find the religious freedom was lost. I pray that this never happens here, but we must not take our freedom for granted in a world that is increasingly secular.