In one sense, I know some people will always be determined to turn their backs on God and live the way they want. But I’m afraid the church has made it easier for people to reject Christ because we have not been obedient to God’s requirement that we “do justice” and demonstrate his love for “the least of these.”
The Lord has been speaking to my heart about the judgment the church is experiencing because we have, like Israel, turned a deaf ear to the cries of the poor and oppressed. And, like Israel, we have been sent into captivity to learn a lesson.
Now the Lord has given us a young generation — the “Justice Generation” — whose hearts are tender toward the poor and oppressed, and they reject a church that relegates the Gospel to a spiritual message and does not include a message of healing and restoration for the brokenness that pervades every aspect of or lives.
I believe that, through the open hearts of this young generation, the Lord is giving us an opportunity to do what he told the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2: to return to our first love and do the works we did at first — before we turned over the needs of the poor and oppressed to an unspiritual government.
God is giving us an opportunity to see his just rule multiplied throughout the earth, if we will but take up his requirement to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with him.