This week, the popular store Target decided that they would allow transgenders to be in whichever bathroom they choose. Meaning, a man could say he’s a woman and go into the women’s restroom, and vice versa for the women. Before I really start this post, I want to say this – I boycotted Target quite awhile ago. You may remember my post on gender roles and Target awhile back. They have supported homosexuality in very blatant ways, and while I know most of every store supports something that Christians probably shouldn’t, they, along with stores like Starbucks, are very liberal, support Planned Parenthood and other organizations. But this post isn’t about Starbucks or Target or even Planned Parenthood and what I think you should do about this. I will urge you to pray about this topic and be very careful as you make your decision on whether or not you will boycott them for this recent decision. They are putting people at risk. Isaiah 5:20 says, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.” and we all know what the Bible says about these topics.
But no, this post is not about stores or which store we should now boycott. This post is about our battle…a battle that we have not been fighting hard enough in. It is time for Christians to rise up, put on the armor of God and fight back. I want you to remember all of the things that have happened in the recent years…in the recent months. Homosexual marriage has become legal, abortion has continued to become more and more popular, and now these laws for transgender people, allowing them to live as whatever gender they choose, as opposed to following God and being who He made them to be. And what have Christians done about this? You may get upset with me and tell me that you have done something. Maybe you’ve posted angrily on Facebook. Shared a photo about it. Moaned in agony to your Christian friends because you are just so upset about how this world is going down hill. And those things…those things are okay. You are allowed to rant on Facebook. Hey, Facebook is a mission field. Social media is a mission field. This blog has allowed me to impact hundreds of people that I would have never met without it. Same for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and so on. The Bible tells us to talk to fellow believers. It is fine to talk to them and share our burdens. But here’s the deal…just doing that stuff is not enough. You want to know how we fight back? Here are four ways.
1.) Seek Revival For Our Own Hearts.
This world is sinful and it is indeed going very downhill. In the words of Merle Haggard…it sure seems like this world is a snowball headed for Hell. It’s getting worse. And worse. And worse. But if we want this world to see a revival, if we want to see lost souls come to Jesus so that this world can be turned around and brought back to Him, we HAVE to start with revival in our own hearts and in our church. We can not see revival for lost souls until we see it in Christian souls.
“The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for want of His Presence.”
― A.W. Tozer,
One of the best ways to reach lost souls is simply being a good Christian. I’m not saying to do good works and that’s it…because, trust me, they will see through you. If you’re simply talking the talk, they will see it. But if the church really becomes the salt and the light and they see the difference in us, if they see our revival, see how happy we are in Christ, how strong we are, how unashamed and ready for battle we are…they will begin to wonder why we are so different. Why we are willing to fight for God. We must have revival for ourselves, we must be willing to do anything for Christ before He can move through us.
2.) Go Preach The Gospel.
We know the Bible, so we have the best weapon there is. Yet for some reason..we don’t want to use it. Even when we witness, we cherry pick. We use John 3:16, but forget about other important verses. We preach love and forgiveness and grace…and don’t get me wrong, those things are important, we would have nothing without them, but before we can have God’s love and mercy, we have to first see that we are lost sinners without Him, dead in our sin. We must repent before we receive His forgiveness. Most Christians will claim that they are witnessing to people, but telling people that God loves them and dropping the subject is not powerful, it is not going to impact anyone, and most importantly, it is NOT what Jesus told us to do.
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
When we remove things from scripture or try to sound smart and eloquent and make God seem like someone He’s not in order to “convince” people to be saved…Christian, you are no better than Mr. Worldly Wiseman, whom we learned about yesterday. You are emptying the cross of Christ of it’s power. So PREACH. Show sinners how sin effects them so they will WANT revival! Why would they want revival and to turn away from their sin if they think it’s okay? If we want to see a difference in this bad old world of ours, we have to get rid of the sin! So preach the Gospel, the true Gospel, so that souls will be saved, and sin will be destroyed.
3.) Stop Backing Down.
Our church is full of a bunch of wimps. Maybe your Pastor is great (mine is!) and the majority of the congregation is wonderful. Don’t get me wrong here – there are some amazing, Bible believing churches in this world. And you may belong to a church that is sold out for God. The majority of your family there may be out winning souls. That’s great, and that’s definitely possible to have. But listen, the majority of us? Wimps. We have allowed sin to take over. Let me repeat that. We have allowed sin to take over. I hear so many Christians say, “Woe is me, this world is so bad!” and sigh and complain but they never do a thing about it. If you’re really upset about this world, get off your butt and do something. Stop watching TV and go witness. Stop complaining on Facebook and causing drama and post about the Gospel for once. Stop complaining and start DOING. Get on your knees and pray that God shows you where He wants you to be, because I assure you..He has a place for you, and it’s not sitting and muttering about how bad this life is. Is it bad? Yup. But we are supposed to be trying to make it better. Instead, we’re just watching this world get worse and we don’t care.
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Where is our concern for lost sinners? Where is our zeal for God? We need to have a fire lit under us and in us, we need to have revival, we need to wake up and stop backing down! We are asleep, and when Christians sleep…well, the Bible is clear on that. When Christians sleep, evil men come in to destroy. If you really think the world is sinful, then go proclaim the sin. Go share the Gospel, and don’t shut up and apologize for offending someone if some anti-God liberal comes and starts calling you intolerant!
4.) Get In Your War Room and PRAY.
Last year, I went to go see the movie “War Room” with my family. It is, by far, my favorite movie. It made such an impact on me. I’m a huge fan of Pure Flix and the movies that they have put out…but man, this one. I think it’s the best. We could learn a lot from that movie if we would watch it and commit to prayer. Prayer makes a difference. Without prayer, we have no relationship with God, and our relationship with Him changes everything. Let us remember what the Bible says about prayer and revival.
2 Chronicles 7:14
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.
These four things are our only hope for not only America, but for every country out there. Every part of this world. That verse is everything in a nutshell. Christians. Seek His face. Humble yourselves. Pray. Repent.
If you want to see a change in this world, then be the change.