November 25, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: It’s Not Okay

Brother AaronThree words:  “It’s not okay.”  On the surface these don’t seem like very powerful words, do they?  But are they powerful words?  Yes!  When spoken and meant they are extremely powerful words.  But note what I said, “‘When spoken’ – ‘and meant’ they are extremely powerful words.”

I submit to you today that somehow America seems to have lost her moral voice and no one is speaking those three words anymore.  And if we do speak them, they are merely words from our lips and not the belief of our heart; we don’t really mean them.

I am reminded of the story of a monk named Telemachus.  Telemachus lived during the time when Roman Gladiators participated in an awful spectator sport at the Roman Coliseum that included the spectacle of death, dismemberment, and Christian martyrdom.  Observing this horrendous spectacle, he went into the arena and attempted to stop the men who were fighting.

The spectators in the coliseum that day became indignant and stoned the monk to death.  However, as the result of this one monk’s actions, Honorius, who had inherited the empire of Europe, put a stop to these barbaric displays.  Yes, it cost Telemachus his life, but because he, one man, found the intestinal fortitude and the grace of God to stand and say, “It’s not okay,” the course of history was changed.

We live in time in America when things have become inverted.  We have lost our moral voice.  We call evil good and good evil.  The Bible warns of such a time in Isaiah 5:20(KJV) when it says, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”  We are there!

I could list a litany of things that give evidence to what I am saying.  We now have abortion on demand, where in the name of a woman’s right to choose, innocent babies are slaughtered in their mothers’ wombs.  The institution of marriage is under siege.  There are those who seek to redefine this holy union of one man with one woman for a lifetime, to a man with a man, a woman with a woman, a woman with two men, a man with five women, a man with a dog, and I even heard of one instance where a man wanted to marry himself!

And for those who do choose traditional marriage (many are just living together) 50% end in divorce.  And the traditional family unit is under attack in other ways.  41.0% of births in America today are to unwed mothers.  And more often than not, the biological father is nowhere to be found.

As bad as the statistics you have just read are, there is something more fearful to me, and that is the silence of the church regarding these statistics; it is deafening!  I can’t help but wonder where the Telemachuses are today. Where are those who would stand, against all odds and say, “It’s not okay?”  Where are those who would place their own life in peril to change an issue that needs to be changed?

Where are the preachers, thundering from their pulpits the message of repentance, redemption, and change?  Where are those who would sound the alarm and awaken a country that has lost her moral voice?  Where are the preachers, deacons, teachers, singers, laypeople who would dare to rise and say, “It’s not okay?”  Only when they rise and speak will true change come to America.

I challenge you today; when you find yourself faced with a situation where somebody needs to say something, say it.  It’s just three words.  Go ahead and practice verbalizing them aloud right now.  Say it, “It’s not okay.”

What a difference there would be in America if people, just like you and me, regardless of the issue, whether it be political, religious, social, moral, legal, or anything else, would all learn to say, “It’s not okay!” – and mean it.  Again, I can’t help but wonder where the Telemachuses are today.  There is a litany of issues we as Christians should be raising our voices about, but again, the silence is deafening!  I wonder – is God calling you to be a Telemachus?

This Sunday would be a great Sunday for you and your family to attend church together and worship the Lord!

~Brother Aaron


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