Worthwhile (and necessary) reading

Over the past few weeks, I have not been released from a burden to pray for the Church, especially in America. At the beginning of this year, the Lord spoke to me about a window of opportunity for the American Church to truly repent. That window is closing. Will we repent? 

All leading indicators are a big fat NO.

The Spirit is exposing our deepest sins in the American Church. It’s not entirely clear that we’re paying attention. From the latest developments of Catholic Church abuse in Pennsylvania to politically motivated evangelicals doubling down again and again on this administration to megachurch warnings that need to be heeded, the best we are doing is discussing policy changes.

The latest stab at division seems to be John MacArthur’s latest stunt to prepare for yet another book on yet another “greatest heresy of our time.” His fundamentalist finger points to the evil of social justice.

Over the past week, I’ve come across several articles and posts worth reading. I would invite you to take the time to look through these challenges.

While MacArthur does get a lot wrong on his “statement” about social justice, the response from the progressive side of Christianity is typically weak as well. This post gives an honest evaluation of both deeply flawed views of social justice.

What often is missed in all of this is the response of the Church that is “other.” We’re used to “white” responses. People of Color are marginalized, even in discussions about social justice. Not in this article, which takes on MacArthur’s statements and what is missed when it comes to race.

Another place where the “evangelical” response is too closely tied to the “white” response is politics. The current doubling down… and doubling down again… of political power brokers among “evangelicals” is leaving out a major segment of the truly evangelical population: people of color. This post is a response.

And a note on that: too often in the white response we are very quick to point out a handful of response that sound good to us from people of color. That’s about as useful as black people carving out the white supremacist responses to something and declaring that to be the “white view.”

The issue in all of this is about POWER. Richard Foster wrote a book many years ago on the three main “gods” of our culture: Money, Sex, and Power.

This current pruning of the Spirit is about the toxic power we’ve fallen prey to in our American Church cultures. We need to pay attention. This post is an honest look at toxic power in the evangelical church.

But what I have not been able to shake in any of this is a call to prayer. I can argue MacArthur all day long. I’ve long made known my stance on the current political craze among the last vestiges of political evangelical power. I can talk just as long on what “justice” really means.

Those are all empty pursuits right now. The enemy has been exposed. The enemy’s strategic attack on the American Church has been exposed. And what is needed is not one more argument. What is needed is repentance.

It is not for me to stand on one side and lob theological grenades at another side while I cry out self-righteously: “See! God is judging your house!”

Wesley Hill offers humility in how we should see ALL of what God is doing in this post. 

God is judging his house, and it’s getting ugly folks. We need to fall to our needs and ask for mercy. That window of opportunity is closing.

Walk through these articles. It’s worth your time. We need to hear different perspectives. But when it’s all said and done, would you ask the Lord to speak to you about repentance? About prayer? About fasting? We need to hear from heaven… and soon.

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