Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wake Up Church, the Children Need You!

I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet (Amos 7:14), but I believe that God has called the Church to function with a ‘Sons of Issachar’ anointing in our day. 1 Chronicles 12:32 tells us about, “…the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what should be done...” These were men from one tribe who had the ability to see the world for what it was and lead God’s people to respond according to His will. They knew the word of God, they understood the times, the culture, the zeitgeist and they knew what a godly response to the movement of the culture should look like. And then they acted. Knowledge without the willingness to obey is useless. We need men and women like this today. People who see, discern, pray and act.

 Based on what is happening to the family today, things like the increase in divorce, the redefining of marriage, the redefining of the family, the increase in the acceptance of sexual promiscuity and the rise of gender confusion, all these things and more mean that the opportunity for the Church to raise Christ’s banner high are going to increase exponentially, but it will take “a people who know their God, display strength and take action (Daniel 11:32). A compromising Church will be useless in this fight.

Local ministries, here in Arkansas, like The Call and Immerse Arkansas have recently come into existence because God has awakened many to the fact that children are the biggest casualty in this war and as a result western society is buckling under the pressure of this satanic strategy. Children were not created to be warehoused in orphanages. They were designed to be raised by a loving father and mother. They were not created to be shuffled from home to home. These things damage and wound a child often to the point of permanently robbing them of their future. Will we Christians be content to continue ignoring the Enemies latest salvo or will we, like the Sons of Issachar recognize what is happening and develop righteous strategies to counter Satan’s assault on children and families?

What can we do? I do not claim to have all the answers, but here are a few things that can be done relatively easily. (1) Develop support groups within the local church to encourage and support families who have adopted or are serving as foster parents. (2) Intentionally provide funding to assist families who want to adopt. When a Christian family takes in a child that child is not only being adopted into that family, but that child is also being adopted into the people of God. (3) Encourage more Christians to prayerfully consider becoming foster parents.

Trust me when I say, things are not going to get better anytime soon. That is not the movement of our culture. And if we are content to be at ease in Zion (Amos 6:1) we will miss the crying need before us. This is a kingdom moment, what will we do with it?  

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