by Paulette Stamper
“How long will you be paralyzed by indecision? If the LORD is the true God, then follow him, but if Baal is, follow him!” 1 Kings 18:21
God uniquely blessed Israel to make his name known throughout the earth. God promised the land to Abraham’s descendants, brought them out of bondage in Egypt, and poured out his blessings on both the people and the land. However, God’s chosen people quickly forgot about their God, turning their affections and attention to the pagan gods of the nations surrounding them. In quite the dramatic showdown, the prophet Elijah boldly confronted them, declaring the time for choosing sides had arrived. No longer could they claim to follow the God of Israel while practicing pagan worship. Either they had to declare allegiance to the one true God or drop the pretense and make a public declaration that Baal was their god. It wasn’t exactly a “Discover Your Best Life Now” feel-good type of sermon, but man did it fuel the fire for change in Israel…literally!
Our nation is similar to Israel in many ways. We have the freedom to worship the true God, and we are abundantly blessed. However, there are many Christians who are “paralyzed by indecision.” They honor God with their lips but have hearts that are far from him (Isaiah 29:13). What we desperately need in this hour of history are men and women of God who will stand in the spirit of Elijah, boldly declaring the truth of God’s word, and admonishing those who claim the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to throw off the spirit of lukewarm Christianity and be either hot or cold. Now is not the time to sit on the sidelines and watch the moral decline of our great nation. Now is the time for the sons and daughters of the Most High God to take our positions as mighty warriors, confronting the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms with the mightiest weapon available to us – the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God!
Let’s not shrink away from the battlefield. Now more than ever, the world needs bold warriors like Elijah willing to declare the truth with courage, passion, accuracy, and zeal. Will you answer the call to take a stand like Elijah?