Christian. . .Christian Nation. . .One Nation Under God. . .
when we say these words and phrases, it bothers me. It really starts to frustrate me. I don’t think we have any idea anymore to what those words and phrases truly mean and what it entitles. I don’t think we understand the condition and the path we are on personally, corporately as a people, or even as a nation. We justify our actions, words, and even to what is going on in our economy with something that makes us “feel” alright and comfortable and that everything is ok even though those things or not biblical or biblically twisted to fit our lives instead of our lives fitting to the way Jesus walked and what is said in scripture.
I’m not sure if i like the word “Christian”. In today’s world, it really means nothing. Christian today just suggest that we will profess that we beleive in Jesus but not that we REALLY give our lives to Him. It means ill just profess it, but i will want to live the way I want to live. The word “Christian” has become a lable, just a “name”, a style of living, a fad. It has been driven away from a Lifestyle, a Person. It even says in Matt 7: 21-23
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Just because you may profess you belief in God, doesn’t mean you will still go to Heaven. I wont go into that right now, thats a whooooooole other ball game. But yet in till it has to do with this. If we are not focused on God, seeking His face, spending that personal time with Him, and doing HIS will and NOT OURS, there is no guarantee that we will enter the gates of Heaven. It’s more than just calling yourself a Christian. Anyone can do that. It’s about living it. No, its not easy, but it’s a calling and its not optional or negotiable.
People say all the time about how we are a “still a Christian Nation!” or “we are a nation under God” and on and on. I don’t agree with that. We may once have been, but it is no more.
We lost that when they took prayer out of school We lost that when abortion was legalized. We lost that when homosexual marriage was legalized We lost that when preachers were having affairs We lost that when it became acceptable to have homosexuals on the deacon board. We lost that when we turned from God and began looking at man to fix things We lost that when we turned to drugs and alcohol to heal us and free us We lost that when we started getting pregnant before marriage We lost that when NINE YEAR OLDS [and anyone else unwed] started having sex. We lost that when the divorce of Christian homes exceeded that of anyone else. We lost that when we turned to money. We lost that when we made our own idols We lost that when we turned from the 10 commandments, the Bible, and from God We lost that when we started to judge, gossip, and lie. We lost that when we started cussing. We lost that when we started looking down at people when they walked into the Church because of what they looked like, there clothes, ect We lost that when we found it acceptable to watch movies with sex scene, cussing, and nudity. We lost that when our feelings and reputation became more important than reaching out to those who are unloved, the ones that are considered “rejects”, to those who don’t know Jesus. We lost that when people are more comfortable going to a bar than they are walking into a Church We lost then when we started looking at ourselves thinking we were better than everyone else and we were right and they are wrong instead of our hearts break in love and compassion for other people We lost that when we became more obssessed with becoming like the people next to us than like Jesus
How can we be CHRISTIANS or a CHRISTIAN NATION and allow those things to be so prevalent in our lives, those around us, and in this nation when they ABSOLUTLEY DO NOT align with God’s Word and the standard He has.
This is not to say we won’t mess up. I am not condemning anyone. I mess up. There is grace and forgiveness. But its when it become a lifestyle its becomes a problem. it’s when we deliberately do something we know is wrong but think “oh i can ask forgiveness for this later” that is becomes wrong. That is taking the Lord’s grace in vain. It’s when you know there is sin in your life and there are things in you that do not look like Jesus but your just casual and relaxes about it thinking that you’ll deal with it later. Sin is a serious thing. Even for a beleiver. Don’t think for one second that you are excempt from the consequences of sin just because you are a Child of God.
Hebrews 10:19-39 (New International Version) 19Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[a] and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[b] 31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. 33Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay. 38But my righteous one[c] will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.”[d] 39But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
I know alot of us pray alot of times for God to raise the standard of Righteousness in our cities. The Lord’s been showing me that the standard of Righteousness in our City cannot rise until the standard of Righteousness in our own lives are raised. We cannot expect a city to change before we change. We have to raise the standard of Righteous in our lives before the standard of Righteousness can rise in our City and even our nation. The beginning of raising the standard of Righteousness in our lives begins in a place where its just you and God. Spending the one on one time with Jesus seeking His Face and digging in the Word of God.
Also, just recently the Lord’s been showing me and bringing to my attention that, I can’t do great things in my city, in this nation, in the Church a go to, ect until i consistently and daily have that time alone with Jesus. It says in in John 14:12
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these. . .”
But I can’t do greater things that what Jesus did until i am spending time with Jesus and in His Word everyday. It all begins in that secret place where it’s just between you and God. When you spend that time with Jesus, it allows for so much to happen and then He can release you to go out and do great things in the Kingdom in your city. And we can see sucha reversal of all those things i listed at the beginning of this.
There is an urgency in the Kingdom. There is such an urgency that most of us are missing, and i miss most of the time. Something i have begun to realize is this urgency has such a responsibility. When i realize and sense and am just living with this urgency, i feel such a responsilbility. [not a bad thing]. But this responsibility is an Individual Responsibility and a Corporate Responsibility. It is a Call. It is a call for a deeper covenant with the Lord, a call of giving your life Wholly to the Lord, a call for Consecration, a call for Holiness and Righteouness, and a call for a standard to be raised in our lives individually and corporately. Casey Doss a member of Chosen [go to http://www.theramp.org for more info on who Chosen is] says “a deeper Glory is always preceded by a deeper covenant”. We sing songs about how we want to see the Glory of the Lord. We pray for God to show us His Glory. But to see His Glory, there has to be change. We want to see His Glory but we dont want to change. To go deeper and deeper into His Glory and to see more and more of His Glory, we have to make changes in our lives. The Changes that God is making in the Church and in our lives individually and corporately, we have to make changes in our lives personally to align ourselves with the changes God is making. If we dont, we will miss out on alot of things God calls us to and even miss the ways God is moving amongst us.
Please take this from me in Love. And as said in Hebrews 10:24 [mentioned above]: 24″And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”