Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases!
For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
2 They speak idly everyone with his neighbor;
With flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
I’ve been pondering how to communicate my heart about justice and righteousness, as I’ve been learning SO MUCH over the past couple months. During my commute home tonight, an IHOP-KC Prayer Room clip began playing on my iPod that put words to these revelations of my heart. The song is spontaneous, and the singer begins with the above plight of Psalm 12. Where have all the righteous people gone? The ones that, when they see an injustice actually have zeal and authority to do something about it?
There are millions of oppressed women and children in the world crying, “Help, oh God!”. And who will answer them???
This battle is real, and we must all enlist.
So many Christians are powerless to spiritually fight for justice because they have a divided heart. According to Psalm 12, the fruit of a divided heart is powerless words (when they speak, nothing happens). Many believers lack authority to fight darkness because they themselves are still in agreement with immorality. The dangerous reality is that most in this place don’t recognize the condition of their own heart. But good deeds and good intentions do not equate authority.
When I was beginning prostitution ministry in South Africa two years ago, I didn’t make it through one week of outreach before becoming so sick that I could no longer eat or get out of bed. After four days, I suddenly had a revelation that there were generational sins of immorality that I had not dealt with in my own life (I can explain this concept in more depth if necessary). I verbally renounced these sins, received the Lord’s forgiveness, and was immediately healed. Within 24 hours I had all my strength and appetite back. You see, I had good intentions but no authority yet.
What is the solution to a powerless church? WAKE UP!!! Put on your armor, raise the flag, and wage war against immorality, beginning with your own heart. Isaiah 59:19 says “When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard [a banner of war] against him.”
If we choose, we can partner with the Holy Spirit in this battle against darkness in the world. In place of exploitation, we can serve and honor. In place of the orphan spirit, we can adopt. We can look at a pile of ashes and declare beauty. We can speak hope into the disillusioned soul.