Four Things the Church Simply Cannot Do

we cannot give upAmerica, in the judgment of many people, is in moral free fall.

We have gone away from God, and we are suffering the circumstances associated with a mind that simply does not work well (Romans 1:28).

In America today the church stands the chance of being seen as quaint and insignificant.

In this context, there are four things we simply cannot do.

First, we cannot give up. Some would say, “the case has been settled, let’s move on.” The case has been settled before the Supreme Court of the United States, but the decision does not change natural law or God’s moral law.

God’s church has been tasked with speaking truth in love to a lawless generation. We must not give up. It is not time for the church to be silent; it is time for the church to speak truth.

Second, the church cannot give in. We cannot equate the laws of man–even of a great nation like America–with the laws God.

We must render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, but we dare not render to Caesar the things that are God’s.

Third, we cannot shrink back. Some pastors are choosing not to sign marriage licenses as a means of protest. Others are limiting marriage only to the members of their local church. While well intentioned, those are means of shrinking back rather than standing for right. We must not let ourselves be placed on the margins of society. We must follow the example of Amos, Isaiah, and Jeremiah who spoke God’s truth to a sinful and shameful nation.

Fourth, we cannot quit loving people. This is God’s command, and we must follow His Word.

We must remember that the Holy Spirit is still at work. People are being changed and redeemed. As long as God is at work, there will be those who seem beyond hope who experience the hope of Christ. I want to be involved when God brings salvation to lost and hurting people.

As a kid, I took a year or so of piano lessons. I took just enough to play two hymns–neither of them very well, by the way. One of the hymns was, “Work For The Night is Coming.” The hymn is taken from Jesus’ encouragement to His disciples: “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4).

Let us be those followers who faithfully carry out the work He has called us to do.

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