June 7, 2017: Asleep at the Wheel
Mark 14:37-40 (NIV)
37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour?
38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing.
40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.
Pastor Henry was growing concerned about what was happening on the campus and in the town so he called other pastors who were of a like mind and gathered them together.
“Dear Brother Pastors, I am glad you are here today. I am concerned about what is happening in our community and on our campus. It seems the enemy has come in like a flood and we need to develop a strategy to deal with this.” Pastor Henry offered a few suggestions and other pastors chimed in on what they thought could be done.
There were many suggestions and strategies proposed at that meeting. The meeting was adjourned with a brief prayer for God to bless their efforts.
The town’s leading elders of the churches got together and no one saw it coming. The strategies were impressive. Bring in the best apologist for the Christian faith, even though their speaking fees were quite high this was certainly worth the cost to be able to counter the arguments the other side would be offering.
No one saw it happening, the church was busy in making plans and printing tracts and talking about the Gospel with others. There was more activity in these small churches spread across the city than there had been in years. Yes, the church was really coming alive for this moment in her history.
At one of the planning sessions, one of the leading pastors was overheard by some of his members, “Yes all those at the University are liberal heretics. They are blinded by the god of this world. They are filled with hate for us and that is as it should be because our Lord told us we would be persecuted for his name so let us rejoice when we see these things happen.”
It was a young college student who had just become a follower of Christ that overheard that conversation.
At the next Bible study, this young freshman attended he began to talk of those without Christ in the same way his pastor did. “Yes, you can certainly see how blind Professor Peterson is. He cannot even see the evidence around him staring him in the face. He hates God and seeks to get others to hate him as well. We should pray for God to bring him great agony so he can see his way to Christ.”
With each new conversation being held among followers of Christ you could overhear it in the tone of their voices. Jud mentalism was fast exposing its head among the churches. Then there were those who thought it was their unique calling to be able to discern who was and was not a follower of Christ.
Church prayer meetings became where they preyed on those who did not follow Christ instead of pray for those without Christ. The compassion in their prayer meetings dried up. Seldom were any tears shed for those without Christ. Lots of prayers for the “unsaved, the Lost, The sinners, those who do evil were offered. Not much was heard about the prayers of the young single mom who had not been in church in years because she had been so battered by the harshness of those who were followers of Christ.
It all happened so suddenly no one saw it coming.