Brothers and Sisters,
I’m writing with conviction on my heart, and it’s not a short sound-bite. Please take five minutes to read this when you can reflect and pray.
Let me start with our Resurrection Sunday declaration – Jesus is our risen Messiah and he is the supreme authority over the universe!
We are in times prophesied long ago, when those opposed to the Lordship of Jesus will seek to limit our freedom of conscience.
Our Supreme Court will soon rule on same-sex marriage. Of course, human redefinition of marriage won’t alter God’s definition.
However, such action may start a stream of consequences including: 1) making it a crime to speak Scriptural truth; 2) preventing business owners acting on their beliefs; and 3) making it illegal to function as an obedient church.
An example: I say that God declares that same-sex marriage is sinful, and that any sex outside the marriage of one man and one woman is sinful. Those opposed want such statements to be prosecuted as “hate speech” crimes.
Far from being hateful, I believe humbly sharing the truth of the Word of God is the most loving thing we can do for anyone we care about.
So what are we to do?
I believe we must pray and fast. God is our refuge, not the court or the government. Pray at home. Take a shift in our prayer room. Fast one day a week or more as led. Let’s seek God’s grace for our community, and courage for one another from now until Outpouring 2015 on May 31.
Three Scriptures guide me as I write this:
If My people, who are called by My name, shall 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)
“If you love me, keep my commands.” (John 14:15)
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)
What we really need is an awakening to Jesus as Lord, repenting and believing his Gospel, and the coming of his Kingdom.
Lest we feel smug, God says judgment starts with his people. Can we be honest and repent of the ways we miss the mark?
– Are we more interested in material comfort than following Jesus?
– Do we judge others instead of loving them as we love ourselves?
– Do we withhold the generosity or reconciliation Jesus requires?
– Do we tolerate pornography or fantasy, diluting Jesus’ call to purity?
– Have we distorted the marriage covenant Jesus says is central?
– Do we divorce and remarry in contrast to the teaching of Jesus?
– Do we fail to lift the father’s role of godly sacrificial leadership?
– Do we allow the world to define a woman’s value?
– Do we abdicate the training of our children to popular media?
– Do we gossip, complain or avoid conflict?
As we truly repent, God will hear our prayers:
1. Pray fervently for God’s grace on our executive, legislative and judicial leaders. Ask God to grant them revelation and wisdom.
2. Pray for God’s kindness that leads to repentance. Pray for God to reverse the slide of our nation into entitlement, weakness and death.
3. Pray for Jesus followers to keep uniting in a spirit of love. Pray for humility and prophetic boldness in the Church.
4. Pray that we would do everything in love, faith, hope and joy, trusting in the power of God. Even in the worst of times, Jesus says we are salt and light, and Jesus is Lord even in persecution!
5. Pray against the powers of darkness in the spiritual realms, not people. May we love those who differ – let’s affirm their freedom to live and make choices while we affirm our right to conscience and our freedom to proclaim God’s revelation of sin and righteousness.
May Jesus live loudly through us by the power of the Holy Spirit, for the glory of our Father in heaven. Love, Denis