YOU CANNOT REMAIN COMPLETELY SILENT
“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Many of us recognise the latter part of the verse, revealing that we were born to come into the Kingdom of God for such a time as this. But many ignore the first part – “If you remain completely silent at this time”.
Thus there are society issues that I cannot remain silent on. Now is the time for us to discuss the full truths about important and controversial topics, not part truths.
For example, homosexuality or even intersexuality. Yes, God’s plan is that we be born male and female. But we were born in sin, subjected to generational curses, curses uttered through witchcraft, and/or curses brought about by dysfunctional family upbringing, that has impacted on our sexuality, the impact, and hence the consequences, ranging from indiscernible to extreme. If babes can be born with two heads attached to the one body, then other gross deformities can occur, as with hermaphrodites. Some of these people are so lacking in sexual identity that they are hurting and in so much emotional pain that they react with violence. To be called bullies by Christians can only add to their pain. I personally believe no amount of change in laws in either direction (that is, either towards Christian values or to LGBTI values) will resolve this situation. Only the transforming power of Jesus Christ can resolve this, hence our priority to lift Him up, so that He can draw them to himself. There are plenty of testimonies of Jesus miraculously restoring them, even hermaphrodites, to their God-given sexuality and identity. Some such testimonies are available on YouTube.
As a veterinarian, I have encountered animals so mismanaged or even brutalised by their owners that they react in many ways, ranging from cowering in the most abject and pitiful fashion to lashing out in the most ferocious and fearsome manner. It was only through love, patience, and exhibiting other fruits of the spirit that they could be won over and ministered to, and become as God has purposed them to be at creation, not to be fearful of man. Not by cursing them with names, but by blessing them as God’s very own.
So too we need to see those lacking in their God-given sexual identity as God’s very own.
Similarly, for marriage. Yes, God’s plan is as described in Genesis 2:23-24 and Matthew 19:3-6. But having been born in sin, many have married in sin with marriages impacted by curses as described earlier, with union lasting from moments (leading to annulments) to months or even years, leading to divorces. Many men and women married due to ungodly parental pressures and the ungodly expectations of society and culture with regards to marriage, and so they had married as man and woman because it was the right thing to do. Society expects people to be married because of so-called advantages of being married. Those lacking in their God-given sexual identity do not want to miss out on society’s expectations. Again, no change of laws in either direction (that is, either towards Christian values or to LGBTI values) will resolve this situation. Again, only the transforming power of Jesus Christ can resolve this. Again, our priority is to lift Him up, so that He can draw them to himself. There are testimonies of Jesus miraculously transforming the most horrific of marriages between man and woman to their God-given purposes and of bringing those so lacking in their God-given sexuality to a clear identity and a marriage union so blessed by God.
The challenge is for us gatekeepers to lift Jesus in such a loving manner that enables Jesus to draw them ALL to Himself. I believe the only way we can do this is through a desire for evangelism in the power of the Holy Spirit. And to teach them to abide and remain in His love by making disciples whose life, living and livelihood are in Christ. An example is in John 4, which showed how Jesus drew the woman at the well to Himself. He didn’t succeed in getting a drink of water from her, but He certainly succeeded in winning her heart to Himself. For those who want to study further on this example, I suggest reading David Pawson’s commentary of the Gospel of John (The Story of the bad Samaritan). If you google “pawson story bad Samaritan”, you can find this interesting easy-to-read teaching.
So my prayer is this:
“Lord, we thank You for Your Word. We thank you for bringing us into Your Kingdom for such a time as this and for us not to be silent on issues that will bring relief and deliverance, not only to Your people already in Your Kingdom, but also to all those You have called and who have not yet entered and inherited Your Kingdom. We thank You for all Your creation around us, including all those who hate us and persecute us. Fill us and empower us, Lord, with the transforming power of your Holy Spirit that we, as your humble servants, as your specially prepared people, lovingly lift You up in the homes, marketplaces, cities and nations, so that You, according to Your Word, draw ALL men (and women) to Yourself so that you can restore them to their God-given identity, inheritance and imperatives. Also, Lord, we ask that you continue to equip and guide us so that we disciple these people into living out their life, living and livelihood in Christ, so that none shall perish, but all will come into eternal life, in Jesus name. Amen.”
Shalom and every blessings to all,
FGBA National Chairman