Just five verses into his story, Jonah is sound asleep below deck, aboard a ship imperiled by a brutal storm. The terrified captain races below, stunned to find Jonah asleep in so critical a moment. He wakes Jonah demanding: “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your God! Maybe he will take notice of us, and we will not perish.” [Jonah 1:6]

Get this: it was not a follower of Yahweh who stirred Jonah from slumber— calling him to take action with God lest the community they’d become be plunged to ruin.

Look around you. Isn’t the community outside your church caught in a destructive tempest? In my observation, an ethical, spiritual, economic, and relational hurricane is threatening to destroy the fabric of American society. We saw it on display through the summer as riots and looting destroyed sections of some of our finest cities. Now political animus seems committed to pull our society apart.

This same storm is buffeting the Christian faith—driving it to the very edges of the culture.

–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

 

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