Truth be told we are living a modern-day version of “The Wizard of Oz.” America, we need to get off the yellow brick road.
The classic children’s story featured four primary characters all in a place of great need:
The cowardly lion.
The tin man with no heart.
The straw man with no brains.
And Dorothy who was desperately trying to get back home.
All believed if they just followed the “yellow brick road” they would reach a utopian society where the Wizard of Oz would make everything better.
But we need to get off the yellow brick road.
When the foursome finally reached Oz, they realized it was all a farce, as eventually all Americans will who still believe that a utopian place of “progressivism” will achieve a wonderful world. It won’t, because it can’t.
The first ten days of Biden have been a wake-up call. Although Biden warned about Executive Orders in March stating, “You can’t legislate by executive order unless you’re a dictator,” he has issued more than 40 already.
Our challenge is whether we are willing to admit what is happening and take hold of courage, heart, brains, and the ability to get back “home” (to the land of the free and home of the brave). It is still within our grasp, if we are willing to press forward.
Revelation 21:7-8 tells us the rewards and dangers of our choices, “Those who overcome will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Let’s look closer at that verse. The word “overcome” means to “subdue or prevail to victory.” The overcomers were the ones who were obedient and faithful to God. We are encouraged to overcome and those who do are called “His children.”
But those who don’t are called cowardly (fearful and unbelieving), vile/abominable (polluted with crimes), murderers, sexually immoral, who practice magic arts, idolaters and all liars, who will be consigned to fiery lake of burning sulfur.
Sadly, we see cowardice and fear ruling many when it comes to the need to stand up to ungodly rule, injustice, and lies. Afraid for repercussions, retribution or their lives. And let’s be honest. The fear is real. Yet we are told to overcome!
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We need courageous judges and attorneys. The attorneys who challenged the election have risked their reputations and licenses to bring election fraud to light. We needed, and still need, courageous judges who are willing to look at the substantial evidence of fraud. For the record, evidence of voter fraud could be found in each battleground state as well as evidence of foreign interference.
We need courageous litigants to challenge Big Tech censorship, radical abortion laws, teaching LGBTQ curricula in public schools, and more. And we need courageous judges to rule according to the Constitution. Judges, we implore you to take courage and take a stand for righteousness. Revisit where you took a pass. Our nation needs you to be courageous as you do your job.
We need courageous governors who will stand in their Constitutional authority for their sovereign states to take back leadership when the federal government overreaches its power. President Trump continually tried to get governors to act for their states when they were attacked, burned and destroyed by Antifa and BLM rioters. He refused to usurp authority to do what was their job to do.
The Tenth Amendment in our U.S. Constitution’s original Bill of Rights states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Governors have more authority than they realize.
They are the ones responsible to release the National Guard when needed, not the federal government. They have been delegated authority to protect the people in their states, its resources and its jobs.
For example, now that Biden has chosen to stop building the border wall, which is certainly an action that doesn’t protect the citizens particularly in border states, governors can make the decision to continue the border wall in their areas using state money.
Governors, take courage and govern your state in the best interest of your constituents. Please don’t seek a federal bale out but instead figure out how to lead your state effectively. Intercessors, let us pray for each governor for godly wisdom and to understand and walk in their authority to govern and help the people in their state effectively.
Many pastors have struggled with what to do regarding the issues of “separation of church and state” and COVID this past year. Pastors, I encourage you to remember your role to “shepherd” lead, help protect, teach and encourage the sheep. Don’t let the fear of losing your 501(c) status silence you from standing for righteousness.
This is a time for courage and when you have courage, you can impart courage. Don’t remain silent.
Intercessors, let us pray courage for pastors to make decisions for the best interest of their congregation regardless of whether it will affect non-profit status. That they will be able to stand strong with instruction and insight in these confusing times to help dispel fear and confusion.
This is, in fact, an opportunity for the Church to shine and stand strong in the face of adversity and be a light in the darkness.
To every one of us
We each must ask ourselves have we been courageous or bowed to cowardice? Is faith or fear the driving force behind our decisions? Do we still believe that God is our healer, provider and in control?
Lord give us courage to not go silent about the theft of the election, the overreach of government, illegal censorship and communistic “fact-checking.” Help us not grow weary in our fight to protect the life of the unborn or to be a nation that seeks after Him. Give us courage to speak up and make a difference.
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May the words of Revelation 21:7-8 be a reminder that courage is not just an option, but a necessity if we are to be called his children.
The opposite of cowardice is bravery. This is a call to those who will stand bravely both for the Word of God and for the freedoms of our nation. Rev 12:11 says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
May that be what is said of this generation in the books of history yet to be written.
Take courage. Let’s get off this yellow brick road and take hold of courage, renewed hearts, and discerning minds.
Let’s take back our home—America–with bravery to stand for freedom and for God. It just takes courage.
Lord, we ask that you would give our leaders courage to stand for righteousness and against wickedness. Let them be fearless in the face of evil and recognize that greater is He within them than he that is within the world.
Lord we pray that you would strengthen those in office to see You and know You. We pray that pride and arrogance would bow along with corruption and rage. You said that the effectual fervent prayer of righteous men/women avails much. Lord we pray that you would give us courage and give us faith, where we have had fear. Forgive us for putting more trust in a vaccine than in You and help us to walk forward knowing that You will guide our path.
(published first on Intercessors for America)