The Value of Vigilance: Hariette Petersen

March 4, 2014

by Hariette Petersen
Hariette blogs HERE

“He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24.

A friend recently questioned my reasons for engaging the various battles in life when it all seemed so “pointless.”

I understood her frustration. I’m the woman who wonders about all the battles when faced with monumental opposition at every turn: 

~ when legislators refuse to hear bills and judges overturn the public’s votes;

~ when school systems ignore the voices of parents and students;

~ when corruption destroys the efforts of hard work;

~ when society rebukes the Word of God and bashes Christians for faithfully standing upon it despite extreme personal losses — materially and emotionally;

~ when another baby is aborted and tossed in the trash; and,

~ when a Christian stands for truth and is knocked down by worldly opinion.

If it’s pointless for people to stand against abortion, then the abortion rate would still be rising, not falling. Those who are pro-life would be losing ground, but they are gaining it: 87 abortion clinics in the U.S. closed in 2013.

“The total number of surgical abortion clinics left in the U.S. is now 582. This represents an impressive 12% net decrease in surgical abortion clinics in 2013 alone, and a 73% drop from a high in 1991 of 2,176.” says Operation Rescue/here in a LifeNews.com report.

If our battle saves one life and changes one mind for the rights of the unborn, then we’ve made one point. It’s not pointless. There’s reason for praise. People are waking up.

I’ve often wondered why so many Planned Parenthood offices are located in minority neighborhoods, where desperation and hopelessness abounds. Could it be an ideological reflection of PP’s founder, the genocidal racist Margaret Sanger?

Recognizing Sanger’s ideology, many people also recognize that Black Americans are the target for the majority of abortions in America, and they are speaking out. Former Congressman Allen West calls it ethnic cleansing, and cites that in 2012 in New York City there were 56,000 pregnancies among black women, and 31,000 ended in abortion. (Read West’s outrage here.)

If we don’t battle for the rights or our children, then who will? Of course we’d like to see results; that’s the point in every battle– to win, to gain ground. But sometimes we gain ground by standing our ground.

The culture of decadence and sinfulness is eating the soul of our society. America is deteriorating at a rapid pace; immorality is the cancerous tumor that’s spreading through every niche and node. We will forever be at war with the powers of darkness which seek to silence Christians in every single portion of their lives. Bit-by-bit, religious freedom is suppressed and shackled. More preachers are handing out sugar pills of tolerance to treat the sin which can only be removed by the Great Physician. We can sit down in the waiting rooms of life and let it all happen, or we can stand together and battle it. Even when it seems pointless to do so.

We cannot fight all the battles, and we can never do enough. But we’re not called to eat the whole elephant– just to do what we each can with our one vote, two ears, two eyes and ten fingers. The rest we leave to God.

 

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Max

“More preachers are handing out sugar pills of tolerance to treat the sin which can only be removed by the Great Physician. We can sit down in the waiting rooms of life and let it all happen, or we can stand together and battle it.”

And everybody said Amen (or should have)! Both pulpit and pew have grown strangely silent and prayerless as a wave of moral decay sweeps through America. Much of Christendom has lost a crucial battle – the battle of the mind. Christians not in their “right” mind aren’t much use on the battlefield. A sovereign God expects his children to be engaged in the war … to do something … and He will join them there. To do nothing, to stand on the sidelines, is a sure sign that the church has entered the final age called apostasy. Will our pulpits shout a rally cry? Will God’s people pray? “IF My People … THEN Will I.”

    Norm Miller

    Right on, Max.
    One observation: How can the guilty point an accusing finger?
    The frog in the kettle is just about boiled, now.

      Max

      “accusing finger”

      Those who have an ear to hear are called to discern and “judge” the church. Were the prophets “judgmental” or on target? It’s a tough balance to hit … “accusing” with righteous judgment vs. just being an accuser of the brethren. Too much talk these days about being on the wrong side of history (re: temporal tolerance) … not enough talk about being on the wrong side of judgment (re: eternal judgment). The organized church could use some prophets pointing a bony, accusing finger (oh wait, I’m a Southern Baptist – I’m supposed to believe the last of the prophets died in the first century). Well, then, God give us 21st century watchmen with a clarion call!!

        Norm Miller

        My point is we don’t have a prophetic voice b/c we have none — or so precious few — whose lives are clean enough before the Lord to bear an effective prophetic message. E.g., a glutton cannot preach against gluttony. And why is there a Rolex on the wrist of the hand that points a prophetic finger during a sermon on materialism?

          Max

          Yes, I understood and we are in agreement brother. And while God still looks for a man, so many of our old pastors are wearing gold choker chains and a multitude of young pastors are being swept up in one movement after another. Who will rise to the challenge? Who will surrender really? I have to believe that God is preparing a voice in the wilderness and that we will hear it soon. How much worse can it get?!

            hariette petersen

            Max… preach it. the stones are crying out. I had to stay home from church on Sunday due to inflammatory bronchitis and asthma. most of what I do for the LORD is done behind a monitor.. and I promise you, I will not be silent. I will go wherever there are people to read the Words and view the photos and see the warnings of Christ. The Lord reigns… and we are His ambassadors wherever we are. I listened today to a video where Phil Robertson witnessed to a man who called him to get a duck call and was using the LORD’s name in vein every other phrase. He didn’t just ignore it, he confronted it–(in love and caring). We have a venue the LORD has allowed and we need to use it to the greatest of our ability. Phil took an order for a duck call, and the call of the LORD on his life and turned that into a witness and led that man to the LORD. This is where we ALL are. Praying the LORD makes us all more sensitive to His Spirit and to those around us… may we put Him first in our thoughts so as to make a difference for His glory and not our own. selahV

          Max

          “… we don’t have a prophetic voice …”

          Yep, a non-prophet ministry … a 501-C which doesn’t see.

            hariette petersen

            Max… we have to get beyond what others are not doing and do what we each can do. whatever that is and wherever it is. Praying for an awakening in our country… our churches, our homes. May God rock this nation. we are HIS ambassadors… HIS… we do not need the status of a 501-C to enslave us. we need boldness… I want to be a volcanic eruption… no more sparks. selahV

              Max

              Agreed Hariette. Praise God for the Church within the church which heeds that challenge and becomes immersed in His business. The greatest need of the hour is to hear God and move with boldness in word and action. While I long for corporate revival, I am now focused on personal revival in my life – to be an overcomer, not to be overcome, as I merge deeper into the call on my life. Thank you for your stand – erupt sister!

Stephen R. Jones

Thank you, Hariette, for this timely message. And it is encouraging to hear the news of a lower abortion rate, and closed abortion clinics. In recent months I have heard often that we have lost the culture war (or as Norm said “the frog is … boiled”). I have to agree, but the abortion battle is not over as long as babies are being killed and “tossed in the trash”.

    hariette petersen

    Thanks Stephen, it’s amazing the attacks that come our way as we struggle to get the word out and share Jesus and the Truth with the world. truly is. my website host has had all kinds of problems since I’ve been writing about religious discrimination in the country. so….. keep praying

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