You are having a conversations with a co-worker about all the bad stuff happening in the world. You make a comment that perhaps it is time for Jesus to come back. You expect a casual nod, or a “tell me about it,” or at least a polite change of topic. What if the response was, “Tell Him we’ve rescinded His invitation.”
Let that sink into your brain for a minute.
“Tell Him we’ve rescinded His invitation.”
This didn’t happen to me, but it happened to a friend of mine. I don’t know what I would have said. I can’t think of a word I would say. Not. One. Word.
But my heart is breaking, as His heart is breaking. And I am casually taking a step back in case a lightning bolt happens to fall from heaven.
Who are we America? What happened to us?
There is a new dating app taking off that doesn’t get you your perfect date based on the things you like — but on the things you hate. You heard me right. It is called “Hater” and it pairs people based on what they hate. Hater actually did a study in America to find out what each state hated the most. One state in our nation –New Hampshire — said “God.” (https://www.maxim.com/news/hater-survey-what-singles-in-each-state-hate-2017-7)
They have “rescinded His invitation” too.
What role does God play in your life? Is He at the wheel? Or are you? Is He a friend? Or is He an annoyance? Does His Word convict you? Or does His Word bother you?
I think this is where America is today. There are many in America who think they love God, yet they discount His Word. They make excuses. They ignore verses. They add their own interpretation. They keep what they want, and they toss what they find uncomfortable.
But that isn’t Christianity at all. Jesus doesn’t call us to follow Him halfway. It is an all or nothing proposition. When a terrorist’s sword is against your neck and they ask if you are a follower of Jesus, you can’t say “kinda.” They can’t cut off half of your head. You are either all-in, or all-out.
I am terrified for us. I am terrified that America is walking away from the light. I can see the transition. I can see the world trying to lead us down a path of darkness – calling us away from the light. It doesn’t happen overnight, but slowly, so slowly, as we take our first few steps into the shadows of hatred and indifference. We can still see the light, so it fools us into thinking that all is well – the shadows aren’t all bad. Then a few more steps occur. Then more, and more, and more. And soon, we aren’t even recognizable anymore because our hated and indifference have swept us far away from the Light. “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” John 3:20-21
The birth pangs are happening. The world is shaking. How long until He appears? I don’t know. But I do know that our lives are but a vapor (James 4:14). Tomorrow you could be swimming through hurricane water. Tomorrow your home could be destroyed by forest fires. Tomorrow you could find your body filled with cancer. Would you lift your fist into the air and “rescind His invitation?”
Perhaps you would.
Jesus speaks to seven churches in Revelation. These seven churches represent seven different church environments that exist today. When you read what Jesus says to these churches, it is truly terrifying. To one He even says, “I will spit you out of my mouth.” Going to church, being part of a church, and participating in church does not make you a follower of God. The letters to Revelation prove it. They are wake-up calls to us. “Return to me, my bride!” Jesus says. “You cannot rescind my invitation. I am coming, whether you like it or not.”
I will never understand hatred toward God. Without Him, I would not be where I am today. Without Him, I would have never been born. He is the Creator, the Provider, and the Sustainer. And He will never rescind His invitation to us. No matter what we do, how far we walk into the darkness, or how messed up we are. He is there, calling us back to the light. We may not love Him, but He loves us.
The question is: what will we do with the invitation? You are either all-in, or all-out.