Missions! Now More Than Ever! by Larry Geraldson

Isaiah 6:8-11

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.  Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,…”

A right understanding of Is 6 must take into account the song of judgment in chapter 5 which is summarized in verse 7, “…he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.”

The word judgment means that the writer is looking for a verdict. The same verdict he had requested in verse 3, “…judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.”  It’s the age old argument between right and wrong.  Joshua said it this way, “…choose you this day whom ye will serve; …” Joshua 24:15

I believe we can say with some certainty that the verdict is in and our country has chosen to reject the righteous law of God as a foundation upon which her liberty rests. Regardless of which man people preferred to be president, the platform that was adopted for our nation’s future includes these specific points:  1. “…a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.”  2. “…marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples.”  3. “…the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act.”  4. “Recognizing that gay rights are human rights, the President and his administration have vowed to actively combat efforts by other nations that criminalize homosexual conduct or ignore abuse….American diplomats must raise the issue wherever harassment or abuse arises, and they are required to record it in the State Department’s annual report on human rights. And the State Department is funding a program that finances gay rights organizations to combat discrimination, violence, and other abuses.”

In summary, this means 1. No Defense of Marriage; 2. No Defense of the Unborn; and 3. Full on promotion and funding of gay rights and gay rights’ organizations at home and abroad.

At this point you may be asking yourself if I should be discussing these things. Well according to 1 Samuel 8:9, when Israel rejected God and the warning of the men of God, God told Samuel, “Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.”

Pursuant to our country’s decision is the dismantling of Biblical principles and precepts, which for so long have undergirded the law of the land, and replacing them with human reasoning and secular rationale.  We are witnessing a rejection of God’s moral law. This was done, for the first time in our history, by the endorsement of a majority of the people.

Biblical law is necessary.  The ungodly are acquainted with God’s holiness through the demands of law. By and through the demands of law, a right respect for morality is maintained.  The absence of law means immorality and ungodliness reign.  The natural way of depraved man according to Romans 1, is to reject God and live immorally. The things of God are rejected as undesirable.  The wrath of God is certain.

The only hope has always been and will continue to be a clear, concise, correct, Christ centered gospel.  Notice the last part of Is 5:7…God’s response to the wrong decision by His people which resulted in the oppression of righteousness and righteous influence on the land, is found in Is 5:25, “Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.”

God’s response was to pronounce swift and immediate judgment and at the same time, reach out His hand to save them. His unsearchable love, kindness and mercy, explode into our awareness as chapter 6 introduces us to the calling of Isaiah. He will be sent forth to a nation in crisis, to preach the gospel. As his message unfolds in chapter 7 we hear him proclaim, “…Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

I believe God’s response to our nation in crisis will be to call men to go and preach the gospel. The gospel is powerful and can convict the vexed soul as well as quicken the “dead in spirit” to repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We must preach the gospel where we are and send others to preach it where we cannot go. We need missions now more than ever.

We should not be motivated by an unrealistic expectation of human response but rather a peace in the providence of God that moves us to obedience to the faith. The outcome was not the motivating factor for the one who beheld the Lord high and lifted up and then surrendered to His call.  Isaiah said in chapter 6:11, “Lord, how long?” The Lord’s response was, “…Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,…”  Obedience to the faith is our motivator. We need missions now more than ever.

We don’t know what the end result will be from the most recent decisions of our fellow countrymen. But now, more than ever, we need to be doing the work of missions.  Let the cry of the gospel be heard from our lips across the street, across our state, and across this land.

Let me challenge you to do more and give more than ever before, for the cause of missions.

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