On Saturday, a young man, filled with hate, thoughtlessly took the lives of 10 people and wounded 3 more in Buffalo, New York. Sunday, as people were enjoying a meal after worshipping God, a man walked in and thoughtlessly took one life and critically injured 4 more people. At a busy flea market in Houston. Texas, 5 young men had an “altercation” and the result was that 2 were dead and 3 were critically wounded. And these were not the only incidents this past weekend. So, I ask again: How long, o people of God?
- How long will you choose to turn a blind eye to Satan’s rampant attacks and attack those who have been captured and seduced by Satan rather than fighting the spiritual war that is all around us?
- How long will you choose to blame this, that, and the other rather than getting involved with the people in your communities by getting to know them? Love them?
- How long will you cry out for Jesus to return rather than helping others see how much they need Jesus by seeing how much YOU need Jesus?
- How long will you choose being “comfortable” at “your” church rather than finding ways to relate to the people around your “sacred” building?
- How long will you choose to be culturally relevent rather than standing on God’s Word alone, even if you are laughed at?
- How long will you be spiritually lethargic rather than seeking the power of the Holy Spirit to fight against Satan and his minions?
- How long before you stop quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14 and start BEING a 2 Chronicles 7:14 people?
- How long before you earnestly pray for a great awakening and revival in our land?
How long, o people of God, before you start doing these things, and much more? This morning my heart cries and is breaking for all the victims from this weekend, and every other day. I pray that yours is, too! But having our hearts broken and shedding the tears of grief and compassion is not enough. Never has been enough. Never will be enough. God is in the business of redemption–places, situations, cultures, people! His plan is to make this happen through His People! So, I ask you again: How long, o people of God? How long?