What can we do?
In order to solve the cultural chaos that we have created, three questions must be addressed:
1. How did we get
2. What can we do?
3. Who will lead?
Last time we looked at the question, "What can we do?" and we began a list of 5 practical steps every Christian must take in response to a culture on the verge of collapse. Before adding another step to our list, allow me to address the defeatist mentality being pushed by some who doubt the possibility of a cultural correction.
As I expressed in the opening of this series, I too seriously doubt the resolve of the Christian community within America. We are apathetic, undisciplined and, most of all, uncommitted to sacrificial Christianity. However, it is a very dangerous mistake to assume that our responsibility lessens just because some have concluded that America's heart is beyond reaching.
When I was first introduced to baseball as a child, my unlearned nature prompted me to run to first base, not through it. One of the very first coaching moments I can remember was the forceful instruction to keep running all the way through the base. I was firmly warned not to slide or dive at the base as if it were a stop sign. It didn't matter if I could see the ball out of the corner of my eye. It didn't matter if I assumed that I was going to be out. The best way to get myself benched was to give up on a play before it was completed. Coaches demanded 100% effort all the way through first base.
God is the same way. Too many times, in human history, man has made assumptions and his subsequent lack of effort has compounded the condemnation God was forced to bring down upon a nation. We are not called to tailor our efforts according to the things we assume we know about God's timeline. (Examples: Nineveh, the church at Thessalonica) We must run though the base.
2. Beg God to bless your home.
Pray! Pray! Pray! Put God's activities at the top of your priority list! Downsize and fast from the distractions of materialism. Study Titus 2:5. Establish a full-time family guardian.
When you dream, don’t dream about your child being the best in peewee league and one day getting a scholarship to college.
Don’t dream about your child being the most popular, most attractive, most dated person at school.
Don’t dream about your child becoming a doctor or a lawyer, making a six-figure salary, and living in a big house.
Don’t dream about your child finding earthly power and recognition.
When you dream, dream about your child capturing the attention of Heaven. Dream about God entrusting him with Heaven’s most difficult assignments. Dream about your child becoming a star player on GOD’S team!
Question: What if your child grew up to be brilliant, good-looking and witty? What if they excelled in school and graduated valedictorian of their class? What if they received scholarships to several Ivy League schools? But what if, instead of pursuing a lucrative career that could provide lifelong financial security, they traveled to a third-world country and spent the rest of their life raising a family that ministered among the poor, the diseased, and the lost?
Would you call that a dream come true?
Until Christian parents take more pride in their child’s loyalty to Christ than they do in their child’s earthly achievements, God's blessing is at risk and a righteous generational momentum will not be sustained.
An extreme culture requires extreme parenting. But be warned! If you do this, people WILL look at you differently. They will second-guess the wisdom of your decision. Many of them will talk about you as a paranoid parent with extreme views. They will assume you are neglecting your child’s socialization. Some will take it personally. They will conclude that your decision reflects poorly on them and they will therefore distance themselves from you.
As this happens, remember one thing, God did not put you in charge of their home BUT they should not be in charge of yours either. You have been entrusted with a family that is uniquely your responsibility. Many of those who will oppose you have already lost their children to the world or are well on their way to doing so. Don’t allow others to dictate the way you run your home or the ways you choose to protect it.
If the present cultural chaos teaches us anything, it should be this - it’s time to get serious. It's time to do more than blindly accept the failures of the past. Christians must be willing to make radical changes no matter how unpopular. The best home security system is the one God commands in Scripture. (See Titus 2:5 and 1 Timothy 5:14.)
To beg God's blessing on our home, we must restore righteousness to the family. We must guard the home and make it a God-sanctioned incubator for the next generation. Pray! Fast! Study! Weep! Sacrifice!
Question: When was the last time you were inconvenienced for the Lord? I didn't say persecuted, imprisoned, or shed blood on His behalf. When was the last time you were just inconvenienced for Him? We sing, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God," but do we truly mean it?
Matthew 10:38 (NIV) "Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me."
Next time we will look at the third practical suggestion - "Prepare for persecution."
Until then, pray for the coming of the Lord, but unless He comes first, run through the base!
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