On May 15, 2019, Alabama enacted the Human Life Protection Act, a groundbreaking pro-life bill to protect unborn children. The story overwhelmed the national news cycle and drew severe criticism from pro-choice lobbies and social media. It was a moment of intense divisiveness as many expressed their fury and threatened consequences against Alabama. People seemed to be losing their heads.
Later that week, while mowing my yard, I was passing the time in prayer. I had recently listened to Lou Engle speak on the issue of abortion, and my heart had been moved to pray fervently for Alabama. As I prayed, I was reminded of the recent threats against Arkansas for our pro-life bills, and of the Arkansas Legislators whose lives had been threatened because of their pro-life stance. I began to thank God for the courage of our state Legislators and prayed for their safety.
Suddenly, as I prayed, the Lord caught me by surprise as I heard these words resound in my spirit, “My church in America has become non-prophet to remain nonprofit.” I immediately felt convicted over how many of our pastors had not done enough to stand with our Legislators. Our churches would not risk the same threats or consequences. I felt the Lord’s pain over the loss of our prophetic courage.
I thought of the many times that I had heard the excuse that pastors can’t speak about social issues because it would jeopardize their tax-exemption. Suddenly another phrase resounded in my spirit, “The church in America has traded their prophetic voice for a bowl of tax-exempt soup [obviously referring to the story of Jacob and Esau], and I will not allow my church to be non-prophet any longer.“
I became filled with an overwhelming sense that God has a controversy with the American church’s refusal to speak up when it might risk their tax-exemption. We have put our trust in our tax status. I understood that the Lord cares too much about the prophetic voice of the church in America to let our nonprofit status keep us non-prophet.
If the future holds the removal of the church’s tax-exemption, though many will assume it the work of the devil, I believe that it will be the hand of the Lord to give us our voice back. Having observed the trends of the liberal agenda and generation Z, I have noticed a rapidly growing sentiment against the church’s nonprofit status and an increasing expectation of its eventual removal. The days ahead are uncertain, but this is sure: the church must restore its courage as a prophetic voice!
Abortion is an assault on an appointed generation, just as at the birth of Moses and the birth of the Greater Moses. If these truly are the days when we will see the ending of abortion, a great awakening in America, and the expansion of the kingdom of God to prepare the earth for Jesus, then we must be willing to risk it all. We must be loyal to Scripture at any cost. We must be faithful witnesses even when the world around us tells us to shut our mouths. It’s time for the church in America to be a prophetic voice again. It is our responsibility as watchmen just as the Lord spoke to Ezekiel.
So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. – Ezekiel 33:7-9
I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out. – Luke 19:40