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Bricks & Swords: Every Pastor on the Wall


Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.
Nehemiah 4:17, NKJV

Like Nehemiah, our job as pastors involves building – the building of people. Pastors love people. We want to see men come to know Christ as Savior. We want to see hearts healed, marriages restored and families thriving. That’s why much of our daily routine is characterized by “bricks and mortar.” Like Nehemiah, we have a clear mandate to rebuild the lives of the people under our care.

But we can also learn another valuable lesson from our friend, Nehemiah. When his mission came under attack (4:7-8), he didn’t continue with business as usual. He shifted his strategy. While he continued with a brick in one hand, he added a sword in the other hand. When their lives and liberties were under assault, they grabbed a weapon and protected themselves. You see, swords are not for building; they are for killing. After all, what good is your church or family if you no longer possess the liberty to enjoy them?

There is hardly a day that passes where we read a headline of yet another trampling of our religious liberties. Businessmen and women are being fined for exercising their faith in public. Pastors are being threatened with fines and even imprisonment for declaring God’s truth about the moral issues of our day. Yet in the face of the most aggressive assault on our religious liberties in our lifetimes, the typical pastor is still making bricks and building walls when he should be looking for his sword.

We have been called to pick up “the sword of the spirit which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17) and to STAND against every ungodly thought or political agenda that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5). While we love people, we must hate the ungodly ideas that work to enslave and destroy people.

This is why I am inviting pastors and the people they love and lead to join us this Saturday, November 22 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm on the south steps of the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis for and event we are calling The Stand. We will be making a public and prophetic declaration of our unyielding and uncompromising commitment to stand for the sanctity of life, the dignity of marriage and the gift of religious liberty.

It’s time to find your sword before your freedoms are gone.

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