Is There Anyone Who Will Stand In The Gap?
Patricia L. Dickson
I have recently run across Christian articles presumably outlining ways to not be Biblically offensive. These articles run the gamut from basically how to be more politically correct when teaching what the Bible teaches about the homosexual lifestyle to insinuating that Christians becoming pacifist. Is there really a way to not be Biblically offensive? Can the whole counsel of God be preached without offending someone? Are we Christians supposed to even be concerned about the Bible being offensive to unbelievers? The Bible teaches us that all have sinned; therefore the bible (the unadulterated word of God) can’t help but be offensive to the sinful man. I am not advocating that believers use the bible as sword to cut up people’s spirit or as a means to win arguments. Nonetheless, we are not to shy away from teaching God’s word in fear of offending someone especially during such a time as this when the world desperately needs saving. Hebrews 4:12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the [g]breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
Witnessing today’s persistent moral decaying, it appears the current times are worse than the days of Noah. Any Christian can read scriptures and discern that we are living in the end times. However; no matter how evil this world becomes, God always calls someone to proclaim His word loud and clear. God will never allow mankind to be destroyed and descend into hell without giving every opportunity for his salvation. He sent Jonah to warn Nineveh. He sent Ezekiel to warn Israel. God loves man! God loves us so much that He gives us the freedom to choose life (salvation) or death (sin and destruction). Deuteronomy 30:15, 19  See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil.  I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live.
Surely the heart of God bleeds as He sees the destruction that man has caused and is causing, just like in the days of Noah. I am afraid though, that God has noticed that our churches are filled with people, yet the destruction continues and He is seeking someone to sound the alarm and stand in the gap before He renders His judgment on this world just like in Ezekiel 22:30  And I sought a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. Are you willing to stand in the gap? God does not look for the individuals who are physically strong, attractive or one who possess great oratory skills. God does not need one to be strong in his/her own strength. God equips and sends the one who is willing to go! Are you willing to go? God chose ordinary individuals like Gideon, Deborah, David, Esther, Moses, Isiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Jonah. Surely God wants to use each and every believer in these end times, regardless of our or weaknesses and faults. When God calls on some of us, we respond like Gideon, Moses and Isiah. Judges 6:15  Gideon said to Him, Oh Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Behold, my clan is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. Isiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts! Exodus 4:10  And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not eloquent or a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and have a heavy and awkward tongue.
How much longer are we believers going to stand on the sidelines and wait for someone else to go? You may be thinking that you cannot preach God’s word unless your pastor sends you. We do not need man’s authority to preach and teach God’s word. Every believer has been given the power through the Holy Spirit and called to preach salvation to the lost. Mark 16:15 And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole [e]human race].We must use whatever gift that God has given us as a tool to evangelize. I have discovered that one does not need a church pulpit or a large following. People (regardless of their social economic status) are seeking spiritual answers to their problems. Every believer has the answer that money cannot buy. All of us can reach one person at a time, whether it is a neighbor, co-worker or stranger in a store. If not you, then who? If not now, then when? We must say to God, “Lord here am I, use me, send me”. Will you stand in the gap?