When the police are standing down and unable to protect law-abiding citizens and law-abiding businesses, we’ve got a problem. When the citizens of a city are marching in the streets with guns to protect their property, we’ve got a problem. When lawlessness is breaking out around the country — Seattle, Portland, even Washington, D.C., and roving bands are hounding diners at restaurants if they won’t salute Black Lives Matter, we’ve got a big problem.
In Washington D.C., an official group, which answers to the mayor, issued the following recommendation: “remove, relocate, or contextualize,” many of the monuments and memorials to America’s founders. That includes the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. On Thursday’s “Washington Watch,” Southern Theological Seminary President, Albert Mohler, insisted, “it’s an effort to try not only to rewrite history, but now to act as if history didn’t happen.” (from Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council.)
Satan’s Ground Game
The ground game of Satan is always the same—intimidation and fear. The same tactics Satan used with Moses, Nehemiah, and the kings of Judah and Israel. The same tactics Satan attempted to use with Jesus (Luke 4). In most cases it works. Most Christians are easily intimidated and just want to get along, stay comfortable, and be happy.
But we are living in a new world. The old has passed away and guess what? A new world order is coming. I believe it will either be a Socialist Revolution or a Kingdom of God Revolution. The days of just getting along are over.
God’s Ground Game
In Acts 4, we observe God’s ground game in taking back Satanic territory. The First Church of Jerusalem cried out to God in believing prayer, and then went out and proclaimed the Gospel. God’s ground game is believing prayer and bold proclamation. One of the reasons we have felt led by the Lord to bring in Sean Feucht to our city is our growing conviction that he may be a “spark plug” for a Kingdom Revolution. Believing prayer, and the bold proclamation of the Kingdom, is exactly what we are doing this Saturday, September 12th at 10:00 am.
Sidelines or Arena?
It was Theodore Roosevelt who once said, “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause.” Never in my lifetime has there been such a test of Christians in America. You and I will either be found in the arena, fighting for what we believe in, or on the sideline, watching the revolution happen. Where will you be?
Choosing the arena,
Steve Holt M.A., D.D.