Today, is a sad day in this Christian nation. The other day, I asked myself if 2021 could be worse than 2020? Clearly, the answer is yes. But what just happened in Christendom? This is a nation that people from other nations see as a beacon of hope, but today that hope may have dwindled. I use no names, because this is only one man of dissension. And we know there have been others. Still, today, I couldn’t believe what I was watching. People, educated, uneducated, the rich and the poor, the young and the old, and the Christian, presented themselves to do the bidding of this man. How did he pull that off?
And while many leaders can admit that today’s events were instigated by the man of dissension he was not working alone. I know there were many evangelicals, and Republicans, most of which are one and the same, that supported (as it was called today “aided and abetted) this man’s delusions, conspiracy theories, and spread their own prophetic warnings. These evangelicals demand a moral society, yet they incite distrust, conspiracies, and rioting and not just in the election process, but in facing COVID-19. It will not be easy to forget the images of fellow Americans storming the U.S. Capitol? Scripture says, God is not mocked.
“An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire. A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends. A violent man entices his neighbor, and leads him in a way that is not good. He winks his eye to devise perverse things; he purses his lips and brings about evil.”Proverbs 16:27-30
As a body of believers, either God lives in us, or He doesn’t. Either we belong to God, or we don’t.
God is with His people regardless of who rules the land, yet some evangelical leaders promoted this man of dissension, insisting that without this leader the world would fall into total moral decline. If we believe the Scriptures we know that moral decline will continue.
It is God’s faithfulness that keeps us and that I trust in. Jesus does not carry a machine gun, a rifle, or a handgun. He doesn’t carry a flag. He does not ask us to carry either. Jesus asked us to pick up our cross and follow Him. Remember, He is the one that drew the line in the sand. Our God is not a God of prosperity. He is not a genie in a bottle. Our God, is many things, but He is a God of compassion. God blesses this nation, He blesses His people. “Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.”
Christian is our godly identity. American is our worldly identity. We are in this world, but we are not of this world. I agree with elected leaders that today was heartbreaking. For me it was heartbreaking because rioters flew their flag identifying as Trump supporters and “Christian”, carrying Jesus flags, and though they were exercising the right to protest, it quickly turned to rebellion.
If the purpose for the gathering was to simply protest the certification of the electoral votes then clearly the mission failed. Watching life coverage, all I saw was a people completely bewitched by the voice, the words of one man.
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.”
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”1 Samuel 15:22-23
To be still in the Lord is not a sign of weakness no more than strength is a sign of power. God will not be mocked. Proverbs 19:21 says “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.”
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:1-13
It’s in this last hour that believers… “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8