“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.”
(Revelation 2:2–5 ESV)
I’ve tried as best as I can to avoid most of the rhetoric surrounding this election.
This is not because I don’t have strong opinions about some things… I most surely do.
I have avoided the war because I have chosen not to be at war with any of my brethren.
Disagreeing agreeably, but with charity, does not seem to be an option for engagement this year.
However, it’s now time for me to say what is on my heart.
It’s time for the American church to turn back to God.
It’s not time for America to turn back to God for such a thing is not possible…the country is not a person with a soul that can do such.
The church, however, has forsaken it’s first love and the manner in which we are called to battle if we are called to battle at all.
We have stained our calling with the sin of the world and we look no different than it.
Whether you support Trump or Clinton, you are forced in some measure to call evil good.
We have dishonestly attempted to portray both candidates as being motivated by their faith in Christ, a claim that would have been laughed at with scorn and derision in saner days.
We have fallen into more apocalyptic thinking…if our candidate doesn’t win, then the end of our country is nigh.
This presupposes that God is wringing His hands waiting for our vote… which are tied depending on who wins the election.
This is blasphemy.
We have treated those with a differing viewpoint as enemies…not just personal or political enemies, but enemies of Christ.
This is a mockery of New Testament teaching and an abomination to our faith.
We have marketed fear and rage and those are a denial of the faith once delivered…our witness to the world has been that of Moses when he struck the rock.
It’s time to repent.
It’s time to pull back from this debacle and be what we are called to be… a remnant.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
(1 Peter 2:9 ESV)
We must return to our first love, a love of Christ that demonstrates itself in love of the brethren and a heart for sinners.
We are a nation within a nation, proclaiming the excellencies of our Lord and not those of some earthly leader.
We conquer…not by guns or political influence, but by the same tools our Lord used.
Sacrificial love and death.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
(Ephesians 6:12 ESV)
We can do this because we our hope is in resurrection, not Republicans or Democrats.
We know we are pilgrims, looking for a city not built with hands.
We have read the end of the book and the apocalypse turns out really well for us.
We believe…or we don’t.
If we don’t, we may see our lampstand removed.
Someone needs to check and see if it’s still there…
Make your own application…