I came across this email that was sent to me by a friend from the church that I attend. I found it very interesting and encouraging to know that there are still people who are willing to stand for the word of God and are not willing to give up the Truth even though the circumstances seem to be a bit intimidating or controversial, as some would say it. In this email contained a prayer that a Pastor so boldly prayed in the opening of the Kansas Senate. Mind you, he was asked to open up the session in prayer. Here is what he prayed…..
“Heavenly Father, We
come before you
today to ask
your forgiveness and to seek
your direction and guidance…
We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that
is exactly what we have done.
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We have exploited the poor and called it the
We have rewarded laziness and called it
We have killed our unborn and called it
We have shot abortionists and called it
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it
We have abused power and called it
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it
freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called
Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today;
cleanse us from every sin and set us free..
~Pastor Joe Wright~
Now tell me how many people including the legislators walked out of that place in protest. My question is…Why? But we all know the answer to that. Because they know it’s the truth and they cannot come face to face with the person they really are. They know that they have allowed this country to slip down a dark and scary road…Demanding that God be taken out of schools, and people who preach Jesus to keep silent. Well…not anymore! Some say, it’s time to rise up and stand! God’s people are still standing boldly without any shame…facing the lion. God says, He sends us out as sheep among wolves. The funny thing about sheep is that they are good at obeying, and the crazy thing about wolves is that they are sly and cunning…deceitful and only around for one thing…to prey on the weak, and they stick around hiding…waiting…very quietly until they see that their prey is lost or dieing to sneak up on them when they’re at their lowest point. The one thing about sheep though is that they are almost always being watched and looked after by their Shepard. And as Jesus said the sheep only know the voice of their shepards…and they know they are protected. Even when they are lost He will find them, and when they are weak, He will care for them.
We have come to a place in this lifetime where freedom of expression is encouraged…yet Christians aren’t free to speak out about their faith. Slowly and slowly our rights have been dwindling down to almost nothing, yet we are still called free. It’s okay to call on the name of Allah because it’s considered to be diversity, but God forbid I call on the name of Jesus, that’s considered to be offensive! How much more can we tolerate the silence…and how much more can we go about pretending to be spiritual, yet keep the only answer we know to ourselves. Some people might call that reserved and shy…well, I call that selfish!
I am encouraged to take a stand and get out of my own little place of comfort and peace and cause a fire that will burn in people’s hearts…wake up the dead, stir up the sleeping…cause havoc for Christ instead of staying in my safe haven. Let’s do something and take a stand with boldness…AND STAND FACE TO FACE WITH THE LION!!!