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1 Kings 12:15 • The King Did Not Listen

“So the king did not listen to the people; for it was a turn of events from the Lord, that He might establish His word, which the Lord spoke through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.”
    —1 Kings 17:15 (NASB)

There is something which, for the past couple of centuries, has been quite common for Christians in Western countries which has rarely, if ever, existed for the whole of Christianity in all of the past twenty centuries: a voice in government. Especially in America, Christians have grown so used to having their voice heard these past 233 years that it has become ingrained in culture. Christians seem to think that things like freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to assemble, and so forth are part of their rights as Christians. But something has been changing these past few decades because the king, as it were, is not listening like he used to.

Intellectually I think I understand what happened. The 60’s and 70’s spawned changes which could arguably be attributable to people who stood up and made their voices known. Whether you agree with their tactics, motives, or even politics, the fact is that they initated change. So according to the logic of some leading Christian leaders, it would take Christians asserting themselves in similar fashion to “re-take”, so to speak, what was lost. And so by the late 70’s and early 80’s we saw the birth of Christian political action groups. I have no doubt some good things were accomplished, but in the end nothing the church has ever attempted has been ultimately successful when they have done so by imitating the ways of the world.

After nearly 40 years of Christian political activism in America, simply ask yourself this: Are things getting better or worse? Have they become more “Christian” or more worldly? Have wordly values been replaced by biblical ones? These are almost rhetorical questions because it is obvious that Chrisitianity has not influenced anything in its favor. In every Western democracy by every reasonable measurement, Christianity is shrinking in numbers, ineffective in its influence, and no longer salt and light to the world.

Like those appealing to the king of Israel, it’s not that our voice has not been heard, but that it’s being rejected. There are other things at work. And just because things are not going our way politically does not mean that things are not going God’s way spritually “for it was a turn of events from the Lord”. This is the very definition of the Lsst Days when the great falling away is predicted and the love of many will grow cold. In times such as these it’s not necessary to make our voice louder, but to incline our ear to the voice of the Lord that we might understand what HE is doing through these things.