Speak the Truth, Preacher

Everybody likes to be liked, even preachers. Yet the prophets of old were hated for rebuking sin. Ahab refers to Elijah as”the troubler of Israel” (1 Kings 18:17) for warning him of the consequences of sin. The leaders called for the death of Jeremiah because he dared to tell the truth (Chapter 26). Little wonder that the false prophets only spoke in ways to make the people feel secure in their sin. They are described in this way, “They have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, saying ‘peace, peace!’ when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed, nor did they know how to blush” (Jeremiah 8:11,12). Such is the way of “political correctness.”

The Apostle Paul said, “At least we don’t peddle an impure Word of God like many others, but in Christ we talk sincerely as men who come from God and stand before God” (2 Cor. 2:17). He did not do this in his own strength. He often requested, “Pray for me that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the Gospel” (Eph. 6:19). The preacher is not called to be liked. He is called to speak God’s Word faithfully (Jeremiah 23:28). Pray that God give strength to your pastor to be faithful.

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No Compromise

One of the major political parties is told that it will have to compromise on certain issues if it is to survive. This is understandable for those who see everything as relative, and nothing as absolute, but many citizens still believe God has given certain commandments that do not change and are not to be compromised. “You shall not kill” includes the unborn. “You shall not steal” includes stealing from our children by way of government debt. “You shall not give false testimony” forbids lying. For these God-fearing citizens there is no compromise on these issues. There are times when they overstep these boundaries, but they recognize this as sin, and humbly turn to God for forgiveness.

On some things the God-fearing citizen may legitimately compromise, but not on matters of right and wrong, good and evil, according to God’s standard. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness…because they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 5:20, 24). In this context may God give our political leaders courage to stubbornly resist compromise.

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Preachers and Comfortable Sin

The prevailing weakness of the church is to accommodate itself to the culture. It was true in ancient Israel. It is true today, as evidenced in the quote of the Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Church concerning gay priests: “Who am I to judge?”

When the nation of Israel became like Sodom and “slouched toward Gomorrah” (Jeremiah 23:14) God laid the blame upon those who were to be spiritual leaders: “If they had stood in my counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned from their evil way and from the evil of their doings” (23:22). God has strong words for those preachers who make people feel comfortable in their sins: “They have healed the hurt of My people slightly saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ when there is no peace…they were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush…At that time I will punish them” (Jeremiah 6:14,15).

Pray for and support such as hear God’s call, “He who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully” (Jeremiah 23:28). Jeremiah did this even though it brought upon him the hatred of his own people. God give our preachers such courage.

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Pray for the Nation

Abraham prayed for Sodom (Genesis 18). Starting with 50 he worked down to 10, “If there are ten righteous in the city, will You destroy it?” God’s answer, “For the sake of the ten I will not destroy it.” God did not find 10 righteous, but before destroying the city, He rescued Abraham’s nephew and his two daughters.

If Abraham should pray for a city, that in rejecting their Creator became known for their sexual violence for which was coined the word, “Sodomy”, should Christians not be praying for this nation, which like Sodom, flaunts its same sex preference, sacrifices its unborn, and exploits one another with drugs. God said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave!”

The Bible tells how God destroyed Sodom (Genesis 19) as a warning to us. Pray that our ears in this nation will be opened to hear the Word of God calling us to repentance. In that same Word He speaks forgiveness and a new life for all who will hear.

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