We are reaping what we have sown faster than many of us expected. The movement is sweeping across our land at a rapid pace. In conservative Idaho, the Supreme Court has overturned the State’s law banning same-sex-so-called marriages, and in just a few days since, a Christian couple who operate a small wedding chapel in Couer d’Alene will face time in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines for refusing to offer such ceremonies.
Jail time for refusing to follow a practice which stands against one’s religious beliefs. And not the beliefs of some strange, unheard of religion – but the traditional, well accepted practices and beliefs of Christianity.
We can shake our heads in disbelief, or we can corporately realize that we are reaping what we have sown. There are pastors all over our land celebrating that just such practices are being offered and are openly offering them, this strange fire, in their own churches and denominations. The church has taught the world around how to disobey and rebel against their own God. We lead the way.
And so, as we will see Isaiah do in chapter 6, we must lead the way in repentance. That repentance should be personal and individual first, for our own hearts must be cleansed. It must be corporate as the church of Jesus Christ, one catholic church as we say in the Apostle’s Creed, and so we confess on behalf of the Christian church, and then finally it must be people-centered, nation-centered, in that we are a holy priesthood going before God, standing in the gap, and pleading His mercy to the nations.
Our worship here, cleansed by the shed blood of the Lamb, is holy. And it will cause the shaking of the heavens and earth. God has invited us to transform the world with Him, in His power, and by His grace.