The battle that is forming for the 2010 elections has a most curious component to it. As Americans rise up to challenge the ruling ideas of what government should and should not do, those who currently wield that power have begun to feel threatened. They see citizens deciding that they will not let government run rampant over their God given rights and freedoms. They see people of every race class and creed uniting to say, you have come too far and we will drive you back to the established limits of government.
When the people gather to demand less governing by the government, it is a sure sign that something radical has changed in America.
This then creates a danger. Just like when an animal is cornered it becomes more dangerous, when a political system is in danger of being undone the political elite will lash out with every stratagem and device available to them to hold on to their power.
When this begins to happen it is easy for us to back away in fear. We instinctively seek to minimize our own risk, and thus shy away from conflict. However as Christians this is a foolish course. We are called to shine as lights to the world around us, Christ intends to use his church to be a bold testimony for Him. We can’t do that however if we shy away from risk. When we act in Christ’s name, in line with His will, for His purposes and not our own, the outcome is His.
In fact occasionally those actions will result in suffering, and that is good.
As it says in 1st Timothy 1:7-9
7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
8So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
The main point then is that we should do what is right regardless of the consequences. If we are paralyzed by our fear we become slaves to it rather than God and He will have to break us of that. (Not a pleasant experience) Furthermore, I am convinced that He will find someone else to work through and we will miss the awesome blessing of being used by God to accomplish a mighty task.
If we bother to look around we will consistently see God using people to accomplish tasks far beyond their skill, from Elijah to Wilberforce to a local GenJ club. We easily forget God’s power demonstrated on our behalf, Oh brothers and sisters, we serve a great and awesome God who loves to demonstrate His goodness. Don’t forget that!
Rise up and Stand with Courage!