Pastor Don Wolan

Pastor Donald Wolan
Downriver Christian Community Church
Melvindale, Michigan

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Go To Jail, Go Directly To Jail!

I'm sure everyone is familiar with the all-time popular game of Monopoly. Remember how fun it was to "take" everyone's money and buy their properties at pennies on the dollar when they were close to being out of money?  Or how about buying and placing home and hotels on Baltic Avenue or one of the other "worthless" pieces of property you bought when the game began? The good old days of board games and the countless fun hours we spent actually doing something with others...instead of sitting behind a computer all day, texting on our phones, or playing with our iPads or Kindles!

One of the most frustrating things about playing Monopoly was losing turns and money if sent to jail! While others were racing around the board buying property and collecting money, you languished in jail until you threw doubles with the dice on one of your next three turns. There was an exception to the rule with a Get Out of Jail Free card. Do something wrong - don't worry about going directly to jail - you have a get out of jail "card" in hand.

Just recently, I was stunned when I saw a current headline on one of the popular website news pages. The title of the article was "Dozens of Americans Jailed for Praying in front of the White House." I could not believe it. People actually were just praying in front of the White House when they were arrested? At first, I thought it must have been an unruly Muslim mob "praying" for the head of a movie maker who had offended the prophet Mohammad or left-wing "Christians" "praying" and protesting some "righteous" cause like U.S. disarmament or showing their continued support for "pro-choice" lawmakers and judges. Usually these types of "prayer meetings" get out of hand.


However, I was surprised and wrong about this prayer meeting. These people just were kneeling, holding signs and praying quietly for the protection of our religious freedom. They were not even threatening anyone or screaming inaudible religious slogans. The hubris, audacity, and self-righteousness of this group in trying to act more respectful and civilized than all the other groups that protest! Who did they think they were by the way? Who would even want to stand up - or kneel in their case - for religious freedom when everybody "knows" it is guaranteed by the first amendment in the Bill of Rights!

These six people peacefully protested the Obama administration’s mandate requiring employers to provide contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-producing drugs by kneeling in prayer in front of the White House, and they quickly were arrested and whisked away by U.S. Park police, according to World Net Daily. Watch the accompanying video to see the "resistance" and "disturbances" that they engaged in while protesting. I think the accompanying sound was purposely deleted because of the obscene language being used by the protesters. I think I could read the lips of one of the protesters telling a police officer God bless you!

With the advent of the presidential election upon us and the continual imposition of a secular worldview on our culture and children, we must be like the men of Issachar who understood the perilous times they lived in and knew what course of action they should take. Undaunted by what lay in front of them, they trusted God, the rightness of their cause, and the commitment of their brothers to overcome every obstacle that impeded their path toward godly change. Walking by faith and not by sight, we are called to fight the good fight of faith with the strength that God provides and subdue the unrighteous and immoral thinking and behavior that now dominates our country's collective mindset. There is a way that seems right unto man, but the end is destruction. Unless God's people live out what they believe passionately and sincerely - and not cower under threats, fines, imprisonments and even death - we will have forfeited our callings and duty and face a bleak future run by cruel and contemptible men.

Let us not leave to our children a country void of common sense, religious rights or a Godly inheritance, but let us pray unceasingly and fight for God's justice, freedom, and liberty for all. If, however, that horrible time does come - like the game of Monopoly - there will be those who control the all the money, property, and rules while the rest of us languish in jail for crimes against their "just" society. And trust me on this one, when and if that should happen, there will be no get out of jail card in that game!


I hear the train a coming
it's rolling round the bend
and I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when,
I'm stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps dragging on
but that train keeps a rolling on down to San Antone

When I was just a baby my mama told me. Son,
always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns.
But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die
now every time I hear that whistle I hang my head and cry..

I bet there's rich folks eating in a fancy dining car
they're probably drinking coffee and smoking big cigars.
Well I know I had it coming, I know I can't be free
but those people keep a moving
and that's what tortures me...

Well if they'd free me from this prison,
if that railroad train was mine
I bet I'd move it just a little further down the line
far from Folsom Prison-is where I long to stay
and I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away

Stay Holy, My Friends!

Pastor Don

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