The following is a Guest Editorial for this issue. It is written by Brother Noel Naff. Brother Noel is the Chairperson of the Virlina District Board, and the pastor of the Mount Hermon Church of the Brethren, in Bassett, VA. KWE
Will America Return to GOD through Desperation or through Revelation?
When we say “Jesus is Lord,” what do we really mean?
In Scripture, the day of the Lord is a time of judgment. It’s a time when God’s patience runs out. It’s a day of reckoning. In today's time, it's like we don't believe this about our GOD. I feel that the church as a whole is very far east of Eden. We are lukewarm, yet most believe we are good to go. What is it going to take for America to get serious about GOD?
Scriptures tell us: When the day of the Lord draws near, we are to cry out and rend out hearts, which is a deep repentance. This is also the mark of GOD's people in the book of Revelation.
“God’s people who are called in God’s name, if they will pray and humble themselves and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways, then He’ll hear our prayer, He’ll forgive our sin and bless us. We can say God bless America until we are blue in the face, but I think the blessing on America is directly related to God’s people getting their act together. The question is, will we wake up? Have a great revival? Or will God have to break our back and through desperation and suffering, we call out the name of the Lord?
I don’t think the answer is in politics or in our military. Only God can solve the problems we face today. And the world is not going to turn to God. It’s up to God’s people to stand in the gap.
It begins with YOU.
Recently each pastor in our district was sent a letter from Andrew Murray, the Moderator for the Annual Conference which will be held in Greensboro, NC – June 29 – July 3, 2016. The purpose of the letter is simply to keep Annual Conference in the thoughts of pastors and congregations. Also he is requesting that we take May 15, Pentecost Sunday, as a special day of prayer and fasting for this gathering in Greensboro. Brother Andy is requesting that we pray for the following:
- Pray that we might be open to, and guided by, the Spirit in our worship, our study and our deliberations.
- Pray that we will be given the grace to treat each other as brothers and sisters in Christ in the best tradition of the Church of the Brethren.
- Pray for safe travels for those that gave of their time and talent by serving the church at Annual Conference.
- Pray that each persons that gathers in Greensboro, in the name of the church, will experience a renewed anointing of the Spirit that will give energy and courage in abundance for moving Christ’s Church into a confident future.
Please share these prayer concerns with your congregation and remember that Brother Andy is planning to be with us on May 22, 2016 at the Keyser Church beginning at 2:30 PM.