The Remnant Church
Christians are the ones responsible for bringing religious freedom to America. The Puritans came over on the Mayflower, so desiring freedom to worship Christ as their conscience dictated. After arriving in America, they became known as pilgrims, meaning ones who journey to a foreign land. These first pilgrims lived under persecution within their country of origin, being forced to worship God as a state religion, of which was dead and dry, having little or no faith. This caused many to worship God in secret, often being caught and persecuted. Some were even killed for their faith. These were those whose love for Christ was built on faith and trust in all that Christ did for them, and they so desired to worship and serve Him in return, accordance with the Word of God. They were willing to risk their lives to finally flee from their country looking for that religious freedom they so longed for, and many of them fled to the new world of America.
Our country was founded on religious freedom to serve Christ as our conscience dictates. This fight for religious freedom became the bases of the founding of our country in this new land. Eventually, in the years of 1787, this fight for freedom was put to writing, which laid down the foundation for the development of the U.S. Constitution, followed by the Bill of Rights in 1792, which defends the rights of the individual people. Since then Christians have supported and stood strong in their faith through the U.S. Constitution because it is supported by the Word of God.
Over the past 250 years, our country has become a melting pot of people from all over the world that have carried a variety of religions, including no religion at all. Sadly, many have been unbelievers who have undermined what our country stands for, purposing to tear down the foundation of the whole Judea/Christian principles that the U.S. Constitution supports. Even more sadly, there have been many within the Church who have not taken their faith seriously, causing division in the Body of Christ, thus breaking down the truths of the Word of God, which helped support unbelievers in their efforts to tear down the fundamental bricks of our constitution. Thus, our religious freedom now stands in jeopardy of being rapidly taken away from us.
Half empty or half full?
When looking at a glass half filled with water, there are two ways of looking at it -
half empty or half full - all dependant on your perspective.
I have always grown up believing that the church's (and individual) religious freedom has been slowing deteriorating because the Church has not stood strong to continuously fight for what Christians of yesteryear have fought so hard to maintain. In other words, I have believed it has been the Church’s fault that our country is in such a mess. While that may be true to a point, I would like to look at the above glass from a different perspective.
A sermon I heard in church last week caused me to look at a glass that I thought was half empty, to suddenly it appeared to be half full. My perspective suddenly changed. I realized then that our country would have long lost its democracy and religious freedom many decades or even a century ago if it wasn’t for the Church, even though many in the Church have refused to live, or even die for the cause of Christ, refusing to stand for Truth. Through their silence or carnal fleshly living, this lack of concern caused our country to digress to where it is at now. There is, however, still a remnant in the Church who have stood, and is still standing strong for God’s Truth, therefore; protecting our Constitutional rights. It is the Remnant Church that has protected our Constitutional rights through prayer and action.
This then brought me to search my heart to see where my level of faith was at. I asked myself - "Am I part of the problem or part of the solution? Does Christ count me in as part of the Remnant Church, standing strong for the Gospel - for Truth, even in the face of opposition or persecution? Am I armored and ready at all times to stand up for Truth?
In this dire time of danger of losing our religious freedom, we are in a spiritual war. We cannot keep silent, flowing with the crowd so as not to make waves, avoiding any persecution that may come our way?
The armor of God
As a believer in Christ, God has called you and me to live in this generation and for a purpose. As in just about every generation, we are in a battle to protect the Truths of the Word of God. Often our battle appear to be in the physical, but behind the physical is always a spiritual enemy force. God have given us the protective and offensive armor we need to fight this battle (Eph 6:11-18).
Eph 6:10-13 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
What then do we need to stand strong for? How do we arm ourselves? What kind of armor do we wear? According to Ephesians 6:14-18 here is our armor:
1. The Belt of Truth: Always speak Truth, defending the Word of God in all situations
2. The Breastplate of Righteousess: Live and defend righteous living according to the Word of God
3. The Gospel of Peace: Even though we may be at war, our end goal should always be to bring forth peace. Jesus is our peace
4. The Shield of Faith: Stand strong to defend your faith
5. The Helmet of Salvation: Jesus is our salvation, and in Him do we trust
6. The Sword of the Spirit: The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. It can cut through every lie.
Let us all put on the full armor of God, set our sights on the battle at hand, and boldly fight for Truth - the Truths of the Word of God. We are as bold as a lion for Christ - We ARE the Remnant Church.