about hearts, not about laws
I have never been convinced that
marches, petitions or boycotts accomplish much spiritually. They can be beneficial
at times, but I’ve never seen them produce revival or get anyone saved.
Too often the church is asking, or even demanding, that nonbelievers conform
to biblical principles that believers are not practicing themselves.
For example, if people who say
they are born again would stop supporting movies, TV shows, videos and other
entertainment that advocate the breaking of the Ten Commandments, that would
curtail more evil than all the boycotts and marches combined. Satan would
rather the church sponsor a boycott than pray. He has no fear of petitions
unless they are petitions of prayer. Let’s stop trying to reform the
sinners to Christian principles and let’s concentrate on getting the
church right with God.
Let’s face reality: God is
greater than bad laws. God does not poll the sinners to determine what He
will do. Politicians are not responsible for the wretched spiritual mess in
North America; the church is responsible. And society will not get it right
until the church gets it right. Please read 2 Chronicles 7:14.
I am greatly disturbed that many
Christians’ lifestyles vary little from the lifestyles of nonbelievers.
In my private conversations with a number of Christians, it soon becomes evident
that we are more motivated by money than we are by morals. Various surveys
have shown that the conduct of Christians in the marketplace is almost identical
to nonbelievers’. Where is the evidence of the transforming power of
Christ in our lives? Why would anyone want what we have if they see no difference
Perhaps we need to organize a march
that would emphasize righteousness within the church. Why not organize a boycott
against gossip, immorality and cheating within the church? Perhaps we need
a petition that says we are going to live right and reach the lost rather
than try to get sinners to live according to our rules.
God wants to send a massive revival
to America. He is not waiting for political changes or permission from the
courts. He is waiting for the cry of repentance and intercession from His
church — and that is you and me.
Charles E. Hackett
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