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Awaken The Sleeping Giant

By imjohnnykelley, April 13, 2011

Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was a part of the military in Japan during World War II. Yamamoto believed that Japan could not win a protracted war with the United States. He even seemed to believe that the Pearl Harbor attack was a blunder — even though he was the person who came up with the idea of a surprise attack. He had a famous quote after his attack on Pearl Harbor, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Yamamoto realized something before it even happened. Even to this day America is a relatively young nation, but he knew that they were a force to be feared if united. After that day, America did something that hasn’t been seen since. We became one. The attacks on 9-11 did something similar, but not nearly to the same scale. After Pearl Harbor, every steel company, car industry, and manufacturing plant in America decided to do whatever it took to help our country win WWII. They quit making cars, steel girders, and sewing machines, and instead started making guns, ships, and ammo. The nation united together to do whatever they could to see our military succeed. What is even crazier was what happened when they put aside their own well being and decided to work towards the common goal. Unemployment in our nation dropped drastically. The average worker started making more money. All in all, our nation flourished because of the united cause.

This blog is not about war, or Japan, or politics. I want to say that right away. It is about how the church can change the world. I hate that I have to put disclaimers on everything, but I will give one more before I start. When I speak of the church, I am speaking of the church that Jesus talks about in Matthew.

You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out. Matthew 16:18 Message

It is us. Not a building, or a denomination. It is the people that say they unite under the banner of Jesus and His teaching in the bible. I feel like the church in America today is like the USA the day before Pearl Harbor, December 6, 1941. We all say that we are working toward the same goals, but in reality we have our own enterprise and ideals that we want to see flourish. Of course we want to see the world come to know this same grace and love that we feel. But never at the expense of what WE have created. So today, I want to call out to all true Christians out there. What if we decided to put aside some of our differences. What if we quit arguing or competing over theological superiority. What if we really decided to be united despite our different opinions on the Holy Spirit, or once saved always saved, or baptism. I see incredible things happening everyday from these separate, single celled ministries. What if we forgot for one moment about what we want to happen, and decided to do what God wants to happen. Imagine the whole body of Christ working together to see the world changed. Not looking for a way to benefit, or one up the other guy, but truly ignoring our goals for the goals of Christ.

The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them. Acts 4:32-33 Message

Not only would we see the world changed overnight, but we would all have that same grace that we started with. On top of that, I believe that we would see the things that we have spent so much time working towards prosper too.

Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 Message

It is time church to “Awaken The Sleeping Giant”.
peace – love – recycle

One Comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good stuff… I only fear that much like America, the day before Pearl Harbor, the church has no force pushing us forward. No driving cause that takes precedence over all our own agendas. You said, “What if we forgot for one moment about what we want to happen, and decided to do what God wants to happen.” The problem is that Christians THINK they’re already doing that but all have very different ideas about what God actually wants to happen. I’ve heard Christians say things like, “What’s the point in giving someone a drink of water if you don’t tell them about Jesus too?” Their priority is solely on “conversion”. Others say, “no one will listen to you until you meet their need” and really their priority is social change. The Bible has balance. The Gospel of love understands that you cannot have one without the other. My point is that we, the church, don’t even agree on what is important enough to unite us. My prayer is that God will propel us with a force. As unpleasant the though of a spiritual “Pearl Harbor” may be… it could be the only thing that wakes this giant. Be careful when you ask for an awakening. It’s a violent thing. But OH, how we need it.

What do you think?

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