Bottom Line - June 2016
A letter from Stan Bower to the businessmen in the St. Louis region:
Watchman - a noun which Webster defines as “one who keeps watch; guard”. In days of old, there were watchmen on the towers to guard castles as well as the gates of Jerusalem.
Walt Henrichsen, the man who discipled me in the book of Romans, is also the author of two powerful devotionals. In his devotional titled, Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man, Day 150 refers to “The Double Edge of Responsibility” as is described in Ezekiel 33:6 – ‘But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes, and takes any one of them; that man is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’ Ezekiel 33:6 Walt asserts, “The believer who knows that God will judge the sinner and fails to alert the lost (or the “unconvinced”) of His impending judgment; that believer God will judge because of his neglect, but those who die outside of Christ will not be pardoned because of the failure of this negligent believer; they will be judged and condemned.” Walter A. Henrichsen
Whether I am a watchman or the man taken away in iniquity, I am responsible to speak the truth. As I observe the changing culture, it is clear that something is wrong in our nation and in the world. If I see something that is clearly off the mark from a Biblical perspective, I must speak. There is much I must ponder at this stage of my life. I believe I do see our nation being warned by God to repent of many things. If men do not listen to the still, small voice of the Lord, then He will send storms into the life of a nation or an individual. Do not ignore the erratic weather in America today, do not ignore the changes taking place in our government, and do not ignore ISIS. The sword has already struck the root of the tree. May our hearts, ears and minds be open to signs which are all about us.
“Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” II Timothy 2:7
Watching at the gate,
Stanley A. Bower