Living In The Throes Of A Counterrevolution

J. D. Conley
July 9, 2017

Thirty years ago who among us would’ve thought that we’d be living today in a deeply divided country? Where a significant portion of our citizenry vehemently oppose patriotism, the flag, our sovereignty as the world's superpower, our Constitution, our military and law enforcement personnel, Christianity, the Bible, family values and a basic sense of morality and common decency. It's apparent we, the Lord's church, are living in the throes of a counterrevolution. Some have termed this time of upheaval as a "soft civil war." Yet, one can readily see it's losing its softness quickly. There is a full bore assault on Police departments all across this land. People are burning flags sometimes right off people's front porches. Physical attacks are made upon people who are simply wearing a tee shirt that supports liberty or someone they believe wants to do what is good and right for the nation as a whole. Cars have been set ablaze because of a bumper sticker someone didn't like. What can we as God's children do to stem this tide of hatred and violence?

Pray Fervently- Our country desperately needs heaven's help. Though these problems may seem insurmountable and irreversible, don't ever forget the power of fervent prayer. James tells us, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (Jas.5:16b). The involvement of the God of the universe will result in radical changes, if we will but fervently petition His throne.

Preach Constantly- Not a diluted social gospel but the gospel of Christ. Paul says, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek" (Rom.1:16). Just as God's power is available through prayer, His power is also available through the gospel of His Son. How can things not change when prayer and preaching the gospel takes place? Even when the most dedicated counterrevolutionary submits to the gospel of Christ, his entire behavior, focus and attitude changes. In the kingdom one who was once a lion becomes a lamb, (Isa.11:6)!

Profess Christ- Follow His example, be a reflector of His light, let Him live in you, (1Pet.2:21; Mt.5:16; Col.3:10, etc).

The Lord's church is living in perilous times, of which we have been forewarned, (2Tim.3:1). Yet, they can be made less perilous provided we comply to the blessed triad above. So pray, preach and profess. "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life..." (1 Tim.6:12)!