Rebuilding the City- A Final Thought

For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” -Esther 4.14

Though I may return to this idea later, I think I have said what I feel convicted to say for now about the necessity and process for rebuilding the church in America. However, after spending a number of posts going over how we can move towards returning the church to the place where Christ left it, there is one final thought that I would like to share, and this, breaking with the theme of the looking into the post-exilic books of Nehemiah, Ezra, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, comes from the book of Esther.

The key verse from Esther, what so many people know, is Esther’s great declaration of submission in “If I perish, I perish” (4.16). Yet what I want to focus on is the words of Mordecai which led her to make this declaration. Mordecai, speaking as a devout Jew who was supremely concerned with the future of Israel, nevertheless knows that in the face of adversity, God will provide someone to save his people (“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place.”). In like manner I am coming to you guys fully aware that no matter what happens to the church in America, in the end God will raise up his people to deliverance.

That said, the second part of verse 14 is the challenge I meant to lay out here initially in quoting Nehemiah 2.17 (“Then I said to them,’You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.’“), that being “who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” If you are reading these words, please test where the Lord is directing you, where his call is on your heart, and if you feel him leading you to stand up among the church in America, among the body of believers that is beat down and derided in the culture, and call them back to Acts 5.13 status (“None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem“), then by all means do it.

There is no time to be fearful. As has become one of my most favorite verses of late, I call all of you to embrace Hebrews 13.13-14, “Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” The church is waiting, crying out for people to lead it back to greatness in this culture, to being a city on a hill and a light unto the world. Join me and be those leaders!

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