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Mike is the general manager of Q90 FM and co-host of Stand Up For The Truth. His new book, "The Suicide of American Christianity" published in May of 2012.

The Church in America: Leaders or Lap Dogs?

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Munich, G...The story of Adolph Hitler’s rise to power is sad, but very interesting.  One obscure man, filled with passion for his nation and hatred for the Jews, comes from nowhere to become possibly the greatest mass murderer in history.  5 million Jews murdered and nearly 50 million dead world wide in a war started by one man’s passion, hatred and determination.

The real sad story in the rise of Nazism in Germany was how the church was complicit in the rise of this madman.  The church’s unwillingness to stand up to this man as he started to accumulate power was the catalyst Hitler needed to become a dictator in Germany and a threat to religion and freedom throughout the world.

A wise man once said those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  Could the church in America these days be the next church to roll over and usher in an evil regime in this nation that will eventually lead to national and international chaos?

The Christian Church, all of us as the Body of Christ, is called to be light and salt to the world and the culture.  We are to be the conscience of this nation, making sure our government does not stray from the Judeo Christian law and principles upon which this nation was founded.  Well, how are we doing so far?  50 million innocent babies murdered so far in the name of “choice”; homosexual marriage now legal in 8 states; and a national healthcare program knocking at our door that many feel will be a gateway for euthanasia as a solution for our mounting medicare and social security financial crisis.

So called Christian organizations like Sojourners and Red Letter Christians supporting or sitting back silently while abortion, gay marriage and the national healthcare program take hold;  Churches bringing in leaders who openly embrace gay marriage as examples to teach Christians about leadership; and churches embracing social justice organizations who care more about political power than they do the lives of unborn children.  What a sterling example of principle and leadership the church in America has become!

Church leaders in Nazi Germany were nothing more than lapdogs for an evil tyrant.  I wonder how many church leaders in our nation will have the courage and conviction to stand up when things get really ugly in our nation?  Based on our track record over the past 40 years, I see little reason for realistic optimism.

But we serve a mighty God.  He is more than capable of rescuing our nation from the path to evil and destruction we seem bent on traveling.  All it takes is a little cooperation from his people and his mighty hand will move.  “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  “My people” is us—the church, not Washington D.C. or Hollywood—we as Christians are his people!

So the next time we are tempted to blame politicians, Hollywood, homosexual activists or abortion providers for the woes in this nation, think about that verse in 2 Chronicles 7:14.  The responsibility for this nation and the church in America sits squarely on our shoulders.  The fate of this great nation lies squarely upon us as the church.  That fact should bring us comfort.  But somehow I don’t find it very comforting these days.

 

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One Response to “The Church in America: Leaders or Lap Dogs?”

  1. Mr Davis #

    Me too, but it is because we are watchmen and we all have failed to sound the alarm for all unrighteousness and every teaching that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God. We failed long ago.

    2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV
    Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

    Ezekiel 33

    1 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:

    3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

    5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

    7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. 8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die ; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

    9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

    Paul's life is an example to us of how we should live and be free of guilt but we didn't take it to heart nor what he taught.

    Acts 20

    18 And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know , from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, 19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

    20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, 21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: 23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

    24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

    26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

    27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

    28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

    29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

    32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. 33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.

    34 Yea, ye yourselves know , that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. 35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

    I know I have not done this, therefore, I have blood on my hands.

    Lord I pray that all that are yours this side of Heaven, would take to heart this testimony of Paul and the high calling we have recieved in Christ Jesus and fail no longer to pass on the full counsel of God. May you empower us through the Holy Spirit, encourage us and strengthen us to this end. For without the Holy Spirit empowering us to do so it is impossible.

    God bless!

    February 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM Reply

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