2020 has certainly been an interesting year so far.
Between protests and entanglements, political movements and scandals, I’m sure 2020 will be a year that not one person on this planet will ever forget.
And while so much has been happening in the world, there have been a number of people asking the question: where is the church in the midst of all of this?
Where is the church in the midst of unrest?
Where is the church in the face of injustice?
Where is the church in a world that seems to be moving so far away from Christ than it ever has before?
And it’s these very questions that have led to a number of schisms forming both in and out of the church, as people attempt to make sense of where they should in fact stand.
Prophet Tomi Arayomi made it quite clear where he stood with a particular movement. He expressed that, though the Black Lives Movement was admirable for its efforts to raise awareness of the plight of black people, especially African Americans, it was however plagued with agendas that we may not be privy to. A movement that he believes partners with Spirits that many of the church would not want to partner with if they were to consider the manifesto and policies that BLM stood for. Whether you agree with Black Lives Matter or not is a decision only you can make; and we suggest that you take the time to read through their manifesto in order to get a full idea of what their aims are.
However, the question here, is not about whether we should be supporting particular movements or not, but instead what does Christian activism look like?
Can you state that you’re a Christian and attend protests? Can you be a Christian and have a firm political stance/ belief that may not be explicitly depicted in the word i.e. Labor v Conservatives, or Republican v Democrats? Can you be a Christian and participate in political debates, disagree with others, especially your fellow Christians and still be a representative of the kingdom?
Well in short. The answer is yes.
In Genesis 1:26 it says: “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So how then do we expect to “rule over all the earth” if we don’t know how it works?
If there was ever something that the enemy did which has led to some of the greatest destruction across the world it’s his ability to stop Christians from thinking or having an opinion.
In some strange way it’s as though the moment someone gives their life to Christ they think that they have to leave their mind and opinion at home.
Just because God wants us to “deny” yourself “and take up his cross daily and follow” him being Jesus (Luke 9:23) it doesn’t mean denying your brain. It doesn’t mean that the church becomes passive or ignorant. But rather if we are to claim dominion over this earth, we can’t only be on the front line, but must be the front line.
What if God designed us with unlimited creativity, thoughts and capabilities in order to challenge the world around us. Martin Luther King Jr led a movement against racial discrimination and his foundation was Biblical. He saw that there was an issue with the way African Americans were being discriminated against, and used the word of God to pioneer a movement that completely changed the course of history.
When the world continues to move away from Christ, the church should stand up.
When there is injustice the church should speak out.
When there is unrest the church should be the first point of call.
Not to do things as the world does. But rather to transform the world around us by pioneering movements that are founded on Christ.
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