A Different Kind of Courage
We live in some very difficult times in which we have seen much of our traditional family values come under attack. I have been dismayed as the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same sex marriage this summer and also as I watch traditional families crumbling all around us. With all of this happening how should we react? What should we do?
I want to bring your attention to Nehemiah and how he approached troubling times in his world. He showed great courage in leading his people in difficult times. When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem, he found the city in great trouble and disgrace. Nehemiah 1:3-4 tells us of Nehemiah’s reaction:
“They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire. When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.”
With a broken heart, Nehemiah went directly to God and sought God’s wisdom for dealing with the situation around him. Nehemiah was broken before the Lord on behalf of the people and the situation. After seeking the Lord, he went about with a plan to rebuild. I am convinced that this kind of leadership is needed today to engage the culture in which we live. We must allow God to break us and bring us to the point that we will follow Him completely and allow Him to direct our paths.
I read recently something by Warren Wiersbe that echoes this thought. Wiersbe stated: “I hear people saying, we need angry leaders today! The time has come to practice militant Christianity! Perhaps, but the ‘wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God’. What we need today is not anger but anguish. The difference between anger and anguish is a broken heart.”
May God grant us the courage today to allow ourselves to be broken over what is going on in our world but also that He might fill us with His love and His heart towards people? May we seek God and get His wisdom for engaging our culture. I really believe it is time for committed Christians to love people as Christ would have us to regardless of what they believe.
Unfortunately, Christians are better known for what we are against than what we are for. Throughout the earthly ministry of Jesus, He would be found ministering and loving those who were the most broken. I pray that we as followers of Christ would allow God to mold our hearts so that we sound a whole lot less like cable news and a whole lot more like Jesus.
Indeed, we live in a broken and messy world that needs Jesus. I pray that God will give us the courage to live the Christian life undivided and with a passion to tell others with great love of the marvelous grace of our Lord. If we want to change the course of our culture, the process must begin with God doing a work in our hearts.
I believe that if we as Christians would have the courage to live committed Christian lives with a loving Christ-like heart then I am convinced we will have the opportunity to see revival in our country and reverse the trends we see in culture.
Will you join me in praying for revival and most importantly that the revival would begin with each of us!