Trumpeting The Gentle Revolution
The hour is late, and darkness is looming. It is time, at long last, for Christians to trumpet a GENTLE REVOLUTION. Not a revolution of guns, bombs, and carnal weapons, but a spiritual, moral, and godly revolution.
“For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle (1 Corinthians 14:8)?”
Biblically, there were many functions associated with the blast of trumpets. They were used to call God’s people to assemble in certain places designated by the Lord. They blasted God’s Jubilee that proclaimed liberty throughout the land (Leviticus 25:9). They called leaders to assemble with the purpose of seeking God for national direction. They were used to prepare God’s people for battle. They sounded to alert God’s people of the proper time to embark on great journeys. They were blown as a cry for God to deliver them from their enemies.
Numbers 10:9 states, “When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies.”
Trumpets signaled important announcements from appointed dignitaries. They were sounded to cease hostilities and usher in peace. They were instruments of praise that were used to inspire the high praises of God. They indicated the call to honor feast days, holy convocations, solemn assemblies, and official times of fasting. They blew to warn God’s people of danger or even divine judgment in their midst. At Mount Sinai, the blast of trumpets prepared for the unveiling of the Ten Commandments.
Hebrews 12:18-21 declares:
For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. (For they could not endure what was commanded: “And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.” And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”)
In the New Testament, heavenly trumpets blasted to prepare the way for powerful eschatological events. The Apostle John received much of the Revelation after the heavenly trumpets sounded. This list is not exhaustive, but it provides a cursory view of the importance of trumpets as defined by God’s Word.
The Apostle Paul, in our opening Scripture, teaches the critical nature of correctly handling the trumpet and the sound it produces. I’m not an expert, but it seems to me that with all the purposes associated with the trumpet, it is vital to give a clear, distinct sound. The length of the blast, the cadence, and other nuances were vital to lead God’s people to follow the Lord’s directives.
If the sound was uncertain, however, the message could become garbled, murky, and confusing. This would have a devastating effect upon God’s people. They would inevitably become paralyzed, neutralized, and incapacitated to follow the Lord in humble obedience. Recent decades of church history could attest to this dilemma. Especially, in times that tend to try the church with overwhelming pressure to succumb and be conformed to the Spirit of the Age.
Case in point is the homosexual agenda. It appears sodomites have captured the sword of civil government to do their bidding against the church. Christians who hold to the Bible’s teaching concerning sexual immorality are now being persecuted. Our nation is making a conscious decision to deny Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech to Christians in order to promote that which God considers an abomination.
As licentiousness amongst American citizens and the acquisition of power by our civil government steadily increases, it is important to ascertain the condition of the Lord’s trumpet in the pulpits of America. First of all, is the trumpet even being sounded today? In times past, the pulpits in America blew God’s trumpet (Proclamation of God’s Word) loud and clear.
Alexis De Tocqueville, French historian, came to America to discover our blessedness. He looked for the greatness of America in our harbors and rivers, fertile fields, boundless forests, mines and other natural resources. He studied America’s schools, Congress, and our matchless Constitution without comprehending America’s power. Not, until he went into the churches of America and heard pulpits “aflame with righteousness” did he understand the secret of our genius and strength. De Tocqueville returned to France and wrote: “America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
We need to trumpet a Gentle Revolution in our day by means of pulpits fanning the flames of righteousness once again. We must remember, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Isaiah the prophet declared, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins (Isaiah 58:1).” Unfortunately, if men of God did this today, they would be considered not Christ-like.
Perhaps, many do not have a clue what Christ is truly like. Read the Gospels, but first take off your American Gospel Enterprise glasses before you do. Maybe, the true Jesus will expose the counterfeit. The Apostle Paul warned of “another gospel,” “another Jesus,” and a “different spirit” (Galatians 1:6, 7; 2 Corinthians 11:4). It is these counterfeits that are blowing the uncertain sound that keeps much of the church weak in the battle for the souls of men, the lives of children, and the future of our nation.
If there is a faint blast sounding from a pulpit here and there, is it clear and distinct? Does it rally, mobilize, and call God’s people to be like the children of Issachar who knew the times and knew what God’s people should do in the midst of our troubling times (1 Chronicles 12:32). Where is the prophetic call to reform our ways and doings before God (Jeremiah 23:22)? Who will arise to apply God’s tourniquet to stop the hemorrhaging of the bloodlust and perversion that threatens our national security? Who has the courage to pour salt into the deadly wounds of our moral rot? Do we perceive our sins have reached heaven and that we are vulnerable to God’s increasing judgments? Can we not discern the onslaught of our enemies from without and the wicked agenda foisted upon us from foes within our own national household?
Charles Finney had this to say to the churchmen of his era. Keep in mind that the evil of his day was slavery. Finney stated:
Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.
Certainly the time demands that a clarion call go forth from the pulpits of America in the hopes it will resonate amongst the people. Men of God need to place the trumpet of the Lord to their mouths and sound the alarm. Our message needs to recapture the church to be God’s instrument of reform, renewal, restoration, and reconciliation if our nation is to recover.
The church must regain her prophetic voice. We must break out of our self-imposed, spiritual ghettos and reenter the public square. We must engage in the marketplace of ideas with the claims of Christ and the truth of God’s Word. We must rise to provide moral guidance and help tenderize our national conscience that has been seared by our national sins, such as abortion, homosexuality, and other idolatrous abominations.
In short, it is time to trumpet a GENTLE REVOLUTION. Not a revolution of guns, bombs, and carnal weapons, but a spiritual, moral, and godly revolution. To help define what I’m advocating, it would be prudent for the church to take a lesson from the turbulent times associated with the 1960s. It was this decade that produced a major paradigm shift that rejected America’s godly heritage in exchange for the brutal darkness of paganism that ill-affects us to this day.
There is no question that the radicals of the sixties perceived some hypocrisy enshrined within the hallowed institutions of America, such as the family, the church, the state, and our educational systems. They struggled with certain aspects of the gates of our land that they believed didn’t ring true. Whether they were true in their assessments or not, I’ll let others decide. One thing is sure, instead of being young reformers that worked to restore these important pillars of our nation, they simply rebelled and trashed them. The treacherous course they blazed now sets the agenda that makes our nation vulnerable in the midst of this dangerous, fallen world.
The sixties generation created a rebellious sub-culture that eventually became the corrupt establishment that we contend with today. Our nation, through their ungodly influence, now finds itself in the pathetic state described by Isaiah the prophet. He declared:
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (Isaiah 5:20-23)!
This is why if one seeks to be a rebel today, one must live a godly life. The mores of our nation are in direct conflict with the Commandments of God. In the midst of this darkness, God calls his people to live out Romans 12:1, 2, which states:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
We need this generation of Christians to arise and trumpet a Gentle Revolution. If we fail, I cringe to think of the alternative that awaits our nation. We can no longer remain silent, indifferent, and inactive as our nation is ripe for judgment. May we repent and give God a reason to show mercy in Jesus’ name!