"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Sermon: We, The Church!
Even as political, economical, social and constitutional issues are important, we the church can’t allow those issues to take our focus away from Christ.
Democrats and Liberals want nothing to do with God, so we can never look at them for true changes in our nation. During their own 2012 Democratic Convention, they rejected God and the mention of the nation of Israel. With great difficulty, and in the midst of great opposition, that rejection was changed. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9ha9o24Pfw) The Democratic Party’s stance on social and moral issues is an abomination to God.
Republicans and conservatives, on the other hand, look at our Founding Fathers and the Constitution for answers. How can that be? They fought for the freedom of this nation from England, but openly denied the freedom of our black brothers. Even as recent as the 1960s, blacks would register to vote in the south with great difficulty.
Many of our founding fathers were filled with great hypocrisy. As Thomas Jefferson wrote our beautiful Declaration of Independence, he himself owed a great number of slaves.
Our Founding Fathers were mere men and not gods. I don’t judge them, they did the best they could during their historical time, but I will not close my eyes to their reality and moral failure on the issue of slavery and I refuse to give them a divine place as a solution for our current crisis.
But today I am inspired to lift up my voice and cry out for my brothers and sisters with whom I share my citizenship, according to Philippians 3:20. I am not talking about my American citizenship, I am talking about my heavenly citizenship; I am talking about my family…the church, also known as the bride of Christ.
We, the church, must look up to the mountains where our help comes from, according to Psalm 121.
We, the church, must fix our eyes on Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, according to Hebrews 12. Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the only one that can change a man’s heart, a family, a neighborhood, a town, a city, a state, our nation and the entire world.
We, the church, are the answer for the economy. The righteous way of dealing with the individual and even the national economy is found not in the constitution, but in the Word of God, in a book known as the Bible. Romans 13:8 tells us:
“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” (NKJV)
We, the United States, a nation that I deeply love, as individuals and as a nation, have become a wicked nation. Psalm 37:21 tells us: “The wicked borrows and does not repay (NKJV)
It is no wonder our national debt is now over 16 trillion dollars.
It is no wonder that in the last 72 fiscal years we only have on record 12 fiscal years where we actually had money in the bank. The rest of the fiscal years were and continue to be in deficits.
We, as a nation are operating with a checking account that is on the red. As individuals our checks would have bounced and our credit and debit cards would have been declined, but the Government keeps using his power to self-destruct as they continue to add more debt that they will never be able to pay without the divine hand of God. The last four years had four fiscal years of deficit exceeding a trillion dollars each year; those are historical, world-record making numbers.
We, the church, are the answer for America’s moral crisis. We, the church, are the answer for America’s increasingly violent tendencies.
Some argue that we need to make it easy for the good citizens to own guns; others argue that we need tougher gun-control laws. The problem is that the so-called criminals are not the ones doing the mass shootings that we saw in Connecticut.
Who then is committing these mass shootings? Teenagers who were able to steal the guns from their parents an/or family members. Parents and/or Family members whom, by the way, were in the category of good citizens!
Who else is committing these mass shootings? Not people with criminal records! But the men that went crazy because he lost his job, therefore he decided to go back to his old job and kill everyone before taking his own life.
Who else is committing these mass shootings? It seems like the Personality Profile of these mass shooters, from Columbine to Virginia Tec and Connecticut, is the same:
“The young man with a sick mind; the socially challenged one, the funny looking one, who found it hard to make friends. The quiet one that everyone ignored, that everyone made fun of. That one who could not find an argument in his mind against shooting and killing as many as possible.”
The Bible tells us in First Corinthians 13:8 that “Love never fails…” (NIV) I wonder what would have happened if some one had shown love to these mass-shooters prior to these crimes. But our schools and our society in general are filled with the spirit of mockery. Truly they have made it clear that God is not welcome.
But I am sure that the act of loving unconditionally feels like a failure at times.
I am sure that Doctor Martin Luther King felt like a failure as he fought a seemingly unfair fight and stood for non-violence.
I am sure he felt like a failure, as Luther was slapped on the pulpit by a white man while beginning his sermon for that day.
I am sure that Dr. King felt like a failure as Malcolm X, an Islamic leader of the time, called him a “Glorious Fool.”
I am sure that Dr. King felt like a failure as he saw the police brutality of his time against black men, women and children.
I am sure that Dr. King felt like a failure as he saw the dead bodies of his people as a direct results of his many marches around this nation.
I am sure that Dr. King felt like a failure as he saw, together with the world, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who was working closely with him in the fight against racial discrimination.
I am sure that Dr. King felt like a failure as he went to prison time after time; one time just because he ordered a sandwich in an Only White restaurant.
Many do not know this, but I am sure Martin Luther King felt like a failure as his own wife was arrested and sent to prison eighteen times.
I am sure that Doctor King’s closest followers felt like failures themselves as they saw their leader being shot and killed in a Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Martin Luther King said it himself many times that he would never see forty, and he did not!
But is their any other man in the history of our nation that has even come close to achieving more for the cause of racial equality in this nation that Doctor Martin Luther King? Not even close…Doctor Martin Luther King did not waste his time, Dr. King was not a failure, for even today the anointing in his life, his message and his great sacrifice is able to inspire a tremendously unqualified Puertorrican minister like me.
And what can we say about Jesus? He is the King of kings; He is the Lord or lords, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Prince of Peace, our Savior and our Lord. His love will never fail and His love is still changing lives today!
We, the church, are the ark of our time. We are called to love one another, to love even our enemies, to give our lives, if necessary, for the sake of God’s Kingdom and for the sake of a lost humanity.
When the flood of God’s judgment starts pouring down, when man finds himself face to face, reaping the hate they have sown for so many years; when the sound of the last trumpet begins to announce the end of this dimension of life…we, the church, will be standing strong, dressed in white, singing the heavenly song reserved with a special melody for God’s saints. In Revelation 19:1-9 we see a historical moment that will take place as the Bible tells us:
“After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:
“Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
2 for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”
3 And again they shouted:
“Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”
4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried:
5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying:
“Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!”
6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
With great conviction and humility for my own shortcomings, I gave you this word that the Lord gave me today for this amazing nation.
May this word penetrate, not only ears, but also hearts, and may the statistics show, very soon, an America that is changing for the better, an America that will give glory to God, an America where the first and second commandments are as real as the stripes and the stars of our banner and an America where Jesus Christ is indeed the One and Only KING. May we be covered today and forever more with the banner of God’s love.