Mighty Stumps?

Isaiah 6.13 comments , though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.image

The Old Testament is a story of man’s continual rebellion against God demonstrated by injustice to one another followed by discipline from the Lord Who withholds His severest rage because He is deeply in love with His people and longs to demonstrate mercy and grace.

Yet there are consequences for disobeying God both directly and indirectly. God repeatedly in the Bible tries to convince His people that obedience to His commands causes them to do well with each other, Him and the world in general.

However, humanity regularly ignores God determining for themselves what is right and wrong. The end result of all of this is chaos and destruction. Israel saw it in their day, eventually losing their land for more than 2,000 years.

We are seeing it today in our schools and city streets as we have insisted that the ways of God be removed from all public venues. The courts in our land, with our acceptance and permission, continue to assert their will over the will of God resulting in our further implosion.

The people of God should prepare to be stumps in the land if we are not already. Stumps are not sightly, their significance is gone, they are almost unnoticeable, yet they are still alive.

God said His Church is the salt of the earth but if salt has lost its flavor what use is it? The culture is a reflection of the effectiveness of the people of God living in obedience to the commands of God.

These last 10 years, the past 50 years, have not seen us gain influence but lose influence in the culture. Murder of the unborn children is legal, prayer is illegal in public schools and now the definition of God’s institution, marriage, is being redefined.

The voice of the Church is quiet, silent almost and apparently unconcerned with such things, like a stump without impact or significance.

The culture represents the saltiness of the Church or its lack thereof, is the Church a mighty oak in the land or a stump? What do you think?

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