Hold onto your guts, y’all. Because here we go.
So, I guess the first question you have is why you should take precious minutes out of your day to read my blog. I have no catalog of qualifications to throw at you, no garish opener to ram down your throat. What I have to offer you is Christ. If that isn’t good enough, then goodbye. Don’t bother reading any further. If you are comfortable living in mediocrity, move on. You will find most of my medicine too hard to swallow.
Now, some of you have left me already, and I will shortly lose others who judge that the words I present are not convenient, fresh, or fascinating enough. That’s okay by me. I am not in it to win followers. I am not here to be loved by society or to garner the most likes on social media. I honestly could not care less about numbers, best-sellers, or sold-out venues. I am here to speak a message, one that needs to be heard in this hour, and I am not the only vessel being used by God.
This message is a call to awakening. This message is a call for the Church to take her rightful place in this world. This message is to call out sin, apathy, and heresy within our ranks. This message is a call to repentance. This message is a call for the mobilization of the army of God.
You will have to forgive me in advance for taking the harsher road through Scripture, for not sugarcoating the truth, and for not worrying about whose toes I might step on in the process. You see, unlike your trend-crazed pastor, I will not try to console your fragile self-concept by stroking your ego and feeding you junk food. “God loves you just the way you are…He wants you to be happy…If it makes you feel good, why it must be godly.” Yeah, that is exactly the type of preaching that made you the weak person you are today.
Suppose you treat an adolescent like they are a delicate piece of china, never stretching them, never challenging them, never compelling them to step outside their comfort zone. Instead of feeding them vegetables, you serve them McDonald’s for dinner every night. Instead of encouraging them to excel in sports, you give them participation trophies when they give no effort at all. Instead of pushing them toward academic success, you do all their homework for them. Let me tell you what will undoubtedly happen: they will grow up to be feeble, helpless, and stupid. At the slightest difficulty, in the smallest confrontation, they will faint and forfeit the battle.
Sound familiar? This is precisely the style of most modern pastors and the results they achieve. In America, we are seeing proof of these grand accomplishments as numerous battles rage against the Body of Christ on a massive scale. Day after day, the news tells of another battlefront where the Church is losing, needlessly. I suppose that vast numbers of us have never heard that as children of God, we have authority given to us through Christ. To take a quick glance across the American Church, it would certainly seem that all but a few are oblivious to the royal authority they could be walking in while here on Earth.
Their ignorance is mostly thanks to guess who? Yep. Their pastors. With every sermon these ear-tickling preachers preach, their congregations become more and more numb to the reality of physical, spiritual, and cultural war. More than this, these so-called leaders treat their “flocks” as if they are unfit for war. They will be held accountable in Heaven’s Courts for their gross negligence.
Nevertheless, if you are one of these blind sheep, you, too, will have no excuse before God when He inevitably asks why you did not choose to live an abundant life, a life of powerful, godly influence on a lost world. Why? Because despite the dereliction of your leaders, you have access to the truth. It’s called the Word of God. In this Word, you have access to the teachings of Jesus, Paul, James, Peter, and John. I am certain that their words often sounded cruel and insensitive to the early followers of Christ. They did not mince words. They did not enable sin and indulge lust.
Instead, what they preached was the unadulterated truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ – the whole Truth and nothing but. So many shy away from the truth these days for fear of offending someone, or they think love looks like watering down the truth to something more politically correct. Let me be very clear. To tell the truth is to love. The Apostle Paul says that we must “[speak] the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15, NKJV). This does not mean you gingerly and politely speak the truth. What this means is that you unambiguously speak the truth because you love.
As for me, I will love you with the Truth. As for me, I will not be caught preaching a fair-weather message in the face of an oncoming storm. A watchman who fails to sound the alarm has blood on his hands (see Ezekiel 33:6).
Am I worried that some people I know (and love) will never speak to me again after they read this blog? Yes, but that is the unfortunate cost of being right. You understand that not everyone will come to the Truth. It makes me heartsick to think how my loved ones are perishing for lack of knowledge. That is why I write in the first place.
The Truth is uncomfortable as heck. People do not want to hear the Truth because they know subconsciously, down deep, that they will have to change their lifestyle after coming to the Truth. They know that the Truth will set them free from things they want to keep holding onto!
It is at your own peril that you would choose to not hear the Truth.
If I do not write bluntly, I run the risk of not waking you to reality. I will do my best to write with compassion, for compassion is the reason I write, but I cannot cushion all the harsh blows. It is an unpleasant revelation when you come to find out you have been living a lie your whole life. It is quite the rude awakening.
As I have said and as you might have noticed, I am not like your local church’s cowardly preacher. I will not lie about your potential and purpose. Instead, I will tell you that you are NOT damaged goods. Because you are a child of God, you are army material. I know you would tell me that you lost muscle over the years, but this is not so lost that it cannot be regained.
So, you need to start strength training in the Word. Gird yourself in the Lord. Put on the whole armor of God. Then, follow me as I follow the victorious, risen Christ into this war for America’s destiny.
Let these words from the prophet Joel strengthen your heart for battle:
Proclaim this among the nations:
“Prepare for war!
Wake up the mighty men,
Let all the men of war draw near,
Let them come up.
Beat your plowshares into swords
And your pruning hooks into spears;
Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ ”
Assemble and come, all you nations,
And gather together all around.
Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O Lord. (Joel 3:9-11, NKJV)
In Christ and in victory,
P.S. Check out this awesome song by Steffany Gretzinger.
Share the truth—but only if you dare.