The watchman were to be those who warned the people of impending danger. They were people set up by God to speak on His behalf. They were to bring the warning to God's people as they saw the enemy approaching.
If we were to translate this into today's religious world, we would call these watchman Christian leaders. They are not only the pastors in the land, but they would be any Christian leader who has a communication gift and ministry. These leaders have been called by God to be a voice of conscience that reminds the people of what God's word teaches. The prophet Micah says that the day of the watchman will become a day of judgment because of the confusion the watchman have caused. Watchman are never to be confused, they need to know what the enemy looks like, talks like, and acts like, so they can to respond by sending a warning to the people. I write this today because I am afraid we are failing to either allow the watchman to do their job, or the watchman have neglected to do their job. In either case, the job of watchman is in great peril today, because most watchman have been compromised. Again, Jesus reminded His audience that the last days would be days like those in Noah's day, when the people in the land were totally unaware of what was coming next.
Today the Bible has become a secondary reference book for many Christian people. Many of these Christians are conservatives who will watch the Fox News commentators before they will read their Bibles. Christians want to be informed, and they want to know how to respond to the government over reach into their lives. Take for example the story out yesterday on how another terrorist group wants to eliminate all Christians from their land.
This kind of a tragedy is happening all over the Middle East and in parts of Africa today, and Christians in the West are asking questions. Overall, we hear little from our government and almost nothing from most watchman in the the church. Are these just isolated cases, or is there a Jihad against all Christians? The watchman are not warning, so what does that say to all Christians, not just those affected by these murders? Will Christians have to compromise their faith and become Muslims in these areas if they want to live? What does this Jihad mean in the West? Who is watching our backs, are the watchman awake and on the job? In the West, the statement made in Micah may have some significance. The watchman have not prepared the people, they have avoided the obvious Biblical injunction to watch and to pray, which means keep informed, and pray. Don't just watch Fox news, ask your preacher for insights, and teaching on how the Church in the West can help their brothers and sisters in these Jihad nations? If our own watchman are not engaged, will we be as guilty as they are by not reacting, and not praying?
Lets not forget, lest we forget, we are not far from open hostility in America toward Christians who will stand their ground in defending the truth. It may be just a matter of time before we are not allow to speak openly about issues that affect our freedom of religion. Watchman, where are you?
Keeping it honest and truthful...K