I have read many professing Christian’s statements about what they are going to do when the virus is over. It appears that they believe everything will be as before. That’s like a double amputee anticipating leaving the hospital so that she or she can walk again. Do they really think the old “normal” will be there when the shutdown is lifted? I’m beginning to think that it does not matter to them as long as they can return to their sense of autonomy and freedom.
When it is over, it will not be over. The bane of having our freedom taken away may be gone, we may feel that we have more autonomy and freedom—but we will actually have less. Some businesses will not survive the Government’s extremism. Money will be too scarce to go on a spending spree. Sitting in a restaurant is not going to be more than a moment of exhilaration. Who will be irresponsible enough to spend money on a vacation with a depression rising over the economic horizon? What will we actually have once things return to “normal” that will cause us to feel better? Oh, I know, it’s that thing Christians do—meet in buildings. Has meeting in buildings made Christianity a strong and influential power in our society? Uh…no.
Christians are on their own—no secular entity is going to make certain that the religion survives and continues. It is up to the ones that truly know God to make certain Christianity survives as a biblical paradigm for true followers of Christ Jesus.
Every church building in America could be permanently shutdown, forcing everyone to hover around a computer screen to vicariously get a sense of “meeting,” and not one individual in the secular realm would have the slightest speck of concern. Give them jobs, and places to eat, shop, and party, and secular people will be satisfied. It will not matter to them one whit if our Nation’s sovereignty is surrendered to a Global Government.
We should not focus all our efforts and concern on preserving our rituals, and practically nothing on maintaining and growing our spiritual lives. Our rituals can be mandated to death—all we will have left is what is of God and growing inside. Spiritually dead churches, heretical churches, and Seeker/Emergent churches also livestream virtual meetings to their membership. Some also hold drive-in parking lot meetings while ushers in masks and rubber gloves pass around buckets to collect the filthy lucre. It is like witnessing a large blob of spiritual virus shaking and quivering to rise again to slime all over Christianity’s landscape.
What makes true Christians different is what we do outside of the buildings and when the livestream ends. If praying is not a sacred and blessed privilege to us, we will fall into the same pits with the charlatans.
When the shutdown is over, ecumenists will come out again urging willfully ignorant professing Christians to go back to “Papa”—the idolatrous and blasphemous Roman Catholic bondage. Professing Christians will continue to accept New Age rituals as ancient lost true Christian practices. They will continue to support heretics and heresy, cluelessly promoting flagrant spiritual wickedness on Social Media, and otherwise skipping along in their quest to see the wizard. That is what God has become to them—the wizard of Oz that will snatch them out of their nightmare and take them back to rural Kansas.
If that appears cynical, that’s because it is. After years of warning people, of telling them that when surge to a Global Government came it would happen quickly, they never paid attention to anything but their comfort zones. Now we are in a nonsensical, panic and fear-driven crisis, that needlessly destroyed our nations economy, attacked our First Amendment rights and gave liberal extremists way too much power over us (all the while claiming Constitutional privilege to override the Constitution). There was no check and balance in place to stop them or to effectively rollback their hyper-authoritative decrees. During this charade, I witnessed anchorless, professing Christians sucked into the lie, fully committed to supporting the Government—believe every word they heard while sheltering with the herd. Concurrently, they excoriated fellow Believers, calling them murderers, demoniacs, people for whom a special place in hell awaits, simply for listening to the Holy Spirit and refusing to be deceived. Will those people even return to “normal” if “normal” exists after the shutdown ends? Or will they continue to go about with worthless masks or masks that they do not know how to wear properly, giving the evil eye to people who refuse to breathe carbon monoxide, and do not genuflect to secular knee-jerk governing?
Their angry replies will no doubt be references to people that died, accusations of heartlessness, and the standard ad hominem. But let me make one fact clear—this is not about the virus. It is about extreme liberals taking advantage of a novel, but flu-similar, virus to destroy and possibly charge forever our society. It is about Christianity being so weak that it can no longer influence or hold the Government responsible when it oversteps its boundaries. Where in the past there might be a Christian leader, and enough cohesiveness in Christianity, to make the Government reluctant to exert such audacious control over the people, there is nothing left but a vacuum. It’s like a boxing match where one of the contestants does not show up. It is about people so spiritually weak that they care more about believing possible, maybe, “trust me, I know,” threats, with padded data, than they do about their freedom.
It is not just that we are sequestered and cannot do anything about it, but because so many professing Christians do not want to do anything about it. They are as meek as “broken” horses, ready to be ridden, to go wherever the reins direct them to go. When the shutdown is over, as long as there is a barn, stable, food, and security of sameness, they will be content.
I am not advocating for activism, but for professing Christians to repent of their lack and weakness. It’s too late for that. We need to be ready for what is certain to come after this shutdown is over. There is nothing more powerful we can do than pray. But even praying is worthless when souls are not committed to and are in harmony with God.
Some professing Christians may reply, “You need more love. God knows my heart. I’m doing the best that I can.”
Yes, God does know your heart and everyone’s hearts. He knows whether or not you are doing the best that you can with all that He has given you. He knows whether or not you are making an honest effort to know Him, fighting the good fight to pray, to obey, and be productive.
He also knows if you are truly one of the billions of professing Christians that prioritize everything in life above Him and then complain when someone points out that fact. He knows when you are more aroused, animated, and vocal, about someone calling you to repentance than about His Holy Spirit calling you to fellowship with Him. He easily recognizes when you count a rebuke or exhortation as “persecution” or “suffering for Jesus” when you have not spent more calories than in a cup of yogurt obeying Him. So yes, such a person has a case against me for rumbling through their comfort zone like a bull in a china shop.
But does not the period call for strong rebuke and exhortations. I would hazard to guess that 90 percent or more of professing Christians in this nation are either apostate or are on the path to apostasy. They want to be religious, practice some rituals, attend a few church meetings, et cetera, but they do not wish to be serious about their relationship with God. They are embarrassed by people serious about a relationship with God. This article either embarrasses or offends them—or both. The fact is that they can be so easily subdued is not hidden from the eyes of extreme liberal predators—demoniacs all.
We have the luxury in this Nation of houses, good beds, easily accessible food supply, and numerous amenities of life in this Constitutional Republic. There is a huge faction in this nation that would either take or give it away to get rid of the remainder of Christianity and personal autonomy. Make no mistake about it—a great force of evil strains at the thin boundary of the election process. When they break through and get back in control of the Presidency and Congress, we will long to return to the “glory days” of this shutdown fiasco. It will appear as a tropical utopia compared with the great smothering death of personal freedom that will land on us like a mountain.
Do you want to wait for that to occur before you decide to pray and get in right relationship with God? Sadly, history records that the overwhelming majority of people will do just that. Furthermore, they will attack and insult the ones that try to warn them until the day when they will weep and mourn for their good old days in “Egypt.” God is not going to force such people to hear and repent.
There is a phrase in God’s word that declares, “…and after that, the judgment.” Look it up. It defines our life in the Temporal Realm. Get real. Victory is not going to come by sitting around waiting for someone else to fight our spiritual battles. Either we rise in spiritual strength and retake the ground that we lost, or we slump into “wimpdom” and meekly await our chains.
This is not a game! We are not going to take up our marbles, go away pouting that the Government didn’t play fair, and return to play another day. This is the defining monument for each professing Christian. Take up your cross and stop whining about the splinters.