A Canadian Christian ministry
to bring God’s Love and
Truth to the neediest
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WORLD CHANGING CHRISTIANS
A prophetic message, written and published in the Good News Herald in 2004, and still accurate today
January 17 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This man has changed the face of America. He was a “world changing Christian”. Where are the world changing Christians today?
James Melvin Washington, Editor of the Book “A Testament of Hope”, has described Martin Luther King Jr. as follows: “Martyred prophet for a global beloved community of justice, faith and hope…”.
As Christians, we cannot be complacent with evil and simply accept in our societies what is unjust, unfair, socially, economically, legally and internationally unbalanced. It is our duty to bring justice and righteousness around us, as it is written in Isaiah 58:6-10: 6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness,…”(NIV).
We are supposed to know the truth and act upon it, but we prefer to stay comfortably silent, although in James 4:17, the Bible says: “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins” (NIV). Martin Luther King Jr. has put this scripture in practice. With the churches involved in the Civil Rights Movement, they have defended like real shepherds the Black people in America, who were victims of injustice, inequity, violent oppositions, denial, and they have all fought with love, so that Black people in America could be accepted as human beings.
Jesus Himself opposed the enemies of God, the hypocrites, and the unjust opponents, and He pleaded for the neediest.
God is not pleased by His children now, because they don’t impact the world, they are very complacent with the world, they follow the trend of the world, and bring it in the church. Here are some examples:
In Canada, we have seen pastors’ children wearing Pokemon T-Shirts in church services, although they had been forbidden in the Canadian public schools because they provoked violence among the children.
The love of money has invaded the church: we see very luxurious churches with bodyguards for the pastors, and magnetic cards to enter into the offices. Some of these pastors can even have private jets, Hollywood houses and very expensive cars, although poverty is everywhere, in their home country and all over the world.
Politics have come into the church: there is competition in order to be the first assistant pastor, or the first worship leader. We see pastors intriguing to become the president’s friends in the country, even if it has to be paid with some compromising with the Word of God, etc.
Computers, managing, planning, investments, have replaced the heart and the Holy Spirit in the churches. Churches are invaded by the world.
Why are we so complacent? What are we doing?
Martin Luther King Jr. has been able to move forward a country as big and huge as the United States of America, because he and the Black churches were committed up to prison, beatings and death for the truth of God. They have endured terrible persecutions: burnings, vandalizing, bombings, killings throughout the South was their daily life. “Not since the days of the Christians in the catacombs, has God’s house, as a symbol, weathered such attacks as the negro churches”, commented Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Where is now this kind of commitment? As soon as the churches are going out of tribulations and struggling, they think the war is over, and they forget their commitment, they become very lazy, ritualistic and politically correct. No, brethren, we are still at war! Our passivity has become indecent, and equal to cowardice.
An example: God has sent us in Africa, in particular to mobilize the Christians against civil war and division. In the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, or Uganda, where the Christians are 90% of the population, the Christians’ response so far has been: “…But if we march, they will send us the army!”, or: “But…”, or: “We will pray about it”, or: “We will think about it”. They have listened, but there has been no follow up. And Burundi is not yet totally in peace, and Uganda is still in turmoil in the north, and killings and widespread rapes are still haunting Eastern DRC. The fire of violence, hatred, division has not been quenched, and still today some are dying of hunger or under the bullets, and rape is widespread. No sufficient concrete actions have been taken in the visible realm by the Christians in order to change the situation. Prayers are useful, but Jesus in Matthew 18:18 gave us the power to bind ON earth:
"I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
“This man has changed the face of America”
“We cannot be complacent with evil and accept what is unjust”
“We are supposed to know the truth and act upon it”
“God is not pleased with His children now”
“What are we doing?”
“Where are the Christian voices?”
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