The letter I have presented below is not intended to be a final draft. It is presented here for review and comment, to be revised for publication. When we, the leaders and members of this Patriot Union, have arrived at consensus that this message is as good as it can be, it will be sent out to Christian leaders around the country (world). It will be then that all members are free to use it and present it to their own Pastors and Christian leaders. I believe this is the key issue that the Church must address.
For nearly a dozen years I have been focused on the question this letter presents. I have always believed that the only way that America can be saved is by good and righteous people standing up and fighting evil... standing up as one and being the instrument of God's providence. Many others that have been compelled by the same Spirit have come together in this Union. God has often used a handful of people, a 'remnant of the faithful' to be the catalyst for His power to manifest. I am praying that God will use us for His Will to be done.
An Open Letter To Christian Leaders
“ And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28
There is broad consensus among Christians that we are living in the last days and that Christ’s return is surely coming soon. Persecution is on the rise. The general rejection of Christian virtues and values is becoming predominant to a level that only a few decades ago would have seemed impossible to imagine. What we see happening in the world around us has brought certain realizations to light.
One question that needs to be examined is about how we got here and what responsibility the Church has in responding to the moral decline, the lawlessness, and the growing threat these things bring. We know that the Lord will come and that we will be rescued ultimately. Nevertheless, we understand the risk we face because of our faith and the risks our children and loved ones face from violence and, more importantly, spiritual corruption.
Over the past 50 to 60 years America has undergone a radical transformation spiritually, culturally and socially. We can see parallels to this transformation in the stories of God’s people in history. The rejection of God’s authority and the requirement to live by God’s Word is not new and each time that a people fall into lawlessness the result is the same. This period in America’s history is marked by two parallel realities. One, the predominant culture has shifted towards self-gratification and self-determination. Two, the body of God’s people has acquiesced to the dominant cultural shift and has, in many ways, been shaped by it rather than the other way around.
So, the question we, the Body of Christ, now face is, ‘What should our response be?’ Do we continue to acquiesce? Should we stand up against evil or should we look to heavenly rescue and let the world around us fall? And, as Christian leaders, what obligation is there to prepare for what is coming? It is going to get bad.
“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.” Matthew 24:22
So, what preparation should be made? What counsel be given? We know that there will be a great falling away from the Church and many will be deceived.
‘3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.’ 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
The real question that we who believe God’s Word and who are called by God’s Name are facing is, ‘What does God expect from us at this time?’
Does God intend for us to be passive in the face of evil? If we do not understand our calling to defend the Gospel and to stand against what is evil then we are failing Christ and failing all mankind. We are surrendering the lost to their inevitable fate of hell. And the argument that has been presented to us that ‘religion’ has no place or voice in political or public matters is a lie. The Church has been largely absent from the public and political arenas for the past 6 decades and that is why, in some real way, we have arrived at these crossroads. It seems that we stand on the precipice of calamity and that the Body of Christ has no intention to resist it. Yes, Christ will save us. But does that mean we stand idly by while havoc and destruction run rampant?
The ambition of this letter is to elicit a dialogue among Christian leaders about what our obligation to Christ is in the face of these last days. And it is proposed only because it seems that such a dialogue is non-existent. My hope and prayer is that the Church will unite, driven by God’s Spirit, and take a stand against evil thus producing a beacon of hope and light in a world that is growing evermore dark and desperate. And some will respond saying that beacon has always been and continues to be present in the Church. But the question that is emerging is not about whether the beacon exists, it does. The question is about how bright that beacon is and whether it is as bright as it should be.
‘Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.’ Matthew 5:15
Is our light on a candlestick or under a bushel? Are people worldwide seeing the light and recognizing the Church is fighting to illuminate the darkness? Are those that are sitting in the pews on Sunday seeing the Body of Christ engaged in a public fight against evil? Do they feel like they’re part of a war against what threatens them and their children? Is the lost world looking at the Church and recognizing, whether they agree with us or not, that we are fighting what WE SEE is evil?
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” Matthew 5:13
What should the role of the Church be in fighting evil in the Public and Political sphere?