By now you have seen countless images of the damage produced by Hurricane Katrina. The press has vigorously sought out the extreme view of all the pain and anguish and broadcast it to the world. It is time to shift away from the visible devastation and consider the spiritual dynamics. Here are a few embryonic considerations of things God might want us to see.
1) This was fundamentally different
The assault on
I believe this is what is happening in
Although they have no place to go, no future, no plan, they know one thing - they want out. I believe that it is because in their spirit, they know that the land is inhospitable spiritually, as well as physically.
Contrast this with other great disasters. When the earthquake and fire destroyed
This is different. A specific discipline from God or the natural consequences of a dysfunctional society do not bring this response. People are responding to the land which has vomited them out.
2) There is a spiritual virus released
3) The Christian response
The book of Obadiah is God's judgment of extermination on the nation of
This is a crucial principle for the Body of Christ and the nation at large. Regardless of the nature and degree of the sins God is dealing with,
4) The potential
We use the term The Edomite Curse to describe normal human relationships that turn adversarial. It encompasses abortion, child molestation and abandonment, divorce, racism, domestic violence, murder, rape and all other forms of fractured relationships. While every redemptive gift has its own form of sin, the redemptive gift of Prophet tends to default to the Edomite Curse, leaving a trail of broken relationships behind it.
Now consider this principle: If we honor those whom God sends us, He will send us those whom He honors.
The Church has been praying vigorously for revival. There is a passionate desire to have more than a visitation from the King. We long to have Him dwell among us.
This is a righteous desire.
But is it possible that we are facing a test? Is the earnestly desired move of God contingent on our response to this situation? Is it possible that in the face of decades of rampant, unrepentant empowering of the Edomite Curse, God is offering this nation one last opportunity to love our brother?
When you think about it, the financial, emotional and spiritual cost of restoring the tens of thousands of evacuees is microscopic when measured against the travesty of the past generations' indulgence in destroying life and community.
Is it possible that if we respond rightly to this, God will come with mercy, but if we turn our back on our brothers and sisters, God will turn His back on us?
I don't know. I don't have to know whether the stakes are that high or not, because I do know that the right thing to do is to invest in those who have fled
5) The Fruit
If we consistently do what is right, because it is right, sooner or later we will do a right thing that gives us results that are hugely disproportionate to the action.
For the last ten years sundry teams have been deeply vested in dealing with the iniquity on the land in
Is today's series of radically right choices in
I don't know for sure. I just know they are doing the right thing in a big way, and it will go far to crush the power of the spirit of
Will we do the same for our nation?
Sept. 6, 2005