John Reid Ministries
|Posted on December 29, 2020 at 11:05 AM||comments (20)|
The Next Civil War
The year 2020 has been full of surprises. At this juncture, one can ponder what is next on the horizon. Anyone saying that 2020 would give us a 20/20 vision to see what’s in store spiritually is probably hiding under a rock right now.
Given the significant divides in our country and culture it appears likely we are headed for a collision course with repercussions like never in our country. Recent surveys have indicated that 1 In 3 Americans believes another civil war Is coming. One question to ponder is did the first one ever come to an end.
Can you believe we’re talking about Civil War in the year 2020? The perfect storm is brewing as I ink this blog. It’s absolutely mind-boggling to think that, with the technological advances and social progression of the past 160 years, the term “civil war” would come up in ANY modern-day conversation about the United States of America.
Ironically, this is where we are. This has been brewing for years now and in this blog, I will outline four key areas of conflict in our culture today.
Racial Tension Continues to Brew
Despite the election and presidency of Barrack Obama, American is still a two-race country. While we praise the accomplishments of Civil Rights movement in America and the work of Martin Luther King, laws cannot change the hearts of a nation. I personally believe this all came to a head with the tragic shooting death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in 2012.
The shooting was built up by the media as a racial hate crime by a white man (which George Zimmerman wasn’t) against an innocent black child (which Martin, according to his social media posts, wasn’t). This marked the commencement of the medias role in exploiting these incidents in the future.
Since this occurred there have been a number of police involved shootings and killing of unarmed black men and women including Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rashard Brooks, Daniel Prude, etc. Somehow, these issues get spun into a “black vs. white” thing. The vast majority of white people sympathize with the black community when this happens, and everyone wants change. However, it’s not just the racial tensions that are creating thoughts of civil war—it’s the political divide that’s creating such havoc.
The Great Political Divide
While there was a divide in the election of 2008 it is in no way comparable to what’s happening in our nation now. The political ideologies of Right and Left are further divided than they’ve been in the past 160 years, with both sides failing to see the other’s point of view on anything. Regardless, the American experiment is TRULY being tested, and the chasm between Left and Right, Liberals and Conservatives grows bigger every day.
So, when the Rasmussen Report polled Americans on the current situation, the last question was the one that got the most attention. It read, “How likely is it that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?” And the answers to this poll was astounding with 34% of people polled believe that America will experience a second civil war by 2025.
The Growing Threat of Violence in Our Cites
Our cities are burning as we speak; however, these are not the riots of the past but have involved anarchist groups such as Antifa and far right militia groups. This is a frightening insight into the climate of our country now.
When divided by party, 40% of Republicans and 28% of Democrats said a second civil war was “on the horizon” – with 38% of non-affiliated polled saying they see a high probability of disruptions during the next election. We have witnessed violence like never before with police being attacked in their vehicles, efforts to defund the police and first responders shot on site as they arrive to render aid.
We are divided Blue and Red, Liberal and Conservative, Black and White, Gay and Straight and on and on. And it seems like America is heading down a dangerous path.
The Great Church Divide
As a black conservative, I have served in ministry for over 45 years of my life. I have survived the civil rights protests, being arrested in the 70s and witnessed the Great Revival moves of God of the 70’s. Yet, now there are churches, denominations and ministers who disagree politically and have even separated because of their political choices. There is a severe divide in the church between the white evangelicals and black Protestants.
With the election looming in merely a few weeks there are rumblings and repercussions regarding potential unrest regarding the outcome regardless of how wins. Hopefully, this is something that we can get THROUGH together. Maybe it will be something that we can use to make our country even stronger and we can truly become the United States of America.
As I close this blog let us remember the Words of our Lord, “John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.” Let’s stand in agreement with the Word as we pray for our nation’s plight.
It’s time for a spiritual awakening in our country. As for me, regardless of the outcome, whoever is elected will be my president, I will pray for them as the scripture instructs us.
This is the Voice of the Overseer
|Posted on April 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM||comments (11)|
Just when you thought the world could get no crazier with the redefinition of marriage, now we are having a bathroom debate.
I firmly believe that common sense is enduring a slow and painful death. At first it sounded like a bad joke but the decision to protect clergy and businesses from the perversion of our culture laws are being debated.
My friend I have problems coming to grips with the idea of my granddaughter going to the restroom only to find a hairy man with a dress and a wig on in the next stall. Hollywood, the NFL and other companies are all crying alarm to what they refer to as laws that discriminate against the homosexual community. I believe it is time to draw the line in the sand, enough is enough!
Excuse me, but our identity is not in your feelings but your biology. I can't believe there is actually a need to say this, but many on the Left are living in their own invented reality and they are demanding that we live in it too. The reason we've always had separate bathrooms is because of biological sexual differences, not because of feelings or "gender identity."
How could this possibly be controversial? Are we to risk the safety of millions of women and children in public restrooms because an extremely small number of people are experiencing a mismatch between their psychology and their biology? Good public policy does not risk the physical safety of women and children so an extreme few have a preference for a different bathroom.
These new laws simply say that people will use public bathrooms that align with their biological sex as found on their birth certificate. During this upcoming election it's time for Christians to truly vote their convictions and get us out of the Twilight Zone!
Is this what America is coming to – men fighting over their “right” to use the lady’s restroom, shower with girls, enter the female dressing room, and homosexuals insisting the government be used as a hammer to force a baker to bake a cake for a gay ceremony? Preachers being jailed for preaching the gospel or refusing to perform marriage ceremonials that are contrary to Biblical principles or their belief’s?
As a former civil rights advocate in the 60’s I will not sit on the sidelines and allow liberal media and establishment politicians to distort matters of public policy. It’s time for the church to the stand for righteousness and the fight against progressive liberalism or be rolled over by LGBT agenda. Which will you choose?
Wake up church, the coffee is burning!
|Posted on January 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM||comments (2)|
We are at War
Just a couple of weeks ago the world was rocked once again by Islamic radicals. As France now joins in the battle with Russia, the United States and others that are part of this coalition the key to winning any war is to know and understand your enemy. Although our government will not admit this is a war, it is really a battle of ideology. Beloved you can never defeat an ideology with bombs and tanks.
Although we left the nation of Iraq in the hands of their government they have to desire the type of government we have paid for with the precious blood of our soldiers and Marines. “It’s not going to go away, because we have to understand the ideology of those who are committing what we call acts of terror.” In their minds they are fulfilling the will of god and their desire to have establish a true Islamic State, in actuality “They want to establish a caliphate.”
“When you get down to it, there is a deep hatred for Christianity and Judaism.” Europe as we know it is virtually a secular state spiritually. Many of the churches have closed and there is little evidence of true Christianity present especially in their governments. We are seeing the Bible come to life right before our eyes.
The book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament shows the similarities between modern events and prophecy. In Ezekiel 38, the prophecy writes of two lands known as Gog and Magog. The prophecy is that these countries will join others, including Persia, to storm into Israel. While there isn’t anything certain that identifies the modern version of Gog, many biblical scholars hold the view that Magog is Russia. Persia is modern day Iran. So, a prophecy that links Russia with Iran is causing chatter among the faithful because of the unusual collaboration between the two countries in defeating the Islamic State and Syria rebels in Syria.
Some biblical experts also state that prophesies in Isaiah 17:1-3 and Jeremiah 49:23-27 indicates that Damascus, the capital of Syria, will be destroyed and left in a “heap of ruins.” “Wait a second, Bible student, pay attention. There’s a scenario in the book of Ezekiel 37, 38, and 39 that talks about the massive force to the north of Israel marching on her and the force is identified as Magog.” Most prophecy teachers and experts believe that Magog is modern-day Russia one of the allies that marches with Magog is Persia.”
We must pay attention to scripture that compares the last days to the days of Noah. The main point we must notice is that no one will be expecting Christ to return just as no one believed Noah when he talked of a coming flood. We are facing the most biblically illiterate culture in modern history.
Ready or not Jesus is coming back.