Okay, before I proceed, I am not actually suggesting that Christians stop praying, okay? But, I want to address a situation that exists today that is, in my opinion, very sad and very dangerous.
In the days following the Supreme Court’s horrendous, unconstitutional, and ungodly decision to redefine marriage (a decision unprecedented in the history of the world! Do you realize how sad this is?? The very idea that these men could be so bold as to do this is staggering!) I have read blog after blog of Christians saying “Well, all we can do is to turn this over to God, and let him settle it. We just have to pray and leave it in His hands.” Or, I have read claim after claim that, “This decision proves we are in the last days, and Jesus is coming back very soon now, to set things right!” See my book, The Last Days Identified, for proof that we are not in the last days.
Well, let me make a couple of observations.
1. Jesus is not coming back to judge American, or the Supreme Court, for this heinous decision. Jesus came back in the first century as he promised. So, Christians need to stop praying for Jesus to come and straighten out this mess!
2. I suggest that the recent Supreme Court decision is the fruit of a long period of time in which Christians have stopped acting and done nothing but pray! Here is what I mean: For many believers, the Christian is not of this world. The world is “supposed” to get worse and worse! After all, that is what the Bible (supposedly) says, right? So, you don’t polish brass on a sinking ship. Why get involved in the nation if we are leaving town on the next cloud??
3. When many Christians have gone to the voting booth, they have voted with their pocket books and not their head, not according to their convictions on moral issues. I personally know many people – wonderful people in many ways– who have told me to my face that they deplore a given candidate for president, or governor, but, that candidate is a member of their party, so they will vote straight line this or that party! Seriously? Do we actually think we can elect men or women that are ungodly and then just set back and pray that they will be politicians of character? That is nonsense!
4. Far too many believers have bought into the idea that Christians should not impose our convictions on others. Unbelievers and secularists have been telling us this for years. And yet, what are they doing? The atheists, the secular humanists, the skeptics in high places, men and women who truly hate the Bible and Christ, set about to impose their beliefs on us, virtually every day and in every way!
We need to live our convictions. We need to share our beliefs. We should not be the “silent majority.” We need to share with our friends, our neighbors, our world, that Christ will exalt any nation that honors his word. On the other hand, “Sin is a reproach to any nation,” and if we as Christians will “stop praying” and start resisting that sin, there is hope. So, I suggest that it is far, far past time that Christians stop praying, and start doing!