2017 Weekly Prevailing Word #42

AN IDEA LONG PAST DUE?

“Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us’.”  Psalms 2:1-3

“…how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! … there the LORD commanded the blessing…”   Ps133: 1;3

“It doesn’t look like homosexual marriage in the U.S. is something that can be reversed.  Americans seem resigned to just continue living with the concept of same-sex marriages.  Any pretense of a moral majority has long since gone.  And what we’re seeing politically and in the polls is that the Americans are very soft and will not make a stand.”  (Christian author and speaker Os Guinness of Trinity Forum recently to Associated Press)

What do you think here?  Since there is a people in our country with an agenda “against the LORD and against His anointed,” does Mr. Guiness have his finger on the pulse of Christian apathy in America?  Church, do we have a problem?  Do people who name Jesus Christ as Lord lack the resolve to turn our nation back to its once-moral moorings?  If so, within one generation American Christianity will be found in the ash heap of other once-great ideas; like land-line telephones or Model T Fords.           

Last week I received a letter from an Atascosa county concerned citizen.  “Dear Pastor Beams, I would like to share with you my concerns about the complacency of the Christian voter.  The major problem in our communities and our nation is the continued abuse and denial of Christian values and principles by the secular liberals in our country.”  Then turning to the source of the problem the letter continued, “We, the Christian citizen, will not run for public office, will not attend school board meetings, and many of us will not vote.  We cry out for change, but do nothing except wait for God’s interventionYes, we all agree that something needs to be done, but we are quick to look around for someone else to do it.  The reality is that change will never occur if we do not invoke it.  If we do not exercise our rights and become proactive in the political process, we will always be subject to the demands of others.  Remember, “rights are not taken away until they are first given away thorough neglect.” (from Lytle resident Mark Sherwood)  Wow!  I could not agree more. 

But the problem isn’t just at the national level.  Did anyone notice the 17 total votes cast recently for Lytle City Council?  Mark’s comments also underlined the result of low voter turnout at local elections.  Remarking this is an open invitation to “deception and corruption in our own backyard” that goes “unnoticed by the general public.”

So, what can we as Christians do?  Mark ended his letter with a seven-step plan to change the horizon of our country through a Christian-oriented grass-roots movement of unified churches.  Those plans included Christian involvement in the political process, voter registration, choosing Christian candidates from local churches, and finally supporting those candidates with a unified vote.  Let me repeat, I could not agree more! 

This is an idea long past due.  I would add just one thing more.  We need local pastors to get behind and motivate their congregations – overtly and definitively – from the pulpit.  I know a lot of pastors think that such political activity is unlawful from the sacred desk.  But I assure you there are a lot of things we pastors can do from the pulpit without breaking any current laws.  The point here is – as Christian leaders – pastors must lead!  Christian pastors took a stand in 1776, … isn’t it time for another revolution?

If you agree Mr. Sherwood’s idea is long past due, speak to your pastor, church leader, or Sunday School teacher.  They or anyone can contact me at 830-709-0900 or e-mail me at pastor.beams@prevailingword.org.  With Mark, we can once again harden our stand for Jesus Christ.