The Duck Commander, Phil Robertson, patriarch of the famed Duck Dynasty show, was one of the featured speakers at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans the other week. He had the following message for the Republican Party. “GOP, you can’t be right for America if you’re wrong with God. You want to turn the Republican Party around? Get Godly.” Then he added, “If the country does not return to God at a fairly rapid clip we are going to lose the United States of America…You are not in a political war, you’re in a spiritual war.”
Phil Robertson is precisely correct about the situation of our country. The hope for America lies not in any political party, but in repentance and revival leading to a restoration of our land. My friend, Pastor Chuck Baldwin, wrote in his column this week, “if there is not a major revival of patriot-pastors and liberty churches throughout this country, America is doomed. Politics, alone, cannot fix the problem. The root of our problem is spiritual; only courageous pastors and churches that are unfettered with the chains of government intimidation can lead the way to such a revival.” In other words it is not about the kingdom of the right or the kingdom of the left that is the most important issue; it is about the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When we examine where things are spiritually in our land, there is much that might discourage us. For example the attack against Phil Robertson for simply stating what the Bible loudly proclaims. His removal from the Duck Dynasty show illustrates what the elites have in store for anyone who believes the Bible is the Word of God, infallible in all that it proclaims and is the final authority on every issue it states. If we examine the growing tide of persecution against Christians we might come to the wrong conclusion.
Consider the situation of the early followers of Jesus Christ. The most powerful empire in the world had just judicially murdered their Savior. In despondency and despair they went into hiding expecting they too would soon be crucified. On the third day Jesus appeared to them and they were so shocked at first they could not believe that He had risen from the dead. Then for forty astounding days Jesus was with them, teaching them and eating with them. It was a time of great wonder which all too soon came to an abrupt end as Jesus ascended to heaven.
Now we are not told about any events in those intervening days between Ascension Day and Pentecost except the choice of a replacement for Judas Iscariot, that was Matthias, and that the followers obeyed Jesus’ command at great risk, remaining in Jerusalem. No doubt some there were thinking of the impossibility of the task before them. A small band, the twelve apostles, the women and others totaling 120, were no match it would appear for the mighty force of the Roman Empire. They didn’t stand a chance against the wily Jewish politicians who controlled Jerusalem.
The commission Christ had given them was even more daunting. It was to take the gospel to every tongue, tribe and nation and to make disciples of all the nations. That commission then was more than just informing people about the truth of the Gospel and getting them to agree that it is true; it meant a complete spiritual conversion of people in every corner of the world. It meant faith in Christ transforming every single culture on earth with the full implications of the whole counsel of God and so the Word of God becoming the lode stone which would guide every nation on earth. That is what is implied in the commission to disciple all nations.
The early disciples were on fire for their Lord and Savior, and it showed and lit a fire that has not stopped. J.I. Packer wrote, “Paul considered himself Christ’s ambassador.” What is an ambassador? He is an authorized representative of a sovereign. He speaks not in his own name but on behalf of the ruler whose deputy he is, and his whole duty and responsibility is to interpret that ruler’s mind faithfully to those to whom he is sent. As Christians, we are also Christ’s ambassadors. We are called to make disciples, and that begins with evangelism, which is communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We have what we need to fulfill Christ’s commission to us. God has breathed upon us the new birth, the Holy Spirit now indwells us with His glorious fiery presence and He has gifted us with a supernatural ability to communicate the gospel. All we need do is open our mouths for Christ. Will you proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ?
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