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Daily Devotional for Friday May 6, 2016
The Similarities between the Republican Party and Christians and Why Both have Failed!
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to stand strong in these difficult days. I know that in the end, YOU...and YOU alone will have the final word. Give me boldness and courage to stand for you as evil abounds. In the name of Jesus I pray..AMEN!!!
The similarities between the Republican Party and Christians, and why both have FAILED! This Devotional today has ZERO to do with politics, but in light of the recent events and so much attention being paid to the coming 2016 Presidential election, I find many incredible similarities between the failures of the Republican Party and true Biblical Christians. Let me say that BOTH have failed because they have, 1) NO VISION, 2) their real goal is simply to make money and not see any real change, 3) they have turned into nothing but entertainment vehicles.
The Bible says in Proverbs that, "Where there is no vision, the people perish!" The biggest reason the Republicans lost the last two Presidential elections and despite controlling the House and Senate have accomplished NOTHING is because the party as a whole has NO VISION! Never once has there been any sort of vision for the country articulated for people to hear, understand, and buy into.
The church has failed for the EXACT SAME REASON!!! Other than Liveprayer, there is not ONE national leader who has articulated ANY sort of vision for this nation to turn back to God and His Truth with a legitimate plan other than to pray. Prayer is a great first step, but at some point there has to be a true vision with a supporting plan to see that vision come to fruition!
Making money is the only real goal of any political party or entity. Sadly, that has now become the only real goal of the church. Churches and major ministries raise tens of millions annually in order to build and upkeep huge complexes of bricks and mortar, hire huge staffs of people, and in many cases, pay the top people incredible salaries and benefits. Private jets, multiple mansions, new Bentley's, are the norm in the world of big time Christendom. The world has correctly identified much of what is done as nothing but a "money hustle" and they are 100% correct!
Politics when I was growing up in the 60's and 70's was mainly about ideology. While that element still exists today, over the past 16 years politics has become largely about entertainment. The Republican Party really led the way in the world of "political entertainment," though the Democrats are quickly catching up. Never forget for a second that Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage, Mark Levine, Fox News, Ann Coulter, Karl Rove, Dick Morris, new groups like Freedom Works, Newsmax and the rest of the conservative internet world, are first and foremost..ENTERTAINERS! THEY HAVE PROVEN TO HOLD NO POWER TO CHANGE THE POLITICAL COURSE OF THIS NATION!
There are also many high profile Christian/political groups like Focus on the Family, The Family Research Council, men like Jay Sekulow, Ralph Reed, Mark DeMoss, all who have put politics ahead of the Gospel for money, power, and influence. These people and organizations make their millions REGARDLESS of who wins, of who is in office. Over the past 6 years, without shame they haven't changed a thing, and in most cases have doubled down on their failed acts! However, don't ever forget, between their books, conferences, and other money-making opportunities, they still make millions win or lose!
Sadly, with the advent of Christian TV and radio over the past 40 years, much of Christendom is now nothing but "spiritual entertainment." Churches have been converted into great performing arts theaters where you are entertained for an hour each Sunday. The top names on Christian TV are treated like Hollywood celebrities. They use their influence over millions primarily to enrich themselves and further their own kingdom, NOT the Kingdom of God!
The results for Christians has been even more devastating since souls are at stake! Christians and our worldview are now marginalized and clearly no longer the view held by the majority in this nation. We have now been totally frozen out of the secular media, unless you are a gutless wonder like Joel Osteen trying to sell your latest book and they know you won't say anything they deem outrageous like "you will die and go to hell unless you come to know Jesus by faith as your Savior." Worst of all, we have clearly lost the culture and have virtually zero impact on the world around us any longer.
We now live in a nation where the legalized slaughter of an innocent baby is called a "woman's right." Gay marriage is called "marriage equality" and now legal in all states. The CHOICE of homosexual behavior is now viewed as normal and acceptable. In addition, boys can now become girls and girls can now become boys, and if you dare say anything negative you are labeled as a hate monger. Hosts on major TV networks openly root for a cheer for and promote the radical homosexual agenda and the legalized killing of innocent babies! Confused men and women who don't even know their gender are considered "normal."
The better percentage of the last two generations who have never even been to a church. A majority of those who do are either in some liberal denomination that accepts and even glorifies sins like homosexuality and abortion, or in churches who are part of these man-made marketing strategies like Purpose Driven/Seeker/Emerging Church/Prosperity Gospel, which are designed to fill the pews with warm bodies not converts, that preach a soft, watered-down, motivational message so nobody is offended (and they come back next Sunday to put their money in the offering plate).
Those who have grown in influence due this void of true Christian leaders are false religions like Islam, the New Age universalism that people like Oprah and Deepak Chopra peddle which lie to people that everyone will get to Heaven, and satanic cults like Scientology and Mormonism. Probably the most dangerous man alive today is Glenn Beck. Not because of his political ideology, but because he uses his various media platforms to attract people through politics and than lies he is a Christian and talks of God and Jesus, though the god and jesus of Beck's cult are NOT the God and Jesus of the Bible!.
The answer my friend is simple. IF, and it is a big IF, Christians are going to reclaim the culture, reclaim our rightful place as the conscience of this nation, save this nation from God's wrath and judgment that has already began by leading this great land back to the Almighty and His Truth, we must do three things.
The first is VISION. As we are currently under God's wrath and judgment for the gross sins of this nation like the fact we slaughter over 4,000 innocent babies every 24 hours, we have perverted God's Holy Institutions of Marriage and the Family, and that we have bowed down and worshipped every false god and idol man has created in his evil imagination. The ONLY vision is to have a "Nineveh Moment" and turn this nation back to God and Biblical Truth.
Of course, Liveprayer not only has articulated that vision for several years now, but has put the pieces in place to see it happen thru the Jonah Project ( http://www.liveprayer.com/jonah/ ) and the Remnant ( http://www.liveprayer.com/remnant.cfm ). The key piece will become a reality this January with the Liveprayer TV program available in the US and around the world!
The second is a pure purpose. Money is NOT a pure purpose, but a necessity to get the word out! Raising money is something many have been able to accomplish without any help from God. The pure purpose is clearly to see this nation turn back to God and Biblical Truth while bringing hope to the hurting and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to the lost. This is what Liveprayer has been about for the 17 years we have been online and 13 years on TV.
The third is a higher goal. There are MANY entertainers. They come and go. One is hot today, forgotten tomorrow. The higher goal is not to achieve fame and notoriety, but to advance the Kingdom of God. Since day one, Liveprayer has been about one thing, lifting up the name of Jesus so that all men will be drawn unto Him! That is our one and only goal!
I love you and care about you so much. Over the past 16 yrs I have warned people often this day would come. It is now here. We no longer have the numbers. What numbers we do have are woefully divided. We no longer drive the culture, the culture now drives the church. Our only hope, our only answer, is to get back to the basics.
There has to be a clear vision. While it takes money to operate, it is only to finance the vision in order to see that vision fulfilled. The only one who is to be glorified is the Lord. That is the answer and the only hope we have to see this nation saved from experiencing the full wrath and judgment of Almighty God!!! Together, we WILL lead this nation back to God and His Truth!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,