FREEDOM: WHY DOES IT LOOK UPSIDE DOWN? Pt. 1 SHOULD THE CHURCH FIGHT FOR FREEDOM?

Forward Thinkers let me issue a disclaimer over the next 3 weeks I’m not concerned about getting the church to shout during this series my goal is to get the church to think and reposition itself back into the role Jesus birthed us into.

Matthew 5:13-16

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[b] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Forward Thinkers the church was born to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world but unfortunately many have lost their saltiness and turned off their lights. Whatever salt touches it leaves a lasting impression and changes the thing it came into contact and you can taste the salt and no matter how dark it is light always has the power to shine through.

Forward Thinkers we must get back in position and be who we were created to be.

Matthew 16:17-19 English Standard Version (ESV)

17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock[a] I will build my church, and the gates of hell[b] shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[c] in heaven.”

Forward Thinkers Jesus is giving the church her first assignment to bind up those things that are causing people to be held back and to loosen those things which will set people free. The church should be a major participate fighting for the freedom of all people especially people who have been bounded up by the things and systems of this world.

Jesus even tells the church while you’re operating in your God given assignment I will not allow you to be defeated.

Forward Thinkers notice in the text Jesus says I will give the church the keys and keys are used to both lock and unlock but keys were never given to be put on display. I’m afraid the church has been doing more displaying than locking and unlocking.

Jesus did not give birth to the church for us to form clicks, religious social clubs, or gathering places of entertainment, we were not created to have church we were birthed to be the church.

Forward Thinkers the church has been given the keys to be the most powerful force in the universe but keys just sitting around looking pretty serves no purpose.

Proverbs 31:8-10Common English Bible (CEB)

8 Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable.[a]

9 Speak out in order to judge with righteousness and to defend the needy and the poor.

Forward Thinkers every Sunday the church has an audience full of people ready to hear from heaven and receive instructions and revelations on how to use their keys. We should be speaking out on behalf of the voiceless and standing up for the rights of the vulnerable. The church should be using her keys to speak truth into power for all people.

Forward Thinkers the church is losing this generation of young people because the church has become too silent outside the four walls of church house comfort. We tell our young people to go to school and learn all they can but when they get to church and have questions to get a better understanding on why the church does this and that we tell them to never question God and that’s just the way it is.

Forward Thinkers we have confused an entire generation on one hand we’ve given them the tools to be the most intelligent generation ever but when we get them to the most powerful place in the world we tell them to turn their brains off and just follow like blind sheep.

That’s not what Jesus did when Jesus got to the temple and people were being mistreated he turned the temple upside down and set things back in order. Today Jesus would be charged with civil disorder.

Mark 11:15New International Version (NIV)

15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves,

Forward Thinkers if America went on trial would she be found guilty of perjury (lying) because she said all men were created equal, she said you are innocent until proven guilty, and she told us she is the land of opportunity but she really meant is I’m all that unless you’re black, brown, or poor. So the church should be the voice for those in America without a voice.

If America is guilty maybe the American church is guilty too because where were we doing the injustice of Philando Castile (3*), Michael Brown (1.5*), Walter Scott (6.5*), Eric Garner (5.9*), Tamir Rice (12 year old-6*) or Sandra Bland (1.9*). Forward Thinkers the * represents the millions of dollars it cost to kill a black person and go home innocent in America.

Forward Thinkers we should be using our church keys to defend the needy and the poor not unlocking bank doors for the greedy. Forward Thinkers the church should not be selfish or scared but the church should be setting standards to set people free.

The church should be using our keys to take people from any form of captivity {spiritual, mental, financial, emotion, sexual, or chemical} and unlocking doors so they will be set Free. Forward Thinkers freedom is not free!!! A price must be paid to be set free and we must be willing to continue paying the cost to stay free.

Isaiah 61:1Common English Bible (CEB)

61 The LORD God’s spirit is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me.

He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release for captives, and liberation for prisoners,

Forward Thinkers Isaiah 61 was so important to Jesus he stated it in Luke 4:17-19 as his earthly mission and vision. I say this every chance I get if it was important to Jesus it should be important to the church Jesus gave birth to.

The church has the keys to be anointed to meet the needs of people in crisis.

Matthew 25:31-40New International Version (NIV)

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Forward Thinkers should the church fight for freedom? Jesus did!!!

Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church located, in both Houston, Texas, and the Woodlands, Texas. Pastor Deckard is also the Co-Founder of the No More Bloodshed Movement. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at pr.ghic@gmail.com, follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Periscope @ Pastor E A Deckard or the church website www.ghic.net