What Do We Deserve?

My thoughts often turn to the season we are in as a country, as a church and as a Remnant. With the election less than four weeks away I find I am praying for November 3, 2020 more than I have ever prayed for a day in my entire life.  

I do not believe we are in a season we in the 21st century have ever witnessed. I firmly believe the outcome of the election will dictate our daily lives like we could never imagine. Whatever news we wake up to on November 4, 2020 will change us forever, if we like it or not.

I spent most of last week listening to testimonies of individuals who have experienced, either firsthand or through loved ones, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) concentration camps. While listening to the testimonies, I often thought, “how is it possible this is happening yet nobody is talking about it?”

One girl spoke of seeing her father lying in a freezer, his stomach stitched from naval to collar bone after his organs were illegally harvested. Another woman shared stories of the torture she endured after being arrested due to her faith. A young woman told us about her sister, who has been in the camp for two and a half years, tearing when she said she wasn’t even sure she was still alive. Testimony after testimony, reality after reality, yet the world, the church, remains silent.

A week and a half ago, Johnathan Cahn spoke at The Return in Washington, DC. He said whatever outcome we get for the election would be God allowed. At first, I was taken back, slightly offended that Johnathan was saying God may allow a man to become president who wanted to legalize the killing of babies right before they are born and who has had an ongoing relationship with the CCP for nearly 50 years.  

But, after listening to the stories of the men, women and children who daily experience persecution, torture, abuse, abduction, heartache and violence, I don’t feel offended by his statement anymore. Rather, I feel guilty of my silence, annoyed with my ignorance and saddened by my tolerance.

We, the church, the Body of Christ, have allowed the world to get to this place. We allowed God to be removed from schools, from our daily lives, from our anthem and now even from our churches. We stopped fighting against the onslaught of the enemy and even allowed the doors to the House of God to be closed, many of which may never open again. We are the only ones who can be blamed.

We promised we would “never again” allow genocide to occur under our watch, yet genocide is occurring in places like China, Nigeria, India, Pakistan and so many other countries around the world.

We were told to take care of the widows and the orphans yet say nothing about the thousands of orphans left behind by parents taken to camps or slaughtered during terrorist attacks.

We keep the sick out of God’s House, knowing full well the Word tells us to, “lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:17)

We declare our God is a God of life, yet so many of us go mute when it comes to discussing abortion and the millions of babies killed every year, babies God knows personally and adores to the fullest.

We call ourselves Christ followers yet live lives contradicting His teachings.

We have allowed government to tell us what marriage is, regardless of the fact we fully know the Word’s explanation of marriage has been tainted and tarnished by the world.  

We get angry when a pastor talks about politics from the pulpit even though many biblical teachings have been hijacked by the political system.

We don’t want to know about the starvation of our brothers and sisters in India, or the abuse they endure in Pakistan, or the genocide they are experiencing in Nigeria or the Nazi like concentration camps they are placed in in China.

We refuse to vote for a man because of his past faults yet vote for individuals whose platforms go against biblical principles and beliefs just because they speak pretty and act professional.

We have become so absorbed with ourselves, our churches, our homes, our families, our little worlds that we have forgotten that Jesus told the disciples to, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

So, now I wonder what we deserve. Do we deserve judgment, or do we deserve a second chance to make things right? If you had asked me this question a couple weeks ago, I would have told you I fervently believe we deserve a second chance, that we warrant an opportunity to attempt to right the wrong and get the Church back on the path God desires it to be on.

But, now I wonder if we are like Israel, after they had turned their backs on God for the hundredth time, after they had ignored His commandments, stopped following His teachings and ceased to love Him above all else. They put Him in a position where He had no choice but to eliminate the sin that corrupted their very core. They were guilty and the desert was their punishment.

Are we about to enter into a time of desert? Or, are we going to receive a reprieve, four more years to abandon our wicked ways and turn back to Him?

Have we humbled ourselves enough, prayed enough, sought His face enough to save us from the judgment we have earned?

Do we deserve a second chance?

I honestly don’t know, but God I hope so

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14

Author: Lydia Barbara

I am a woman standing on the Word, believing in its infallibility and knowing I am all that God says I am.

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