Just Standing Around – A Call to Fasting and Prayer for NYC Churches

Have you ever seen the old westerns where a mysterious person is leaning against a pole and someone asks, “Can I help you?”  The response from the mystery person usually is, “Nope.”  Then the next question comes from a little boy, “Hey mister, what you doin’?”  The response from this same mysterious man, “Just standin’ around”, while he tips his hat.

The same can be said of Adam.  In Genesis, we see a picture of beauty.  God creates Adam and tells him to rule over (manage) the Garden of Eden.  As he is managing the garden, God notices that Adam is lonely.  So God puts Adam to sleep and does surgery.  When Adam awakes, God presents him with the most beautiful of creatures, he ever laid his eyes on, a woman.  Her name becomes Eve.

After some time a serpent tempts Eve by twisting the words God had spoken to Adam.  Eve takes the forbidden fruit and eats it.  Then the most interesting of verses says:

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” – Genesis 3:6 (ESV)

Did you see that?  The entire time Eve was being tempted, Adam just stood there.  He didn’t say anything.  He didn’t do anything.  He didn’t turn away.  He just stood there.  No matter what some theologians think, what Adam did is the most prevalent problem in the church today.  We just stand there.

We watch as our society riddles itself with crime, debt and promiscuous activity.  We watch our kids play games that hold no value on life, watch movies that deal with spirituality and talk with strangers through social media.  We just stand there.

How many times have you heard Christian organizations say, “Call your congressman or congresswoman”?  I have heard it dozens of times.  Over and over again, there is a call to not just sit around and watch.  We are called to ‘get in the game’.  Unfortunately, most people who call themselves Christians would rather watch the outcome of events rather than be active in changing the circumstances.

Please let me be very clear, I am no better.  For years I have watched as society has infiltrated my home and mind.  I just stood around hoping that everything would change on its own.  It only started to change once I stood up for what is right and just.  Only when I started to stick my neck out did positive change occur.  I have observed, time and time again, that not doing anything creates automatic negative stagnation.  So how do we change that?

First, we can start by getting our own lives in order.  We start by reading His Word, praying for others and serving in a local church.  Second, we pay attention to what we watch or listen to.  K-LOVE radio has a challenge this month.  Listen to positive Christian music for one month and see how God changes your mind.  Take that challenge, if you dare.

Finally, we start with baby steps.  Writing was my way of starting baby steps.  It wasn’t difficult and allows me to express myself in many different ways.  Writing allows creativity to meet challenge.  You can start by doing something you like.  Maybe it’s playing music or painting.  Maybe it’s serving meals at a local shelter.  No matter what you love, start there and make a positive difference.

With all this in mind, please pray for the churches in New York City.  The NYC government is trying to stop Christians to pay for use of public school auditoriums for worship on Sunday mornings.  They are not trying to stop other religions, just Christians.

It amazes me how many times, Christians are “asked” not to do things in public places and all we do is stand there.  We are not called to violence or disobedience, but we do have the right to speak up.  So let’s just do that, speak up.

This Monday, January 9th, if you care about Christian rights, fast and pray for NYC to back off of churches who pay for use of public school auditoriums.  Please do not pray for malice or strife, just that the NYC government would see that there is no harm is allowing churches to use public facilities.  We are not asking for special privileges, just allow them to meet once a week.  As you search God on this matter, pray for our Christian leaders in NYC to be a positive witness to non-believers.  Pray that this does not turn into negative press (as most news media enjoy), but as a way to show that Christians still have a voice in this nation.

I hope you will join me on this day of Fasting and Prayer for NYC and not just stand there and watch as our city eats the Forbidden Fruit.  God Bless and encourage someone today.

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