So much is being written and spoken about a presidential candidate’s suggestion of removing non-profit status from religious organizations who refuse to affirm certain lifestyles held by many as being outside the preferred will of God, outside of Scriptural definitions of marriage and sexuality. Many are beginning to hit an almost panic tone, questioning their church or ministry’s ability to survive if this becomes reality.
While the proposition before us may cause hardship, its implementation is not the greatest tragedy the Church will face.
The greater tragedy will be when we see churches and ministries compromise their Biblical values, to gain favor with the government.
This may be the best thing to happen to the Church in decades.
It will purify our motives, reveal in Whom we truly trust, and leave clear footprints for others to follow. Will our steps be among the few who forge forward in holiness, or will we wander backward into compromise with the masses, choosing the easier, broader path?
If you are tempted to say your church or ministry cannot survive without the favor of the government, be honest enough with yourself – and others – to admit you don’t really believe the God you say you serve is able to take care of you.
Look through scripture from Genesis to Revelation, and see what happened any time – every time – God’s people chose to trust Egypt or Babylon or anything / anyone in the earth, rather than Jehovah Jireh, their provider.
Follower of Jesus: Give, because He has given to you. Donate to places and causes that lift up and honor His Name without apology. And, do so because your God commands you to give and He promises to reward, not because the world system chooses to honor you.
A donation given only for a tax deduction isn’t a gift given, in faith believing God will honor. It’s more of a strategic investment with a guaranteed return on your taxes.
Ministry leaders: if this does, in fact, become reality, we are about to face one of the absolute best times of testing and proving in our lifetime. Welcome it. Embrace it. Allow your faith to be strengthened in it.
Storms reveal our foundations.
Who, or what, are we truly depending on?
We need heart surgery, and we need it now. May the Great Physician pierce all of our hearts with His holiness, His power, and – through Holy Spirit power – purify us all, that we may serve Him and His Kingdom better.
May we allow His winnowing fork to do its work in our hearts and our ministries, separating the wheat from the chaff and leaving us all more purified in Him. (Matthew 3:12, Luke 3:17)
Otherwise, the sickle just might be held by secular hands, leaving us open to a watching world as we reveal in whom we truly trust.
May God receive all the glory, when His purposes and plans prevail no matter what resistance tries to come against Him.
For King and Kingdom…