The Church, the nation and the November election
For the past few weeks, I've carried such a strong burden for the Church in America and our nation that I've struggled to write this report. At times, the stirring has been so strong that as I've tried to go on with life and responsibilities, I will awaken each day with an even more intense grieving.
Possibly even publishing this article will alienate some of our close ministry friends and those we highly esteem in the Kingdom as mature leaders. The reality of jeopardizing a very young ministry who has experienced our own share of challenges both personally and organizationally to being misunderstood and branded has been fully considered. So maybe this becomes a turning point for ILE. Our decision after weighing these matters is we cannot stop speaking what we've seen and heard. A jealousy for the Kingdom now requires we express a few things with the sincere cry before our King, that they can somehow help right the course of this movement and our nation!
My burning question is this: Will the current apostolic movement fulfill its assignment or simply be remembered as a move birthed by God yet derailed along the way?
At a recent conference attended by several hundred believers from the apostolic stream and featuring nationally recognized Church leaders, I found myself having a difficult time engaging, and at times I was simply distraught. How can our meetings and conferences continue to dwell on past issues, personal blessings and international issues while our nation awaits the corporate mature Church to arise and contend for the King's interest? As important as the issues are such as the oil spill, the economy, the war, securing our borders/immigration and our foreign relations with key nations such as Israel, may they not become a distraction from our Kingdom assignment of seeing reformation, and specifically setting the course for our great nation's future.
November 2010 looks to be repeat of November 2008
It seems the Church is on course to repeat the same crucial misstep she took in the summer of 2008. For several months leading into November 2008, the culture was being enamored and deceived by what we now know as the most liberal, socialist political agenda in our history. Much of the Church, however, was focused on Lakeland, Florida, and what some called the Lakeland Revival. This movement was so deeply entrenched in its love affair with "anything goes to get a miracle" that God had no mature representation to guard His garden and interest.
My intent is not to rehearse old matters or call into question what great works God did for many hungry people. Yet corporately we must learn from our previous seasons if the Kingdom is to advance on our watch and finish the course. To speak clearly, the Church, including her leaders and saints, was deceived and now we're reaping the fruit. We failed to guard, and consequently, others govern!
It's time for the Church to awaken!
The Church is blessed with tremendous revelation and teaching on prayer. So many books have been written, CDs recorded, sermons preached and conferences attended by called men and women of God. Yet, at this critical point for our nation, it seems our movement is distracted. We are facing the distinct possibility of being irrelevant and therefore failing in our corporate assignment.
Who are we to issue such a call? We're simply a voice crying out to the people of God to awaken and stand for righteousness, truth and justice! May God stir up the spirits of His leaders and the Church so we go to work on building His house (Kingdom culture) in this great nation! May we immediately cease dwelling in our own paneled houses (Haggai 1:4) while wicked men plot to destroy our grandchildren's land of promise.
In Haggai's record, God's house was built because the prophets prophesied and called the people to a unified work. May our national prophets call the Church to a place of unified corporate work in these days. Surely we can live without an unhealthy focus on personal prophesies for the next 103 days.
- May Church leaders speak with boldness and courage concerning our nation and the Kingdom of God. The early apostles prayed to speak with boldness in the face of apostate religious systems and demonized civil rulers. It seems we see more boldness from some radio/TV personalities than we do from the pulpits of America! While TV personalities expose lies and risk their lives, some Church leaders are afraid of offending the sheep.
- May Church leaders stop the incessant spoon feeding of the army of God with personal well-being messages and speak to her for who she is -- The Ekklesia of the King.
- May every corporate gathering include a unified time of prayer over our nation and the November local, state and national elections. Educate those you influence concerning the righteous candidates and pray for them corporately. This is not a time to be paralyzed from fear over our tax status or tithing stimulus.
One active step you can take is to consider sending a prayer team from your region to Washington, DC, before the elections. We need small teams who want to stand in faith for our nation to join us. Many expressed an interest in sending teams last year, and yet for various reasons, the execution of the plan has not materialized. We need your portion in the Capital City!
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