Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Our country is burning; we ought to have this degree of urgency: the home (country) you live in is burning—not smoldering, burning.
If you don’t think so, read this article from the New York Times: Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana. Note these frightening words, “…church leaders must be made to take homosexuality off the sin list.” Did you catch that? Not ‘must be persuaded,’ but “must be made.” Compelled. Forced. Your children are already being labeled bigots; not will be some day—are now being ostracized and the society prepared to marginalize and eradicate them in the near future.
And it’s not as if this article is alone, nor even rare…this is the growing consensus—even amongst a rapidly growing number of Christians (and so-called Christians).
What must we do? First, we must recognize where we are, and just as importantly, how we got here. To that end, please read this article by Douglas Wilson: “Our Transgressive Daisy Chain.”
That article is a desperately needed call to clarity and to action. So what do we do? I believe the best plan of action I’ve yet seen can be digested in the following series of articles (also a book) by Joel McDurmon: “Restoring American One County at a Time.”
The above should coalesce all faithful believers around this common cause. Listen! God will raise up either a Nehemiah or a Noah. Would you not rather see the walls rebuilt than the place destroyed?
Finally, note these words from the NYT article, “Then there’s the 2014 book “God and the Gay Christian” [sic] by Matthew Vines, who has garnered significant attention and drawn large audiences for his eloquent take on what the New Testament —which is what evangelicals draw on and point to — really communicates.”
Did you catch that? What is the real origin of the Church’s failure? The bifurcation of the Bible, and only by Recovering the Unity of the Bible will we be able to lay a foundation capable of bearing the load of the walls in such desperate need of repair.
How did the repair of Jerusalem’s walls begin? Nehemiah received a message similar to the one you’ve just read. “The remnant…is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.”
May we respond like Nehemiah:
“As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying…”O LORD GOD of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments… let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”
Nehemiah wept, mourned, prayed, and then took action. I have shown you a mirror, do not walk away and forget what you saw, but be a doer of the Word, not a hearer only.
3 thoughts on “Nehemiah or Noah?”
This article would make a good follow up. http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-post-indiana-future-christian-religious-liberty-gay-rights/
“If my account of our moral condition is correct, we ought to conclude that for some time now we too have reached that turning point. What matters at this stage is the construction of local forms of community within which civility and the intellectual and moral life can be sustained through the new dark ages which are already upon us.” – Alisdair Macintyre, After Virtue (1981)
Nate, sorry my message did not go through with regular e-mail. I commend you for your thought and efforts to effect a change in our nation. Though, I do wonder if it is not already too late. Still, Christians need to take courageous stands on issues to not let evil take over our society. The freedoms we have enjoyed have been a gift from God that we tend to take for granted and are now suffering the consequence of that. But the issue for me is more of how to save a dying faith. We have entered a very troubling time when chopping off pieces of the Scripture we do not like (Marcion influence) will soon be considered the Christian norm.
The homosexual issue is just one of many. Relating to the homosexual issue you may want to take a look at Jim Hamilton’s blog. He is the minister of Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, KY and Bible professor at the Baptist Seminary located in Louisville). He and others, aware that Matthew Vine’s book was coming off the press, I believe obtained an early transcript and worked tirelessly to come out with a book refuting it so it would be available as soon as Vine’s book appeared in bookstores. Their book is titled “God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines”.
Jim Hamilton has several blog postings relating to this at jimhamilton.info/page/2/ and
….. /3/ from April 22, 2014 to April 25, 2014.
The reason I say this issue is just one of many — I have studied the Emergent Church theology, which seems to be alive and “well” (??). In my opinion, it is the end-time apostasy! Yet no one seems to care! The emergents have picked up on Vine’s positions and are introducing them even into the most conservative of churches. Churches are being taken over with this doctrine, as well as other heresies before many of the members are even aware of what is taking place. Before long, the church is flipped into a postmodern church for a postmodern age.
It is a mix of New Age Spirituality, Roman Catholicism and the loss of Biblical integrity. The two most influential leaders are Robb Bell and Brian McLaren, but encompass so many of the well known “spiritual” leaders across the nation – especially in the large mega-churches.
In case you are interested I have listened to, I think a 9 hr. documentary, on You Tube and read the following books:
“Another Jesus Calling” by Warren B. Smith
“A Wonderful Deception” by Warren B. Smith
“The Emergent Church – Undefining Christianity” by Bob DeWaay
“Faith Undone” by Roger Oakland
“Hath God Said? Emergent Church Theology” by Elliott Nesch
It is a mixture of just about anything imaginable, including a pro-Palestinian position.
The church needs a wake-up call but no one seems to be listening! It is an undoing of Christian faith in this century and most Christians are totally blind to it. It seems there is very little opposition to it – either because few have taken notice or they do not have the courage or the knowledge to resist it.
Blessings to you!