In a Washington Post article concerning Donald Trump’s meeting with evangelical leaders, the author wrote this: “While it wasn’t the first time Trump has reached out to the Christian right, it provided a vivid illustration of the fact that as an organized and potent force in national politics, the Christian right has faded into nothingness. It now exists for nothing more than to be patted on the head and sent on its way with an encouragement to vote in November.”
I was struck by the words “faded into nothingness.” Sadly, that is exactly how the secular world views Christianity in our culture — an irrelevant old dinosaur with outdated views that are harmful to the progress of the human race.
And what is the church’s response? We pander to the culture by adopting their modes of dress, talk, music, use of technology, and lifestyle. We have become so “cool” that our hearts have become as cold as ice towards Jesus. The culture sees right through our phoniness and, at best, just laughs, and, at worst, tries to eliminate us from society.
What a tragedy. The church, which is the most powerful entity on the planet because of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and the avenue that Jesus chose to be the transforming agent in the world, has been reduced to impotence.
Can this be changed? Yes, but there’s only one way — humble, deep heart repentance for our own sins of lukewarmness and compromise. We need to cry out to God for mercy and to send a mighty wind of revival in the heart of His church. A revived church is in love with, and sold out to, Jesus, and is filled with passion, conviction, and boldness to be used By Him to transform society — not politically but spiritually.
If we don’t do this, then the words of Jesus to the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:16 will be directed to us — “So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”
Church it’s time to come back to Jesus. It may be now or never.
Pastor Frank Nolton
New Hope Community Church