Prophecy Unveiled...The Last Days
A Clarion Call to Christians
                        CLARION CALL TO CHRISTIANS
                                    by Brother Grant


INTRODUCTION

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Those are the words spoken by Jesus Christ, as
He addressed His followers in John 14:15 (King James Version). He was pointing out and
making clear to His disciples that they should be obedient to His teachings. In another passage
He went on to teach His disciples “A new commandment I give unto you that ye love one
another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. He went on to say “By this shall
all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” John 1:34-35.

DISCUSSION

In 2017 Gallup poll “2017 Update on Americans and Religion” three-quarters of Americans
identify with a Christian faith (Newport, December 2017). In 2018, another pollster indicated
the percentage of adult Christians in America is 70.6% of the population (Pew Research
Center, February 2018). The population of the United States in 2018 was estimated to be
327,843,706 million (World Population Review, 2018), therefore, these figures indicate more
Americans are members of the Christian Community of Faith than any other religion.
America, as Christians, we have a problem! Evil is polarizing our nation and community of
Believers in Christ.

This polarization is an alarming concern because many Christians appear to be anesthetized to
it and need to be awakened. “Wake up Community of Faith;” this is a Clarion Call to
Christians. It is time for us to sound the alarm! Christ commanded us to love each other in
the manner that He loved us and show that love to the world. We are to put love on display
before the world and by doing so, the world, including America, would know we are His
followers. (Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 12:30-31; John 15:12-14; John 16:27) Fellow
Christians, we must dispel the hate and the evil that our America is experiencing.
Something to think about:

•        What kind of influence do we have in society?

•        What kind of message are we sending to others?

•        Are Christians influencing society with godliness; or is society influencing Christians
with darkness?  We are to identify with Christ who commands us to show His love to others,
and by doing so influence our society. Today, members of the Community of Faith appear to
be of the world, not just in the world. This worldliness is characterized by an abundance of
hatred, disunity, conflict, and partisan behavior. Strife and contention abound; within our
government, courts, churches, communities, and in our homes. We are now emotionally pit
against each other; Christians against other Christians; each contending to have his own way
and advance his own agenda. Our daily lives appear to mimic what goes on in society. We
are Christ’s witnesses and we are to live our lives in a manner that exemplifies the love He
has shown each of us. Today we have become undercover witnesses of that love. Our Christ-
life identity has become hidden beneath:
•        our political ideologies,
•        our advancement and protection of our different ethnicities, and
•        our numerous organizational affiliations.

The evil polarizing America affects the entire population. As noted in James 3:16 Scripture
tells us, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” According
to 1 John 3:8, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the
devil.”
Something to consider:

•        Is strife and contention now the Christians’ “new normal?”

•        Are we so used to conflict in our society that now to “fit in” we expect and accept it?

•        Have we abandoned our calling to impact the world for Christ?

Evil exists, as a part of our fallen world. Take an opportunity to catch any of the headlines on
our evening news and typically any local and many national news shows will feature stories
about our mistreatment of each other. We have Mass shootings in our schools, churches and
synagogues; killings in our places of business and employment.  Bomb threats at athletic
events, at social gatherings, in our transportation systems and in our mailboxes. Murder-
suicides in our homes; stabbings and shootings in our neighborhoods.

Again, evil exists, but what does surprise and yet disappoint is that this evil continues to
influence and deceive us as Christians. We are now such a part of the world and its system,
that we may see only the worlds perspective. It is possible that we no longer have a Biblical
world view. We are to live in this world and be witnesses for Christ, but not of this world
and its evil system. (John 17:14-15) Christians are so deceived, that our witness for Christ is
being tarnished and we may not even realize it.  Christ, with whom we are supposed to
identify with, acknowledge as Lord, submit to, and love and obey is actually being
dishonored! This may not apply to every Christian, as there may be exceptions. But if the
pollsters mentioned earlier are to be believed, over 70% of adult Americans claim to be
Christians. This chilling reality suggests that seven out of ten adults that we meet; come into
contact with; interact and potentially work and play with are Christians. If that be true,
shouldn’t we live more at peace with each other?  Shouldn’t we be kinder to each other? Are
the many labels and group affiliations that we ascribe to, more important than our citizenship
and Ambassadorship for Christ?  The Jesus that we represent should be discernible to others
as they observe our countenance, conduct, conversation and Christ-like character in
everyday life.
Christians are called to resist this evil because of our knowledge of Jesus Christ and our
relationship with Him. This call to action to resist evil is necessary because we know and love
His Word. Instead of lifting up each other, we level vitriolic, acrimonious, and malevolent
acts of evil at each other. Our disdain for each other because of religion, race, ethnicity or
politics, often has us feuding among ourselves. Our conversations with each other, wherein
we discuss the issues of today, often become confrontational resulting in mean-spirited name
calling and a highly charged atmosphere where violence can occur.

Our true struggle is not with each other. Scripture in Ephesians 6:10-12 gives us assurance
that our struggle is not with flesh and blood, but with the forces of darkness, and its
influences in the world. It reads as follows: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and
the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood; but against
principalities; against powers; against the rulers of the darkness of this world; against spiritual
wickedness in high places.” We should be standing up against this “darkness,” but in our
deception, we are willingly participating and unwittingly disobeying our Lord. Christians this
must stop! Allow me to state it again, Christians this must stop! This madness is of the world
and should not exist within the Body of Christ.  My brothers and sisters in Christ; let us begin
to project the light of the world instead of being blinded by the darkness. We should be the
salt of the earth in America and provide this nation with Christ-like flavor. We all know that
“God is love,” but it should be more than just a catchy phrase. (1 John 4:7-21) Scripture
records beginning at verse 7:

7. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born
  of God, and knoweth God.
8. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only
   begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be
     the propitiation for our sins.
11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and
     his love is perfected in us.
13. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his
     Spirit.
14.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the
      world.
15.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he
      in God.
16.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he
      that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17.  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of  judgment:
      because as he is, so are we in this world.
18. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.
      He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19.  We love him, because he first loved us.
20. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his
    brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21. And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

SUMMARY

In summary, fellow Christians you have been provided with insight regarding events
happening in America and the world. We have a problem and the problem is “US!” Evil
exists, as a part of our fallen world. So then what can we do? Here are some options:
•        Let us resist evil and its divisiveness.

•        Let us resist the strategies being used to lure us into polarization and conflict.

•        Let us say “No” to the notion that our struggle is with flesh and blood and put on the
        whole armour of God.

•        Let us be the solution to the darkness.

•        Let us make Christ preeminent in our lives and reveal His love in the world each day.
        (Matthew 22:36-38; Mark 12:29-30)

To solve our problem we should repent, pray fervently, ask God to intervene in our daily lives
and this nation’s affairs, and permit Him to do so. Scripture records “ If My people, who are
called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from
their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their
land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) Imagine if we did what our society might look like?
•  Can you see us changing our society and our Country by spreading love that covers a
  multitude of sin? (1 Peter 4:8; Proverbs 10:12)
•   Can you envision us keeping the great commandment to love God and our neighbor as
   thyself? (Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 12:30; John 14:12-14; John 16:27)
•   Can you see us sharing 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient and kind? Love is not jealous
   or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it
   keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices
   whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is
   always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New
   Living Translation Study Bible) Jesus’ love for God was expressed in perfect obedience
   (John 14:31 KJV) and so should ours. Let us display the love of Christ for the entire world
   (1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 3:11-18; 1 John 4:7-21) and be the change we desire to see. Are
   you with me?

REFERENCES

Newport, F. (December 2017). 2017 Update on Americans and Religion. 2017 Gallup News.
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Pew Research Center. (February  2018). Religion Landscape Study “Religion in America,”
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World Population Review. (2018). 2018 World Population by Country. Retrieved December
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