Recently I had the privilege of listening to a stirring message preached by Pastor Rafael Cruz, GOP candidate Ted Cruz’s father. It was a call for the Church and the ministers of this land to reclaim America spiritually and politically and restore her to the values and principles that made her great. A portion of this article, and especially the historic facts were taken from his message and Wall Builders.
Many people think the American Revolution started in the 1770’s, but according to history, they are mistaken. The revolution started in the 1730’s with revivalists like Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield and many others. The first great awakening led by such men was the fire that ignited the American Revolution. There was an overlap of both movements. First came the spiritual, and then the natural or political.
This unprecedented dual revival swept through the colonies and changed America. Churches were at the forefront of that movement for independence. For instance, included in the preaching of many pastors were the atrocities committed by King George of England that the British were perpetuating on the American people.
There were 20 grievances against King George written in the Declaration of Independence, as the great desire for religious freedom mounted in the hearts of the early American pilgrims, their armies, and their spiritual leaders. Every one of those grievances was preached from the pulpits a decade before the Declaration of Independence was even signed.
The pastors of that day were called, “The Black Robe Regiment” and they were feared by the British army. A story is told that early in 1776 a pastor named Peter Muhlenberg was preaching a message from Ecclesiastes 3:8, “There is a time for war and a time for peace”. At the end of his message he took off his black robe to reveal his colonel’s uniform in the Continental army. That day three hundred men followed him to fight for our independence.
This is a part of our heritage that has been erased from our history books.
As another example of how churches and pastors were involved in escaping the tyranny of the British and gaining our independence , do you know where Paul Revere was going when he was making his famous ride declaring, “The British are coming! The British are coming!?” He was going to the home of another pastor named Jonas Clark. In his home there were two patriots hiding, John Hancock and Samuel Adams, who were the two most wanted men by the British army, which had orders to take them back to England to be hung for sedition. Men like these were part of the resistance.
The first battle for our independence was the battle of Lexington, which was fought right outside Pastor Clark’s church. Eight colonels died in that war and seven were members of Clark’s church. His church played an integral part in that battle.
We’ve come to a similar parallel in our nation once again as our freedoms are eroding. What the Church does now and how pastors respond will play an integral part in determining the outcome of both the Church and the nation in the next generation.
Our foundations are being destroyed. What will we do?
“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Ps. 11:3)
Here’s the deal. Many are finally waking up and realizing that the devil has overplayed his hand. Beginning with the re-election of Obama it has become clear to more of us that we are in a serious spiritual war. This president is ruled by a demonic principality.
As for those who voted for him, which includes many professing Christians, hopefully by now many have repented over their most foolish decision.
This president that so many professing Christians voted for has mocked our faith. He has kicked the living God out of the White House and invited the gods of the Philistines in. He has made it common to bash what is sacred to us. He has clearly shown his dark hand. Who knows, maybe there is worst to come.
It is common knowledge now that this president is the most anti-biblical and anti-Christ president in American history. I should add anti-American.
How does that last one sound to you? An American president that is anti-American. Doesn’t exactly conjure up any cozy warm feelings, does it?
I praise God because the Church is finally waking up and smelling the horrible coffee that the Obama administration has been brewing these past 7 years. One sip of it could inoculate you against all sensibility and reason and make you one of his adoring fans and even jump on the Trump suicide train now. When will the Church discern the righteous from the unrighteous?
If our sudden stirring now can lead us to action, perhaps many more of us will not only continue to pray, but hit the voting booths and vote for righteousness.
The last straw for many of us was the nightmare SCOTUS ruling on same sex marriage. By now we should be realizing that this decision was not about equality, but about more religious liberties being taken from us.
That abominable decision is not even listed as one of the enumerative powers given to Congress. Therefore, neither the federal government nor the SCOTUS had any jurisdiction to rule on it. What they did was plainly unconstitutional. Doesn’t that just make your righteous blood boil?
As I said, there’s a silver lining to all this. This president has actually been used to catalyze the Church as more and more of us are being filled with righteous indignation over this man’s policies. If you’re not, something needs to be made right in you.
Ladies and gentlemen, my fellow laborers in the gospel, it is time to arise! It is time we draw a line in the sand and say, “No more! No more! We’ve had enough! We won’t take this anymore! We will not let you steal our children and grandchildren’s future! We will not let you steal any more of our religious liberties!”
Bonhoeffor said it best: “Silence in the face of evil is evil itself. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
You see, much of this is our fault. We’ve been too passive. We’ve kept silent for too long. We haven’t educated our churches and our people on true righteousness and morality. We haven’t made enough serious disciples. Too much indulgence of the world and too little of true communion with God has made us dull and compromising. Evil has advanced because we did nothing and said nothing.
Now listen to Charles Finney expound on the heavy responsibilities of our pulpits:
“If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awakened to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”
Let us repent and renounce our silence, timidity, and inactivity. It’s time to fight and rally to a cause that is greater than any cause – the cause for righteousness! Let our pulpits be set on fire with flaming tongues. Let us be men that can never be bought.
Let more of Finney’s words urge us on:
“Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it.”
We are on the winning side, ladies and gentlemen. The Lord is with us and always favors the cause of His righteous ones.
Let us unite!