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Our Samuel Moment

posted Aug 30, 2016, 10:13 AM by First Baptist

Os Guinness is a prominent Christian apologist and prolific author. His latest book is entitled Impossible People.


This is not a book about dealing with difficult people. Instead, it’s about the need for Christians in the West to be “impossible” in the sense of being “unmanipulable, unbribable, undeterrable and unclubbable.” He believes the Western church today is in “grand clarifying moment.” As never before, we need “faces like flint and backbones of steel.”


Guinness writes that the church today finds itself at our Samuel Moment. What does he mean?


Samuel’s Moment


Initially, the nation of Israel was ruled by judges. But then, the people started clamoring for a king. They wanted to be like the other nations. This wasn’t what God wanted for Israel, so He had Samuel warn the people what having a king would mean for them. Samuel was very clear about the consequences. Nevertheless, the people insisted and God gave them what they wanted.


The Church’s Samuel Moment


The reason this is the church’s Samuel Moment is because, like ancient Israel, our culture is choosing to forget God and go its own way. Guinness says the West is “squandering our Jewish and Christian heritage, flouting our time-tested traditions and values, and carelessly opting for lifestyles, practices and institutions that rival and even surpass those of pagan Rome. Unless these choices are reversed, the eventual outcome of this path will be degeneracy and the end of the West as a civilization.”


He continues:


“Therefore, like Samuel, we must say the following with boldness and with sorrow to our generation:


‘Leaders and peoples of the West, these are your choices, and these will be your consequences. The choice is yours, but so also will be the consequences. So we solemnly warn you now. Indeed, we plead with you for your own sake and the sake of your children’s children, do not go this way. But, and here is the point made clear, if you do go this way, we will not join you. We are committed to live differently. We will not worship your gods, and we will not live according to your ways.’”


What do you think? Is this our Samuel Moment? If so, how will you respond?


Pastor Dan