Will We Be Found Faithful?
It Is Not Time To Flee to the Mountain!
As the clouds for the perfect storm gather on the political and prophetical horizon, the question continues to be asked, “What is the role of the Church in the area of politics and public policy?
We are no doubt living in the “last days!” Jesus said, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28
But until Christ does return, the question of whether or not the Church should be involved with politics and public policy is driven by the command of our Lord to “preach the Gospel to every creature” and to be “salt and light” until He comes again!
In Psalm 11, David also faced a similar dilemma as he witnessed the self-destruction of King Saul and his own sovereign appointment of God to soon become the king of Israel. Because of the adversity David was facing, many were telling him to “flee as a bird to the mountain!” But he refused! David regarded the Lord a more sure refuge than any mountain or human fortress could offer!
David also knew that God had given him a job to do! Although for just a little while a wicked king had been on the throne; it was now his turn to do what a godly king must do! Preserve the foundations of the future!
Psalms 11:3 asks the question that demands an answer…from the Church! “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” “Foundations” is a metaphor for the essential elements for the order of our society. This includes the three institutions of family, government, and the church.
We live in a day that the family and the church are not only under attack, but have been made the enemy of government by deviant politicians, special interest groups and ungodly legislation. David’s fainthearted counselors advised him “to flee like a bird to the mountains!” But he refused!
At another time and place, as a young shepherd boy, David had asked his cowering brothers the question “Is there not a cause?”
Almost three thousand years later David asks us “If the foundations be destroyed what shall the righteous do?” Let it be understood that the Lord has called the Church to do what we can, while we can, until He returns!
Peter was told by the Lord that He would “build His church and the gates of hell should not prevail against it!”
Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.” 2 Cor. 2:14 Again to the Christians in Rome he encouraged them by reminding them that they were more than conquerors, through him that loved us!” Rom. 8:39
As the clouds for the perfect storm gather on the political and prophetical horizon, the question is not, “What is the role of the Church in the area of politics and public policy? The question is “will we be found faithful?”
The time we live in does not call for the Church to flee to the mountain but rather to flee to the throne of God!
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
It is in the LORD that we must put our trust!
Dr. Rick Adams, Senior Pastor
Greater Portland Baptist Church