WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
Scripture: Ezekiel 13:1-5, Malachi 3:1-5
Ezekiel 13 assigns prophets the task of building a boundary wall against evil through intercession for mercy. Sin in the nation qualifies as a breach or gap in the covenantal wall of protection. Building that wall really becomes difficult when leaders call good evil and evil good. Standing in the gap is not enough when this boundary is crossed. Calling good evil and evil good guarantees a manifestation of God’s Judicial Hand. Approving homosexual marriage brings this issue to the forefront! Ezekiel 13:1-5 characterizes such a spiritual shift in a nation. It highlights the condition of the church when there are gaps in the spiritual boundary wall that are created because of unrepentant sin. Certain sin is so God-rejecting at its core as to invite God’s intervention or visitation. It is one thing to be caught in the deception of homosexuality but quite another to promote legalizing homosexual marriage. I certainly never thought I would see the emergence of radicalized people classified by Romans 1 as God-haters, but I was wrong. Passing homosexual marriage into law allows the state to rule any objecting church discriminatory potentially tax their property and penalize their pastor. God-hating is attracting high-profile givers like the owner of Amazon.com, who gave 2.5 million to advance homosexual marriage in Washington state. Every Christian who loves God, obeys God and He discriminates against sin by judging it. Sin will ultimately destroy a nation. The unique thing about Ezekiel 13 is that it marks the transition of iniquity rising to a place in the land where one’s biggest problem shifts from being the devil to being the judgment of God. The question now becomes, can we stand when God visits? Repentance could avert the disaster. But the real question is, where is the wall that will save us from God? That is the real issue that comes into view in Ezekiel 13. We can look at a nation like America and say, “Where is the church that is standing in the gap, so that the breaches are closed?” Is the church standing in the gap so the Judicial Hand of God is stayed? As it stands now, it is clear the church needs time to bring people into true repentance! Will the church rise to this responsibility?