A couple of days ago, I awoke to Proverbs 3:5, 6 going over and over in my mind. I told my wife that usually means we need to brace ourselves for something significant that is going to happen that will demand we trust God in a greater capacity. It was the morning of the recent election debacle of the Alabama senate race.
That loss was obvious and it did hurt. I was deeply saddened for our nation. It appears that God is not done judging our nation. Isaiah 3 warns men and nations of God’s judgment when our sayings and doings are against Him. The honorable man is set aside as God turns us over to weak, inept, wicked rulers. All of us must make a resolute commitment in the midst of these trying times that “As for me and my house, we will still serve the Lord!”
Right after that, I received a phone call from Pastor Joseph Spurgeon, our OSA leader in Kentucky. He called to let me know that Dan Johnson who we worked with in KY to introduce a bill of abolition wrote a Facebook post that seemed to indicate he was contemplating suicide. Joseph tried to call and I tried to text him to reach out to him, but it was too late. He took his own life.
The loss of the senate race and the loss of this man’s life is related. They both were hounded by the media and both had a long list of accusations against them. I believed Roy Moore was innocent and still do. As far as Dan Johnson is concerned, I did not know him as well. So, I don’t know what may be true or false, distorted or frabicated. Bottom line, he could not handle it and he took his own life.
I’ve experienced a lot of heartache and brokenness in this battle. This was a devastating blow on many different levels. My heart is broken and I grieve for his family.
This battle is not a game. There are real casualties. It is therefore prudent we take more serious the warning of the Apostle Peter. He declared, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8)
In light of this tragedy, I adjure you to cling to the Lord, love one another, bear one another’s burdens, and cover each other’s backs in this battle. Please also pray for Pastor Joseph. He is going to represent OSA to this family. We must stand ready to help this family as their world has just been shattered by the loss of their husband, father, and pastor.
Below on the link is the video I did the morning I woke up with Proverbs 3:5, 6. It deals with the church in the midst of this toxic political environment. If you find any merit, please pass it on to others. Brethren, by God’s grace continue to press on to the high call and prize in Jesus’ name!