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Standing On The Sidelines


STANDING ON THE SIDELINES

Pastor David Lukinovich 

The Tabernacle Church, Louisiana


Has the PC (politically correct) movement infiltrated the church? Or, perhaps a more alarming question, “Has the PC movement silenced the church?”  Man’s attempts to solve society’s most pressing needs, I believe, have only exacerbated the problem.


Money and programs might provide a temporary fix, but they will never provide a permanent solution. What, then, is the solution? 


Before attacking Ramoth-Gilead, Ahab, King of Israel, approached Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, asking him to join him in the attack. This was Jehoshaphat’s response: Jehoshaphat replied, “I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will join you in the war.” But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.”  2 Chron. 18:3-4


First, seek the counsel of the Lord! The current state of our nation begs the question: Is anyone asking God what to do? 


Deliberate neglect for the Word of God forces us to also answer this question: Is the Bible still relevant today? Why have the cultural issues plaguing our nation been hijacked by the PC movement? 


Racism, addictions, gender identity, suicide/depression, and abortion are not political issues; they are God issues. The Church, not the government, has the obligation to engage on these issues. The Church is not called to be a spectator, sitting idly on the sidelines. Jesus said: “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18) 


The Church needs to move from the sidelines to the frontlines. Fear of offending someone should not silence the Church from speaking the Truth of God’s Word. The Bible is a living, breathing document--not an outdated, irrelevant relic. We, the Church, are given the mandate: “This is what God says.” 


Jesus did not remain on the sidelines; he engaged His culture with love and with Truth. To the shock and dismay of the disciples, Jesus, by speaking to a Samaritan woman, broke through racial and social barriers. More than words, His action was a demonstration of His Church. 


The Apostle Paul said it best: Am I now trying to win the favor and approval of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please someone? If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. Gal. 1:10


It’s time for the soldiers of Christ to pick up the sword of the Spirit and boldly proclaim the Truth of God’s Word!


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