In the book of Ezekiel, chapters 8 and 9, the prophet is shown the details of what caused God to be angry with His people and send them into the Babylonian captivity for 70 years. God took Ezekiel, in a vision, to Jerusalem and showed him the abomination and detestable things going on in His Temple. He was shown the horrible sins the people, who were still left in Jerusalem, were committing in the worship of false gods (idolatry).
The last verse of Chapter 8, verse 18, God said, “Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.” This verseis a verbal bridge to the opening of chapter 9, expressing the absolute exhaustion of God’s mercy and longsuffering for His people. God explains why He must deal with His people by sending them into captivity.
In chapter 9, God sends six (6) angels to destroy Jerusalem and one (1) angel to put a mark on the forehead of those who, “Cry out for all the abominations the wicked were doing in Jerusalem” (Ezek. 9:4). This one angel moved through the city of Jerusalem and placed a mark on the foreheads of those who lamented over all the wickedness going on in the city and cried out against it! The other six angels were to follow this one angel, who had the inkhorn marking those exempted from slaughter, and kill everyone else without the mark in the city (those who were wicked).
God told the six angels to start at the sanctuary, because the greatest blame was laid upon the leaders. They held more guilt because of their position! The application of verse 9:4 shows only those were saved who had the mark on their foreheads, because they “cried out against evil going on in their society.” (Evil is defined as anything that the Bible condemns such as homosexuality, transgenderism, lying, stealing, murder, pedophilia, adultery, bestiality, stirring up hate, racism, love of the world, idolatry, etc.)
Do we grieve over evil and cry out against it, or do we just go along with it? Many feel, in the Lord’s church, that elders should never talk about politics and controversial topics, because it might hurt or offend someone’s feelings, cause a drop in attendance and contribution. In today’s society, religious issues have been made political issues by the government. In the Lord’s church, we must stand up and speak out even if some call the issue “political.”
Now, for over two decades, there has been war declared on the home, family and the church. Sadly, this challenge has gone unheeded by a majority of our church leaders. The main response has been that church elders have buried their heads in the sand and hoped the problems would go away. While Christians have remained silent, the vocal minority of liberal activists have radically changed our culture in America. It is high time that Christians re-engage in our civic responsibility as voters and assert our Constitutional rights of freedom of speech and religion.
Some Christians view the political process as a no-man’s land, and all Christians should not be involved in it. What should be the attitude of leaders of the church about involvement in politics? The Bible says if we don’t call out evil, God will hold us responsible (Ezek. 3:18-19).
The scriptures include several examples of believers such as John the Baptist (Luke 3:19) and Paul (Acts 24:25) who saw to it that the authorities understood and followed morality. In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah (chapters 13-23) and Amos (chapters 1-2) rebuked and called out other nations for their sins.
Jesus didn’t apologize when He went into the synagogue and threw out the money changers and called them out for the evil that they were involved in (thievery). Through the examples of believers such as Daniel and Esther, I make the strong case that God wants all of His people to seek the welfare, not only of the church and city where we live, but also call out evil in the world, especially politics!
It is time to wake up and see that the church is in a battle against evil, and the opposition side (globalists) will abolish religious freedom and replace it with tyranny and slavery (II Chronicles 10:2) if we don’t get involved.