Like most of us I’m sure, I have watched the events of the last week unfold feeling almost a sense of disbelief. We have had racial killings, attempted terrorist assassinations against, not one, but a number of former top officials, and today, and antisemitic mass murder in a synagogue. Along with that we find denials, talk of conspiracies, accusations of “fake news”, or at best, perhaps insincere calls for unity from those who have, at least up till now, been the ones who seek to divide.
Even if you don’t want to believe that the political rhetoric of our country today has directly inspired the horrific bombing attempts, assassination attempts, murders, antisemitism, racism, and hate of this week, it certainly has not helped. It certainly has not sent a message that affirms Christian values, or any values, except the self indulgence of our leaders. Without that message, our leaders are subtly endorsing the violence and hate, giving it a wink and a nod when they should be condemning it without hesitation. They are emboldening those who seek to destroy.
The church in this country is already inept, powerless to confront the evil around it. Instead it succumbs. It casts its lot with the evil one. It makes a deal to keep its doors open from one week to the next, but it has no power.
So to this I say, why not close? Close, and see what you have left — will there be anything at all? Perhaps not, or very little, but what is left, if anything, is what Jesus can use to bring the Kingdom of Heaven that He announced was already present 2000 years ago. You are a stumbling block the way you are.
As Christian’s, we have no more choices, we must speak out, and we must do so now – in no uncertain terms. Evil is evil, and it is engulfing our country. It has already overcome the evangelical churches, it has crept it’s way into all our churches, and it threatens to destroy our democracy and even worse, destroy Christ’s Church in this country. Now is the time for the resistance church, churches that will say no to the anti-christ that rules in American churches. Now is the time we must call on ourselves, each one of us, to return to Jesus.
Jesus calls to us. He stands at the doors of our churches and knocks. His Holy Spirit still moves where we invite Him in. There is still hope for those who open the door of their heart to let Him in.
Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message. (Mark 1:15 MSG Version)