Our home church Pastor Scott Eynon of Community Christian in Tamarac, Florida recommended we check out Pastor Todd Wagner and Watermark Community Church, and, lo and behold, it’s only 10 minutes from our house here in Dallas. We’ve been very pleased at Watermark; the ministry team truly preaches God’s word. Aubrey and Austen like Watermark because there’s a large millennial crowd — just makes me feel old.
Yesterday, Pastor Wagner spoke about the “end times” and the indicators/warnings that some perceive. One scripture included in his sermon caught my attention, and I’d like to share it. The scripture comes from Luke 12:48 (New International Version):
“…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
There are some who will read this to mean, “tax the rich,” which is a politicized interpretation. What this scripture actually means is that those blessed with increased responsibility are likewise held to higher standards of accountability. This is something leaders understand; whereas charlatans, on the other hand, instead use their position, power and influence only for their own interests.
This scripture also applies to the blessings we enjoy here in America. When one considers what these United States of America have achieved in 239 years, it’s absolutely astonishing. Those blessings don’t come from the hand of government, with the little “g”; but rather, from God — truly the big “G.” We aptly sing, “God bless America, my home sweet home.”
The accountability that falls to America is to be that beacon of liberty and freedom. It’s imperative to recognize we’re the guardians of this place where those who labor and are burden-laden can come to find rest. America is a place where the Judeo-Christian faith heritage is entrusted to honor the greatest gifts from our Creator, the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.Sadly, we find ourselves in an America, as Pastor Wagner so artfully stated, on the horns of a dilemma. Pastor Wagner posed the question, shall there be a rupture or reckoning of America?
How is it that in just a few short years — since 1973 — we’ve come to kill our unborn children and harvest their parts under the guise of research. If my life is to end, it’s God’s will. I will never consent or agree to killing those who’ve no voice; on the contrary, I’m accountable to BE their voice. That’s an example of what Luke 12:48 addresses.Yes, we’ve been so blessed, entrusted, with a higher understanding, intellect and ability to leverage scientific knowledge — but with that comes a higher responsibility. Life is precious and a gift, and all lives matter — not just those selected for political purposes. And yes, I’m a pro-life supporter — and the insidious assertion that this puts me on the same level as an Islamic terrorist are the words of a desperate person.
Liberty has always been the attraction drawing so many to our shores. How can it be that we as that beacon have come to a point where that cherished gift of American liberty is just a byproduct for anyone who traipses across our border? We’ve been entrusted with the charge of having a republic and keeping it alive and vibrant. One of the most important aspects of a republic is its sovereignty — and that we must secure.
Liberty, as President Abraham Lincoln stated in April 1864, alludes to what a man can do with himself and the product of his labor. How have we come to the point in America where phrases such as wealth redistribution, economic fairness and fair share have become part of the political lexicon? And how can it be that we’re moving further away from the individual’s freedom, granted by the Creator, to pursue happiness — toward a government seeking to guarantee happiness? I thought of these things as Pastor Wagner spoke of the “rupturing” of America. Our fundamental foundations are indeed being shaken by a dangerous earthquake. Cracks are developing in our structure that threaten the house built upon a solid foundation, not set upon sand.
And so the challenge becomes, shall we have an American reckoning instead to stave off the rupturing? The Bible says in 2 Timothy 4:2-5 (New International Version):
“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”
Therein lies the problem in America: the proliferation of those who’ll say what the itching ears wish to hear. That is not leadership, and only leads to the rupturing of our nation. Those who will say what needs to be heard — sound doctrine — have a great responsibility to never cease speaking the truth relating to our fundamental principles and values. Yes, we must endure the hardships of disparaging, denigrating and disrespectful invectives, but there’s a greater calling: the reckoning of America. And we must press on, not in fear but in readiness. The reckoning of this Constitutional Republic will come by way of those who possess the faith, courage and wisdom through the preparation of their spirits — not by delving into conspiracy theories and hyperbole, which are driven by fear rather than faith.
Pastor Wagner’s message was simple, and as he bade us farewell for the week, he urged us to go and make ready. Not by becoming a “prepper”; rather, by preparing our souls for the battle that wages between the rupturing and the reckoning of America. We must be at the ready and stand firmly to evidence the way ahead, which is not progressive. And just as a reminder folks, Solomon said it in Ecclesiastes 10:2 (New International Version):
“The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.”
Fools rupture; the wise reckon and restore.