America is in great trouble, but not just from the pandemic. The rule of law and respect for authority is in shambles while society is in a moral free fall. The Church has not opposed this moral decline or the rise of powerful enemies from within American media, politics, and Government. Is it a role of the Church to confront society? Do pastors and church leaders uphold and strengthen righteous living among believers in their charge, young and old? Does the Church have a voice in society? If so, what has been its message? What has the church been about since 1962 with its lockout from public schools? Where has the church been since 1972 while over sixty million innocents have been killed in the abortion industry? More recently what was the church’s response to the destruction of the institution of marriage?
Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew Name) said, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:18-19) The church is not united, but that is due to many other issues, among them an absence of Israelis. From time to time the Church did unite around certain issues, prohibition was the best illustration. Some have suggested prohibition would have remained if it excepted wine and beer. Some have also suggested that abortion would have remained illegal, if exceptions for incest and rape were allowed. Regarding the teaching of Evolution as fact, some point out that a demand for a “young earth” theory instead of leaving the possibility that Creation took longer than six literal days of human time, (see 2 Pet. 3:8) has sabotaged sound arguments such as intelligent design. Of course, the fact of a “Big Bang” refutes Evolution, but the damage had already been done, before this evidence was established. This is only speculation about what might have been, but it illustrates that there is no middle ground between Heaven and Hell.
In truth, Believers are the church, not preachers, organizations or buildings. The only true effect that can happen to society of any nation, state or city is the result of God’s precence in people who wholly follow Him. Then, the gates of hell are destroyed as quickly as a flash flood or forest fire. When the presence of God is released in revival people are changed, set free, and released to hunger and thirst for God, His Word and His ways. Lord, Yeshua, bring Revival!