Evolved or Involved?
Special Report on the State of the Church
By Chaplain Rhonda Harkins
The highest authority in America, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has recently stated that his opinion of homosexual marriages has “evolved” and has come after much thought and observation. What does this mean for us as Christians in America?
The third –ranking Democratic Representative from South Carolina, James Clyburn released a statement that the Federal Government should pass a law that allows same-sex marriage, by-passing the states’ rights concerning these unions. Clyburn said that he had been “indoctrinated” in the Church when growing up; however, “evolution” of his belief structure has now caused him to compare marriage between blacks and whites to same-sex marriage as a civil right.
And what of the United States military, the people we are depending upon to protect our nation and our families? Homosexuality can now be stated by any soldier who wants to join the ranks. Are we evolving?
What of the church? Have we evolved too?
Only 2% of Pastors in our nation will ever speak out against abortion from their pulpits. In fact, Planned Parenthood, America’s tax-payer abortion mill, states that 43% of women having abortions identify themselves as Protestants and 27% say that are Catholic.
What about our leaders? How many churches will actually allow homosexual priests and ministers to lead their flock?
Should we be surprised when the world sees nothing wrong? No, nor should we judge them, for they do not know the grace of Jesus Christ to deliver them from these sins. Many in the church apparently do not know this grace either. Otherwise, we would not have 40% of all ministers admitting to having had an affair during their years of ministry. Or that over 80% of men AND women have serious problems with viewing pornography. The divorce rate in Christian families is just as high as those who do not claim to know the Lord at all. Have we evolved? What are we becoming; the world?
In Leviticus it states that some sins will actually cause the land to spew its inhabitants out of its mouth. Leviticus 18:27-29
27 (for all these abominations the men of the land have done, who were before you, and thus the land is defiled), 28 lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you. 29 For whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off from among their people.
The very earth will not tolerate these activities! What will cause the groaning of the earth to crescendo to the place of splitting apart?
1) Innocent Bloodshed
2) Immorality and Incest
5) Indifference or Ignoring the Sin
What caused the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah? The Lord said their cries had reached His ears. These were cries of the innocent, the widows, and the orphans. It was greed, not immorality that judged these evil cities. If you look at the five reasons above, they are all based on greed and selfishness. Millions of dollars are generated through abortion alone! Who is benefiting from the bloodshed?
Look at the costs these sins are bringing to our families. The cost of pharmaceutical drugs is prescribed to dull the pain much of what is caused by the aftershock of these sins. The drugs, treatments, stress and disease that result are the main reasons our healthcare is skyrocketing. Greed in our healthcare industry is just another idol which has to be fed and continues to grow fatter.
What is the answer Church? Have we evolved? Or are we involved? Have we become liberal, lenient, and lazy? Or are we like the leaches of Proverbs, the two daughters screaming, “Give me, give me” for the sake of our own pleasures? Will God ignore our evolution and lack of involvement?
The Lord desires leaders filled with His love and life leaning on His everlasting arms, bringing people to love Him too! These leaders will leave a legacy of changed lives because they were willing to become involved and speak out for what is right, no longer ignoring what is happening.
What will save our land? Fear of man always brings a snare. It is the enemy’s tactic to prevent Christians from standing for the truth of God’s Word. We must arrest these spirits of fear else we turn aside and ignore the problems; else we the Church evolve into an apathetic comfort zone! Instead let us take heart, be couragaeous and get involved in our neighborhood and communities! Let’s become the bridge to God showing them abundant life through Christ the Ultimate Bridge. If we take the high road cleaving to the Lord our God and loving Him with all that is within us, then our land will be blessed and healed!
Our only choice for the five deadly sins listed above is REPENTANCE and INTERCESSION and INVOLVEMENT. We must intersect families with the Word of God in intercession and lay down our lives, our schedules, stand in the gap, and repent beginning in the church. Repenters are being raised up again to interceed for this nation. Will the Church be the repenters? Will we be the intercessors? It is our only hope of freedom, and calling America the land of the free and the home of the brave! The answer is not who is elected, but what the Elected of God choose!