There is a story in the Bible involving King David that has always fascinated me. The man “after God’s own heart” committed adultery and then arranged for a loyal servant, Uriah the Hittite, to be killed in an effort to cover up his sin. When the prophet, Nathan, confronted the king, David quickly acknowledged his evil and received mercy from the LORD in that he would not die. However, the child he had fathered with Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, would perish.
As was announced by Nathan, the child became ill and lingered for seven days. Even though David knew that the LORD had already made a decision concerning the child, the king fasted and lay on the ground pleading for the child’s life. When the child eventually died, David’s servants were very hesitant to tell him, fearing he may do something reckless. Hearing them whispering to each other, David surmised that the child was dead. The Bible then says:
So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate. Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (2 Samuel 12:20-23)
Even though God had spoken emphatically regarding the child, David felt compelled to entreat the Almighty for mercy any way. He didn’t cease to pray and fast for the child’s life until God answered him. Having received the definitive answer, David went on with his life. In other words, he knew that, in spite of his own failure, the God of Israel is merciful and forgiving. Until the child was dead, there was still a chance that God might “be gracious to me.” I am convinced that David’s hope in the mercy of the LORD was not misplaced; it’s just that in this particular case, God’s answer was “No.”
There are other examples in Scripture where God’s answer was “Yes.” The prophet Isaiah was sent to King Hezekiah with the message, “’Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live” (2 Kings 20:1). Upon hearing this, the king turned his face to the wall and began to weep bitterly, petitioning God for grace and mercy. Before Isaiah could get to the street, the Almighty spoke to the prophet, told him to turn around and deliver another message to Hezekiah.
“I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD. And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of My servant David.” (2 Kings 20:5-6)
My point in all of this is, its never too late to appeal to Heaven for mercy and forgiveness. I hope this truth will resonate with those in the Body of Messiah who have already given up on America.
In their minds, the “child” is as good as dead. We’ve gone too far. We’ve butchered too many children while in their mother’s wombs. We have thumbed our nose at His standards and declared that same sex marriage is every bit as valid as what He ordained in the beginning. We mock the idea that homosexuality is a sin and that mankind was created male and female, only. We celebrate death and disdain life, all in the name of democracy, choice and human rights. How can He possibly spare us from destruction?
I agree that the forecast is bleak and that the carnal whims of our people have driven us to the very brink of destruction. America may, very well, be hanging on by a thread but, as long as that thread holds, I believe we should follow the example of King David and King Hezekiah – we must petition God for mercy. Furthermore, we should do everything in our power to fight for righteousness and the restoration of biblical principles in our country. We must raise our voices and be silent no longer. We must take action in our sphere of influence to speak up for what is just, noble and pure. We must not continue being intimidated into silence, thinking that we must limit our expressions of faith to the four walls of our congregations.
If for no other reason than to curtail the murder of innocent babies destined for the abortion industry’s butcher shops, I say, “No more!” May our cry be, “Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered.” If we contend for the Kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness while standing upon the rock that is our Messiah, the very gates of hell shall not prevail against us, much less the godless and uncircumcised adversaries that promote death and licentiousness in our society.
Now, I must make a confession: a few years ago I, too, was convinced “the child” was as good as dead and, consequently, I no longer felt compelled to get involved, politically speaking. My view was that politics and public service was thoroughly and irreparably corrupt. To be clear, I still think the political world is a snake pit – one only has to watch the news this week to know that – but I’ve had to repent of the notion that we shouldn’t be involved. In fact, it’s entirely possible that our municipal, state and federal government is full of snakes because God’s people haven’t walked in the authority given us by the Messiah to “trample on serpents and scorpions.” Why should we expect anything different from what we have if our position is to be “hands off”?
When the Presence of the Holy One fills a person, a congregation, a Temple or even a house of government, the Adversary is blocked from having his way.
Granted, it is our responsibility to safeguard against his attempts to infiltrate the situation, but when the house is “filled,” he doesn’t have free reign. On the other hand, the absence of the Holy One in any of those scenarios allows for the Evil One to come in, set up house and create a stronghold. So, to buy into the notion that the people of God shouldn’t be involved in the political scene limits the Spirit of God, to some degree, from affecting the actions of government.
In other words, if we are “the light of the world” and the “temple of the Holy Spirit” then it seems logical, even necessary, for us to permeate every facet of human existence, including the political world. Our refusal to participate doesn’t result in merely a secular government but allows opportunity for our government to become aggressively evil. In effect, our apathy allows the Evil One to control government agencies and, consequently and to some extent, our lives and ministries.
Perhaps much of what we complain about in our society has happened for that very reason – we refused to get involved. Maybe the Creator is allowing this to happen to make a point and to see if we have the will to fight whatsoever. Maybe He wants to see if we are content to watch our nation collapse and see countless millions perish under a wave of godlessness (not to mention the abortion clinics) just so we can hurry up and get into the Kingdom.
Let’s look at it this way: how important was it to God’s people and many others that Joseph was Pharaoh’s viceroy? How important was it to the Jews in Babylon that Daniel was in the official position bestowed upon him by the pagan Babylonian government? For that matter, how important was it to Nebuchadnezzar that Shadrach, Meshech and Abednego were among his government administrators? If they had not been there, would he have ever acknowledged that the God of Israel was God? How important was it to God’s people in Persia that Mordecai became a powerful administrator? Hopefully, you see the point: God has always had His people involved in the political affairs of man.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not into the “Kingdom Now” mindset or “Dominion” theology and I’m certainly not under the impression that the United States is destined to be the eternal superpower. That lofty position is reserved exclusively for Israel under the Kingship of the Messiah. However, I don’t know for certain that God’s purposes for America are fulfilled just yet – the child may be sick but it isn’t dead. Maybe the problem is that, as His people, we aren’t functioning in our purpose and that’s why the entire nation is so sickly. Perhaps God’s people have become so focused on what is going to happen in the future that we have abandoned His purpose for the present. If that be the case then we have, in some form or fashion, potentially altered His purposes for our future and, quite possibly, for Israel. Let me underscore that point with a question or two:
Would President Hillary Clinton have moved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem? Would President Jeb Bush have recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan? Would either of them have dared called out the Democratic Party for its fascination with infanticide and socialism during their State of the Union address?
Say what you will about Trump – and I was one who was NOT on the Trump Train in the beginning – but it seems obvious that God is using him to make a statement in the world, and especially where Israel is concerned. Now, ask yourself: Would he be President if God’s people had decided not to get involved?
While you’re pondering that question, consider that we now have Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) and Rahida Tlaib (D-Mich) in the US Congress pushing to influence the Federal government to adopt an anti-Israel position. I have no doubt that if we remain silent and inactive in the face of such blatant anti-Israel sentiment they may, in time, get their wish. That will not bode well for Israel or for any of us who are followers of Yeshua. But I, for one, will not remain silent, nor should I – nor should you. The prophet Isaiah reveals that we are not to remain silent about the Creator’s purposes and especially where Israel is concerned.
“For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns.” (Isaiah 62:1)
Until all is accomplished, we are not to remain silent – we must proclaim the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light! We must do so in our homes, our congregations, our town halls, our town squares, our state houses and even, God willing, in the White House. Now, I want to be clear about something: As God’s people, we shouldn’t let politics control our lives because, ultimately, we are citizens of another kingdom. We are anticipating the return of our King to rule and reign from Jerusalem.
On the other hand, if we’re not involved in what is going on here and now, wicked politicians will control our lives. Which way would you rather have it? Be engaged or be enslaved? As for me, I shudder at the thought of being rebuked by the Messiah because I hid my talent in the back yard and didn’t get involved with His purposes for this world and THIS nation. He may not return when I think He should; things may not happen the way I thought they would and, so, I don’t want to be branded a “wicked and lazy servant” because I had things figured wrong.
The child isn’t dead, yet. In fact, I’m of the opinion that the winds have shifted slightly, perhaps in our favor, and we have been presented a brief window of opportunity to make a difference in this country and the world. As I said in my last blog post, I am convinced this is our “Maccabee Moment” so we’d better make the most of it. Let us, with all of our might, petition the Creator for mercy and favor that His purpose for us and for this nation might be fulfilled. His will is that none should perish and that all should come to repentance. But none of that happens if you and I stay home, fold our hands and determine that He’s got it all covered. Just maybe, you and I have come into the Kingdom for such a time as this. Shalom.