A Call To Action

I am at a loss today, my friends.

Monday barreled through me like a freight train of sorrow. I woke up to news of a mass shooting, which killed 59 people that we know of and maimed or injured another 500 plus. Then, there was another loss a little more close to home that I was made aware of.

I am tired of posting pictures of ribbons and slogans on Facebook in some kind of attempt at bandaging the gaping wound that is bleeding out in our country, folks. I am tired of writing about death and destruction, be it from suicide, mass shootings, overdoses or other horrors that are becoming commonplace in our society.

The events of Sunday night should have been downright shocking. I should’ve woken up Monday completely and utterly bewildered that anything like that had happened. While I was saddened and somewhat shocked — it was not a completely foreign feeling. It was not something that was new to me, and friends, that makes me sad.

I’m not going to jump into a gun debate here. I’m not here for that.

I am here in a way to be like the Lorax, but instead of speaking for the trees, I am speaking today for life. Human life that we are losing at an astounding rate from a variety of issues. The life that is being stolen from us day in and day out.

I know it is not a terribly popular idea, but friends, this is not time to be shy or afraid. The time to speak truthfully and honestly, in any account, is now. Satan is stealing our people through a variety of means: drugs, mass shootings, suicide and others avenues. Any sinister thing he can do to steal lives — that’s where he is at.

In John 10:10, Jesus tells us that “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” He wasn’t lying. That’s the devil’s M.O.

See here in 1 Peter 5:8, we are told, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Evil is running amok, sneaking in through cracks and crevices to exploit and terrorize the souls of many. It is not new that evil exists, but it appears to be stepping up its activity level these days.

We cannot sit by and idly watch. We cannot just post pictures to Facebook and hope that someone does something.

We have to do something.

In Daniel 9:3, Daniel said, “Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackloth and ashes.” Later on in the chapter, Daniel calls out to God in verse 19, “O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act.”

Friends, I think it is time that we pray and fast. I think it is time that we call out to the Lord and engage in a true, close and personal relationship with God. That we cry out on behalf of our brothers and sisters that are hurting and those who desire to hurt others and ask that God intervene. That we humble ourselves before the Lord.

I believe also that we should commit ourselves in every possible moment to following Christ’s example. He loved his people. He loved the people that didn’t know they were his people. And he did it all while being led to the Cross to die for us.

We must follow his example and love our brothers and sisters as ourselves in a radically different way. In a way that is not what is typical. Not in a “sending prayers and thoughts on Facebook” kind of way. It is and will continue to be hard. It is a daily choice to pick up the cross and follow Christ and the devil is trying to make it harder. Friends, we cannot take the easy path. We cannot disregard what the Lord has commanded us just because it is no longer easy or doesn’t feel fun or isn’t something we can accomplish with the click of a button or the tap of a finger.

I am so guilty of sharing a picture on Facebook and thinking, “Well, there’s that. Now I’m done.” I’ve created awareness, I’ve shown where my allegiences are and now I can be done. Unfortunately, while Christ’s burden is light and the yoke is easy, that doesn’t mean the journey is comfortable. It is, however, very simple.

These are the days that really count, folks. These are the days where people will know us by our love as Christ said in John 13:35, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

We don’t have time to waste. Please join me and fasting and praying — in whatever way you feel led — and loving those around you in Christ’s example.

Put on that armor of God, as Paul explains in Ephesians 6:11, and stand “against the schemes of the devil.”