In 1987, the late iconic singer, songwriter and pop artist known as Prince, released and album called, "Sign o' the Times.” In this epic genre of songs, Prince concludes this prolific album with a song entitled, “The Cross.”Through research and to the amazement of many individuals in religious sects, this song was one of Prince’s most controversial because “The Cross” is a powerfully direct expression of Prince stating his true beliefs regarding the Christian Faith. In this song, Prince implores listeners not to die without knowing that salvation can only come through Jesus Christ! It’s a song with one eye on a corrupt, materialistic world filled with sin, yet laced with lyrics that speak of Christ’s return and with it, the redemption of all mankind.
Conversely, we too, must acknowledge the sign of the times. In Orlando, Florida the nation sustained yet another sign of the times. American born male, Omar Mateen, age 29, opened fire on over 300 people in a gay night club. Of this number, 49 were killed and 53 sustained serious injury. A city known for frequent vacation travel, amusement parks, peacefulness and relaxation has abruptly been awakened by the senseless mayhem and treachery of a person hell bent on destruction. In the Book of Revelation 18, it gives us a clear picture that wickedness, false prophets, sin, murder mayhem, “un-natural affection,” and senseless violence will be signs that we are living in the last days. We should all pay close attention to these acts of “demoniac” influence and let them serve notice to us that God is not pleased with the state of this world.
So, what is the solution you ask? How do we combat the “Sign of the Times?” Well, more police and law enforcement is not the answer. Increasing gun control is not the sole solution. Increasing the ban on illegal immigrants and more legislation to heighten immigration reform is not the answer. Church, even candle light vigils, balloon releases, flowers and wonderful songs being sang can only dull the sensation of the pain and problems that we all face. These are temporary band-aids to sinful cuts that need stitching and healing. They all pale in comparison to what we really need and that is, “Prayer!”
In as much as we observe the tear-jerking moments of disarray in the eyes of those affected by these events, we are in prayer for the family and friends of victims who experienced such a great tragedy in Orlando. However, we must become increasingly aware that this is only the beginning of more to come. But, make no mistake there is a solution to all of this. We as believers don’t have to take a clueless stance and walk in ignorance regarding the true remedy for our vile state of being. The Word of God has stated in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then we will hear from heaven, God will forgive the sin and there will be healing in the land.”
We must take a bold stance and remain exceedingly prayerful in the midst of these world issues both foreign and domestic. We as a church and a body of believers should approach each day with a sense of urgency regarding living for Christ, living within the Will of God, serving in ministry and loving one another as Christ has instructed. So, let It be said that New Life Bible Fellowship Church and its members will become more intentionally diligent and focused on prayer both publicly and privately. For sincere prayer, fasting and obedience to Christ’s commands will be our weapons of choice to make it during these “Signs of the Times!”
Yours In Christ,
IMPACTING LIVES FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST!