A week ago I posted an article called Beware of Political Allegiances.
In the opening paragraphs of that article I said:
Despite the hostility often displayed over the difference of views about spiritual gifts there seems to be one area of regrettable agreement bridging across that spiritual divide.
Today an example of the truth of that observation was posted on a well-know pastor/author’s blog.
He has been a consistent critic of Rodney Howard Brown for decades, and has recently posted new articles of criticism on his blog regarding Howard Brown’s statements about the Covid-19 virus, such as “quarantine is for pansies”.
However in his most recent article he finds himself in agreement with Howard Brown, even admiring his stance (regarding his recent brush with the law) before returning to his usual (valid) warnings about the danger of Howard Brown and his teachings.
But what was behind that agreement and admiration?
From that blog:
Browne was arrested, then released.
Browne then made a public statement, saying “I did all of that for the Constitution”. Our US Constitution guarantees the right of Freedom of Religion. Congress can neither promote a particular sect or infringe upon any Religion.
Suddenly RHB is widely acknowledged and celebrated for having the courage of his convictions and for being willing to go to Jail for the constitution.
I have to admit , in this instance, He is right. He said something to the effect that for Governors and Mayors to ban public worship as “unessential” , while Walmart and Planned Parenthood remain open for business, is an affront to God, and to the church. I couldn’t have agreed more. There are a lot of aspects to this plague, but I am convinced that silencing the church is one of them.
I listened to his whole statement, which lasted about an hour, and on many , many points I found myself agreeing with him, and even admiring his willingness to follow his convictions, even to being arrested, mug-shot and put in Jail.
Oh, how the church, especially believers in America need to repent of their obsession with their nation and their idolatrous “patriotism”, and to turn away from their blind devotion to partisan politics.
The American constitution is NOT Holy Law, and defending that constitution is NOT a God given mission for followers of Jesus.
The current situation is NOT an attack on the church, to infringe upon “religious freedoms”. It is a God given opportunity for individual believers to fall on their faces before God, to seek Him for themselves instead of abrogating that job to a church leader; to get into the Word for ourselves and discover what it REALLY says, instead of being fed interpretations of scripture soiled by church tradition.
(see this recent article: https://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/2020/04/04/10967/ )
I see the current situation, where we’ve all been distanced from church meetings and programs, is offering the perfect opportunity to spend more personal time in the word. For many who find themselves unable to go to work, there is even more time to fill, some of which can be used for extra bible reading and prayer.
It all depends on how much people want to know God and serve Him, instead of being satisfied with sticking to what they’ve been taught about God.