In the light of the recent Supreme Court Ruling, social media has been lit up with the full array of responses, judgment and frustration. There are those who saw this as a major victory and those who see it has the return of the Lord. Then there are those who think that God is ready to judge and deal with it and those who think God is so loving that He will look past it. I would like to take a different approach to this.
I believe the Holy God, is able to look directly at it and still love people. He is long-suffering for all to come and find forgiveness, wholeness and holiness by grace through faith in His perfect Son. I neither see this as a defeat to the Church, nor do I see it as a sign of the times. If the Church however says yes to sin, that would truly be a bad sign. You see, we view Americans as Christians, the same way that many view all Israelites as Jews. A true Jew is one who has had his heart circumcised by the Spirit. (Romans 2:25-29)
All Americans are not Christians at all. So when there is a governmental decree, we should respond to it the same way that Daniel did. He went and prayed as it was his custom.
Dan. 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
What is going on now is sad and disappointing for more reasons than I rather not state now. Yet it is important that we don’t react, but respond like Daniel. We should pray as always and trust the Lord our God who is always faithful. We should know this, the God of all creation loves to set up ambushes for the enemy. Society will unfortunately make devastating decisions, but this has no effect on our faith. However, there is a fundamental question of judgment or the apparent lack there of. There is to me a really good reason why this exist.
The Lord’s heart towards His saints
God is so long-suffering toward us. If He was to judge, it would start with us. It would not start outside, but inside the house of faith. That is always God’s way. You see, we are held to a much higher standard for we are the sons of the light. In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he makes this remarkable statement. He states that he is ready to punish all disobedience when their obedience is fulfilled. You see, there are those who want God to judge the backsliders and sinners, but don’t want to examine themselves and see if they are of the faith. (Scriptures below)
2 Cor. 10:1 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ―who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.
2 Cor. 10:2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
2 Cor. 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
2 Cor. 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
2 Cor. 10:5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
2 Cor. 10:6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
2 Cor. 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
It is time for us to examine ourselves, make sure that we are all living the faith that was once delivered to the saints. One that is uncompromising with holiness. I believe that if we would do this, we would not only avoid judgment, but we would also see our authority increase for the pulling down of strongholds in our cities.
2 Pet. 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
God’s judgment of the saints is for our exhortation, not our destruction. It is for our purification, not for our corruption. There are many things that I have seen within the Body. The worst thing I have seen is the willingness to murder fellow saints with gossip and slander. The ones who talks in the back corners in the dark, deceiving the Body. Thursday morning I heard this.
“The church wanted members not converts, it wanted attendance not holiness, it wanted relevance not righteousness.”
We don’t need to preach fire and brimstone to achieve this, we just need to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. This at times can be confrontational, correctional and convicting, which many in the church have thrown out as not proper for the Kingdom. It is always time for the Church to do it’s part to examine itself. not going on a witch hunt for it’s imperfection though. More to makes sure it is in alignment with holiness and scripture. Even David cost the life of a faithful servant because he was improperly transporting the ark.
I am confident of this. We will prevail, not by escaping the “Great Tribulation” however, but by faith and the anointing of God. The Church is going to make herself ready for the coming King. In the meantime, she is going to preach the Kingdom with Love and Power and begin to cause the hearts of many to return to the Lord. We are to love all, preach to all, minister to all, but be corrupted by no one. We are to guard our hearts from bitterness, be teachable, submitted to the Body and willing to adjust. Love is powerful, but it is not blind, for the Lord sees everything we do. He is able to separate our sin from our destiny and promise, and what precious promises they are.
2 Cor. 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
God is long-suffering and this is true, but let us not be the one that causes Him anymore sufferings. By the power and help of Holy Spirit, perfect holiness and be cleansed.