Michael Brown on Local Churches as Centers of Resistance

It is true that our elected officials help determine the direction of the nation. That is why we emphasize the importance of voting and staying involved in the political process.

But it is also true that God’s people, gathered together in local congregations, can have an even greater influence on the direction of the nation, especially when we make up a substantial part of the population. As Jesus put it, His followers are called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matt. 5:13-16).

But what does this look like? How do we fulfill these sacred and sobering roles?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”

How do we make a transformative impact on our society? How do we resist the destructive trends that threaten to destroy our nation? How do we push back against real forces of wickedness?

It is certainly not by taking over our neighborhoods through intimidation and fear, forcing nonbelievers to live by our moral codes.

It is not a call to take up arms and literally go to war with our ideological opponents (although it is perfectly appropriate for Christians to serve in their military to fight in what theologians have dubbed “just wars”).

A week ago Saturday, at a Jericho March rally in Washington, D.C., where Christians gathered to pray against election fraud, one of the speakers said, “President Trump has been betrayed at every step of the way … he needs to invoke the Insurrection Act and suppress this insurrection.”

He continued, “You can be called up as the militia to support and defend the Constitution … if he does not do it now while he’s commander in chief, we’re gonna have to do it ourselves later in a much more desperate, much more bloody war. Let’s get it on now while he’s still commander in chief.”

This is most certainly not how local churches are to function as centers of resistance.

It appears that some of the speakers invited to the Jericho March had no idea it would go in the direction that it did (including a visit from Alex Jones). And the last speaker of the day, Jonathan Cahn, declined an invitation to be there in person because he was concerned about the political overtones of this prayer event.

He explained this to me via email (with permission to quote him publicly), “Then I felt let to send a message for the purpose of refocusing a zeal that I was concerned was going off. Thus I focused on the real danger—the spiritual and moral agenda that is progressing across America—and to encourage God’s people to not to compromise, not to give up, but to focus on God’s power—and prayer for revival.”

Cahn continued, “More than once I said, ‘Some trust in princes and kings, but we trust in God,’ and that regardless of who sits in the White House, it is who sits on the throne that matters—and that He alone is our hope. That we must stand for God and His ways without fear and pray—as revival in God is our only hope. Then I prayed for God’s will for America, its people and government, for revival.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News