We believe the Church currently finds itself in a State of Emergency (SoE). If we look and listen around, we hear about wars and rumors of wars, catastrophes, calamities, suffering… Ask anyone and they’ll have to tell you it’s not getting any better.
Why “State of Emergency”?
One definition is quite fitting:
a temporary system of rules to deal with an extremely dangerous or difficult situation
– Cambridge Dictionary
We are currently in a very alarming and increasingly dangerous/difficult situation. The world is slowly self-destructing and no singing around a campfire (or in a million dollar complex) and holding hands can help fix it. Instead of pastors putting a generous amount of resources to fatten the 99 sheep, they need to start making a huge effort of getting that one sheep into the sheepfold.
The Bible is very clear that there is no stopping this. It’s a ship with a big hole and the Church needs to start praying “S.O.S.” as earnest and often as they can, while serving God by salvaging as many souls as possible. The Church can’t afford to stay in its comfort zone, if it wants to please the Father.
Actually, we’ve been in this condition for quite some time. The Bible calls it the “Last Days”. However, many of the churches are irresponsive. The Christian seems to be either on some kind of a pleasure cruise or on a debate show quarrelling with each other over insignificant ideas (sometimes called doctrines) of their respective cults or denominations. We can do all we want in the name of God, if it isn’t what He called us to do, we’re ultimately doing nothing for His sake.
Jesus warns us about being complacent during His absence (that includes doing other things He never told us to do):
Mat 24:42-51 (NASB)
42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.
43 “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
44 “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.
45 “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?
46 “Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.
47 “Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
48 ”But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; 50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, 51 and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Even two millennia later, we need to live each day as if Jesus would be coming back now! He is not prolonging His second coming for no other reason, but to give us more time to “change our normal behavior and implement emergency plans“.
Mar 13:32-37 (NASB)
32 “But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
33 “Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.
34 “It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert.
35 “Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—36 in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep.
37 “What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!‘”
Our prayer is to help churches stop playing church, but finally to BE THE CHURCH that Jesus Christ meant us to be. And the time to do so is NOW! There will of course come a time where it will be obvious that the world is nearing its end, when all hell on earth breaks lose, that time will activate the last of the Remnant, but we can do so much more now, while borders and people are still generally open to religion.