“Wake up America!”
It’s this year’s National Day of Prayer theme and I couldn’t agree more!
The National Day of Prayer Task Force has taken Isaiah 58:1 as their Scripture for this year: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet!”
Today as we rally around our leaders, praying and fasting for our country, let’s remember: it’s not a one-day solution. Not by a long shot!
One author said: “God has appointed prayer as His way of dispensing and our way of obtaining all promised good.”
We need a promised good—right now!
How God does that is the question! And the answer is: through prayer. Serious prayer. Intentional prayer!
We’re in deep trouble as a nation. But I have a deep confidence in God that he will still touch this wounded land and bring healing.
To legislate a pastor’s right to refuse to perform a same-sex wedding is nothing short of ludicrous!
The State of Georgia passed legislation recently that’s being called the Religious Liberty Bill. The bill has yet to be signed by Georgia’s governor. Similar bills in other states have been severely criticized and as a result, lawmakers have retreated.
The Georgia bill says that “no pastor can be forced to perform a same-sex wedding.” It also grants churches and religious schools the right to turn down events for groups with which they object, or being forced to “hire or retain” employees who’re not in agreement with their values.
Opponents say it’s just another way to deny services and discriminate against homosexuals and/or same-sex couples.
Pray diligently for our lawmakers! And stay informed.
We’re living in precarious times—times in which biblical truth is ignored and freedom of religion is on the line!
If we don’t take a stand for the persecution of Christians, who will?
In March of this year, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated that “the barbarism against Christians in the Middle East by ISIS—the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria—is, indeed, ‘genocide’.”
By doing so, it allows the United States to act in defense of those people being persecuted and murdered simply because of their faith.
The question is—why does it matter?
It matters because it acknowledges the assault by ISIS for what it is—the intentional persecution and killing of others simply because of their faith.
And we see the critical importance of vigorously taking a stand for biblical truth in religious liberty; in defending free speech—in every instance, in every place.
If we back off of the biblical imperative in these critical societal issues, we leave a door wide open for persecution!
The Bible has an answer—one that works in society!
When people call me political—I cringe!
For me it’s never about “political activism”—although political activism is a good thing, in fact, a very good thing.
But it’s not my calling. It’s so much more than that!
So, what IS my calling?
I call it: “biblical applicationalism”:
In other words, helping people understand that Scripture is the foundation of government itself—and by default—the candidates.
Helping people see that for every challenging political and social problem we have, the Bible has an answer that works in society!
Helping every follower of Jesus—and non-followers—grasp how the Bible applies to every aspect of governmental life.
Only with biblical applicationalism can our nation—or any nation—be preserved or experience its true potential and greatness!
This is Jim Garlow—you’ll be hearing from me in the days ahead!
There are staggering consequences when traditional, biblical values are stripped away!
And core values matter—they matter a lot!
I’m not sure as a society, that we understand the importance of this issue. Ideas have consequences.
Good ideas bring great results.
Bad ideas can have catastrophic impact.
What if you made yourself the source of all truth?
Many people—more than I want to think about at times—see themselves in that light. But human beings need something else, something more, or catastrophe awaits.
Trust yourself? Really?
If so, you underestimate how wicked the human heart can be.
You and I need something else as the core of our life.
Something that has stood the test through all eternity.
We need biblical values. Biblical values at the core of our lives, our family, our churches, and our nation!
There is truth that goes beyond us—it predates us—it will outlive us! Biblical truth.
What’s your source of wisdom? Ultimately my opinion matters little. And, sorry to say, neither does yours.
But there is truth that does matter—biblical truth.
Some will say, “Well, according to whose interpretation?”
The answer? According to collective minds of authentic followers of God for the last two thousand years.
Others will argue: “Well it’s his interpretation against yours, right?”
No. The Bible was written plainly. Tearing up a baby in the womb is anti-biblical. Re-defining marriage is anti-biblical. Depriving people of expressing true creativity, through excessive governmental control denies the integrity of the human spirit. It’s anti-biblical. Economic taxes that break citizens’ financial backs is anti-biblical.
The Bible can spare us a lot of pain—personally and nationally—if we’ll read it—and follow it!