With a convicted spirit and a heart full of compassion, I look across the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. This historic city, known for her role in the narrative of our nation’s Revolutionary War chapter, love of sports and birthplace of some of the world’s leading educational institutions, now stands recognized as yet another victim of mindless terror.
Yet in this region, over 200 years ago, a man by the name of Paul Revere sounded an alarm; an alarm prompting the colonists to arise and confront tyranny by vociferously proclaiming, “The British are coming!”
Friends, we live in difficult times. From the Boston Marathon terror attack to three girls held hostage as sex slaves in Cleveland to marriage under assault and a doctor in Philadelphia arbitrarily terminating life; we live in an age of crisis, an age of spiritual tyranny. Forget Harry Potter and Hogwarts, via the conduit of biblical allusions, we know very well there are real spirits in the world today.
The spirit of Pharaoh lives holding people captive in the Egypt of spiritual bondage and fear. The spirit of Goliath still exists mocking and intimidating the children of God. The Spirit of Jezebel still makes men and women hide in caves with sexual perversion and manipulation. The spirit of Absalom continues to divide homes, churches and relationships while the spirit of Herod kills the young through abortion, poverty, and sex trafficking; murdering infant dreams and visions.
Yet in the midst of it all, there exist a spirit that’s more powerful than all these spirits combined. We must tell the world that the most powerful spirit alive today is not the spirit of Pharaoh, Saul, Absalom, Goliath, Jezebel or Herod. The most powerful spirit on the planet is none other than the Holy Spirit of Almighty God. “For it is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,” saith the Lord, Zechariah 4:6.
For at the end of the day, we understand that our generation must decide between pathetic complacency and prophetic courage. Christ followers, it’s time to embrace the following truths.
There exists no such thing as comfortable Christianity.
Truth can never be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.
In addition, the number one problem in America is not moral relativism or cultural decadence. The number one problem in America is a lukewarm, complacent and silent church.
Finally, it’s time for the 21st century prophetic Paul Reveres to rise up. It’s time for the voices of righteousness and justice to sound an alarm. It’s time for this generation to rise up and tell the world that spiritual tyranny will be confronted by prophetic courage. It’s time to tell the world not that the “British are coming” but rather that Jesus still saves, He still heals, He still delivers and He is coming back again.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Hispanic Evangelical Association