President Obama reminded America that there was only one direction that he wanted to take us – forward. His battle cry caused me to reflect on what forward means for the believer.
We recognize that Christ died so that we can move forward in an abundant life – one that is full and rich in intangible ways and some tangible.
God wants you and I to move forward. We are not called to be stagnant, live defeated lives or be in a constant spiral of disgust, disappointment, failure and depression. God is sending a clarion call to the Christian Church universal to move forward!
F – Find your foundational truths. As Christians we have strayed too far from the foundational truths of the bible. Taking a stance for the beliefs espoused in the Bible may not be popular, but we are not called to shift with the winds of popularity, we are called to set and live a standard of holiness. It is time for us to get back to the Bible in an uncompromising way.
O – Offer assistance to those in need. We must make sure that we assist people who have been marginalized by poverty, age, racism, disability or educational disparities. Micah 6:8 says, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humblywith your God.” No matter how well things are going for us individually, we can never stop caring about those who are suffering. This goes well beyond Election Day – it streams into our everyday lives and how we show support to agencies such as Milwaukee Health Services, Goodwill Industries, Feeding America and others who work daily to assist people in need.
R – Remember the cost of where we are. Even in the midst of our jubilation remind those around you that a great price was paid so that we can move forward. Historically, generations of people suffered degradation, violence and death to allow us the privileges we so often take for granted. Spiritually, Christ died so that we can move forward from sin into life in Him. Both sacrifices, although vastly different – deserve appreciation ad respect.
W – Watch and Pray. Luke 21:36 tells us “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” While many blessings have been bestowed there are still many things happening around the country that are against the word and will of God that we must be vigilant to stand against. Even as we pray – we are called to watch or be aware of things that are happening around us.
A- Agree to work together. Too often we have failed to move forward because we refuse to work together to arrive at workable solutions. We have missed opportunities to enhance our schools, save money, reform our police department and revitalize neighborhoods because we can not agree even in principle to stay at the table as long as it takes to make sure the community wins – not just individuals.
R – Restore the family. In order for our nation, states, and communities to move forward we have to begin to restore the family. There is something amazing that God does within a functional family that shapes people long after they have left the home or parents have gone on to be with the Lord. A good family shapes its members for long term success that positively impacts the world and changes the lives of other families that they touch, regardless of the ever-changing legal definition of marriage. As Christians, we must unapologetically champion the cause of biblical marriage between one man, one woman for a lifetime. They aren’t changing principles for opinions at the mosque or the synagogue and it is time for us to stand just as strongly on what we believe regardless of public opinion.
D – Do. People are tired of Christians talking about what should happen, what should be, and what the world should look like. It is time for us to be people of action who do what we are called to do. This week, make a decision to move forward. Forward requires changes and it requires courage – but it is the direction that God has called for us to go even beyond the next four years.
August 27, 2013 //
Choir at Lamb of God singing during the recent Wisconsin General Baptist State Convention, held at...
August 27, 2013 //
John Holt (center) was officially ordained during the regional meeting of the Christian Methodist...