As I watched Baltimore deteriorate Monday April 27, 2015 my soul grieved. As my heart grew heavier by the hour I saw such uncontrolled anger and hate that I knew the demons had succeeded in doing what they wanted to do. In the morning, this morning, I woke up and saw a show of force from the law and more frustration and hate from the people.
“Wisdom is the principal thing;therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7 NKJV
I am familiar with some parts of Baltimore and like many cities there are churches everywhere and so I asked: Where are the church leaders? And then I saw them. These church leaders were crying out for peace.
The response of these riotous children was symbolic of what they thought of the church: they burned down the Senior Center that the church was building.
“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13 NKJV
No Jesus no peace. Despite a generation of men and women in the Baltimore area working hard Monday through Friday and praising God on Sunday; with fish fries, and chicken dinners to raise money to build bigger buildings; giving tithes and offerings and then some to make the building a better place the young people reject the faith of their elders. The church has been a place to dress nice and shout loud all in the name of the Lord for generations but faith is more than a shout. Know Jesus know peace.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” Hosea 4:6 NKJV
Faith is more than a shout it is the things hoped for the evidence not seen. Faith is stepping out on water not because the government created a platform for you to walk on or Hollywood wrote a script in which you could do it using optical illusions but because the Jesus you know personally said you could. Our young people don’t have a personal relationship with God they don’t know Him and they are dying.
Jesus kicked the professional grievers out of the house (Mark 5:35-43). He got rid of the church folk, the protesters, the boycotters, the traditions of man; Jesus spoke to the child- get up! There is to much shouting going on no one can hear the words of Jesus and so our young people perish.
“The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shatteredthe rocks before the Lord, but theLord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire,but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:11-12 NIV