Summary: I believe today that America and the Church in America is at a Crossroad, and it is up to each and every one of us here to decide whether it’s time to “stand down” or “stand up”! I believe it’s time to stand up!
The past couple weeks, I have heard a term more and more that to be quite honest with you, as a person who has not served a day in the military, hadn’t heard the term, and even when I did, I was a bit unsure what it meant.
Here is the meaning of the term STAND DOWN: A relaxation from a state of readiness or alert.
As it relates to the military, it is quite clear that the soldier is commanded to NOT go on the offensive against the enemy, but to cease from either defending or advancing upon the enemy.
I’m sure details will come out in the future as to the entire story concerning the attack on our embassy in Libya in which 4 Americans were killed by a terrorist group on 9/11 of 2012. However, it’s been reported that those who were there on the ground going through the nightmare of the attack were told to “stand down”.
Again, these things may all come out in further detail in the future, and my point is today is not about the attack, but those words “STAND DOWN” are very intriguing to me, especially in light of an upcoming election that has the potential to determine what kind of nation we have become, and will become in the future.
My concern today is not party affiliation, and I can honestly say before God that if a candidate from either party supports the values of what I see clearly shared in His word, then that person will have my vote.
I believe today, if we as the church as a whole around the Nation, and yes, even around the world would begin to care about the things God cares about, and I mean really care to the point of taking action, we could take our Nation to places spiritually that would bring great victory, both for our families as well as for our pocketbooks.
The Bible tells us about the battle that you and I face:
1 Peter 5:8-9 (MSG) 8 Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. 9 Keep your guard up. You're not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It's the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith.
We are constantly receiving the message to “STAND DOWN” whether it be from a media with no sense of right or wrong anymore, or from friends or family who think for some reason that if we are going to serve God, then we have to do it in secret so that we don’t offend anyone at all.
Well, I believe that if you and I are going to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a dark world, then we are obviously going to offend people because Jesus offended people everywhere He went, and it was the religious crowd who was often the most offended.
I believe today that America and the Church in America is at a Crossroad, and it is up to each and every one of us here to decide whether it’s time to “stand down” or “stand up”! I believe it’s time to stand up… do you?
Today, I’m going to look at just 3 areas that to me are the most pressing and needful in this day: