The Grasshopper Complex

Moses sent 12 spies into  Canaan to spy out the land. They went throughout that land and brought back fruit to show the people how prosperous was the land. Nevertheless they brought back an evil report saying, “We came into the land where we were sent, and surely it flows with milk and honey. Here is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people are strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled and very great. Moreover, we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the south, and the Hittites,  Jebusites and Amorites dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and by the coast of Jordan…We are not able to go up against those people; for they are stronger than us…The land through which we have searched eats up its inhabitants; and all the people we saw in it are of great stature. And we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come from the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so were we in their sight. (Numbers 13: 27-29, 31-33)

God promised Israel he would give them the land of Canaan. However, ten of those spies saw those giants and became fearful. They began wondering how they could defeat such a people. They took their eyes off of God and looked at their circumstances. They had a grasshopper complex. They were too small and weak to take on such an enemy. Today, we have a church that considers itself too small and too weak to stand up to the United States government taking away its responsibilities. When will God’s people ever learn that God backs up his promises?

During the last century, the government has made great inroads on what used to be the church’s domain. The government has become the number one charity giver to the poor. The government has become the number one educator of this country’s children. The government has been kicking the church out of the public sector without hardly a whimper from the church. What happened to God’s church? Why have they let this happen? With the decrease of the responsibilities of the church, the U.S. government has grown larger. They have filled the void the church left when it decided to let the government take over the things it was doing when this country was founded. What a mess this has created for us all.

In 1913, a lot of things happened that changed the course of this country. I will not go over what happened then here, but the foundation was laid for the nightmare that we are going through now. The IRS would later come into existence and begin threatening churches with taking away the tax-exempt status it enjoys today (if you can call it enjoyable). The Church became afraid to stand up to anything the government did after this event to protect its status. It showed it valued money more than God’s word by doing this, and even the mighty CBN is afraid to lose this status. Could we say that these churches and organizations are worshipping a false god?

God demands faith. “Without faith, it is impossible to please him.” (Heb. 11: 6) Where is the church’s faith? Where was Israel’s faith? Israel looked, and the church looks today at their circumstances, saying “We are not able to go up against those people (this government); for they are stronger than us.” “I  can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) Notice, the word says, strengthens me.” God gives us the power through Jesus to stand up and overpower a repressive government that has filled the void the church left in the first place. It is time for the Church to stand up. It is time for the Church to stop seeing themselves as grasshoppers. When are they going to do this?

What is the solution? The Church needs to stop letting the IRS dictate what, when or where it can say anything political. It needs to take back our schools and allow our children to pray in them. It needs to search high and low for those in need and let them know there is a God who will meet their need instead of depending on the government. It needs to help educate those in need and help the unemployed find work. It needs to take back what the enemy has stolen.  Jesus preached the Gospel not through words only, but by healing the sick and delivering all that were oppressed by the devil. He did it through a manifestation of power. Note: (If you want your congregations to grow, try adding this to your services and ministries).  Is the Church doing that today? Some are, but most are not. Most do not even believe in the power of God.

Our government is only going to get larger and more oppressive with an absent church. More and more of our rights are going to disappear, and more and more immorality will reign with no check from the Church to stop our fatal moral decline. God has been very patient with us over many decades, but his patience has now run out. Watch what happens these next four years if this nation’s churches do not wake up.

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