Our family has one tube television we hardly watch, however, my mother decided we needed a new one, therefore she bought the one pictured in this post. That picture is its literal state for the past several days – unopened.
The children of Israel had a King, a great King – God. A King of righteousness. A King who showed compassion and tenderness toward the poor. A King who hated injustice. The children of Israel had a glorious King. But like that of the human heart, we often want something we can actually see to put our trust in. They instead wanted a human king to rule over them – and God gave them what they wanted. The end result was total corruption and God was about to judge them. Hosea 5:1 “Hear this, you priest! Pay attention, you Israelites! Listen, O royal house! This judgement is against you…”
Today, there is such a cry for change. We say God is going to judge America next. The judgement we are calling down on America is at the hands of who? Them? The ones who took God away? In 1982, Francis A. Schaeffer gave a riveting sermon on the moral decay of our country. He spoke on the laws changing, the medical profession changing (specifically on abortion), the public school system. He asked this question; “Where have the Bible believing lawyers and doctors been as our world is changing”?
Who are we blaming? That was 1982. When we sit back and are silenced, we too are saying we don’t want God to be our king. Hosea 5:5 “Israel’s arrogance testifies against them“… We are subject to the same arrogance I believe.
The unopened television box in our home is not a symbol of our “holier than thou” picture perfect family, but of a family desperately trying to seek God. Television is fine, at times, but seeking God for our world is more delightful. I can assure you of this. There is madness across social media. Why not channel that same energy in the prayer closet? Why not actively seek change in your community? I received an email from church looking for Sunday school teachers and I applied to be a teacher. My husband wanted to know why I became interested in teaching Sunday school. I gave him a very simply answer; because I am tried of what I see in our world. I want God to be our King again and I will do what I can for Him to once again reign. And what I can do is be an influence to the children around me. (Outside of my own) I’m not looking for service points.I want to be able to pray and guide the future generations to be godly men and women who are leaders in their homes, schools, community, government, and for our country. Hosea 5:14-15 “For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a great lion of Judah. I will tear them to pieces and go away; I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them. Then I will go back to my place until they admit their guilt.And they will seek my face; in their misery they will earnestly seek me”.
We can pretend God does not judge sin, but we would be foolish to do so. I pray as Christians we take the passion we have for God into arenas that will truly make a difference in our country. I pray we stand up against the fear. It’s pretty easy to be a social media preacher. Are you willing to no longer be silenced so God can once again be our King?