Are you a Watchman?
By: Winston Howard
Greetings So Fyh readers, I had taken a hiatus but now I’m back with a renewed fervor. Now, let me not take tarry in what I have for you. I want to talk to you about being a Watchman. Ezekiel 33:1-6 states,
“And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and set him for their watchman;
3 if, when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;
4 then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning, if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him; whereas if he had taken warning, he would have delivered his soul.
6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned, and the sword come, and take any person from among them; he is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.” (ASV)
I am encouraged while at the same time, disenchanted by this passage of scripture. Disenchanted because as we’ve experienced over the past month, the fiasco known as “Chicken with a side of Hate,” and the ignorant perception people have of what the Bible supposed to stand for. Some people only know one thing, “that God is Love” and that’s true, and they will never question that. But if you also tell people that God is a jealous God, hating sin and everything it stands for and will impart his judgment upon those who commit these sins without reconciling with Him, those same people will then ask…Why? I’m also encouraged that after a 1962 ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court which banned prayer from schools, and after the First Amendment rights implied the separation of Church and State, that there was somebody big enough, bold enough and financially stable enough to say and stand by What sayeth the Lord (besides the little old lady on the street corner of Navy Rd. and Church Rd. in Millington ). It’s time we take a stand. It’s time we become watchmen.
If there’s any one person who should be connected to God is the “so-called” Christian…right? Well, how do you define being a Christian? That question along can take on many different answers, but in a simpler answer, it’s the person who loves his neighbor as himself. I am on the notion that you love your neighbor by witnessing to him/her the good news of the Bible. If you and your neighbor are on the same page, then you and your neighbor should witness to the next neighbor and so on.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said that he wanted people to say that “he tried to clothe the naked, he tried to feed the hungry, he tried to visit the prisoners, he tried to love and serve humanity.” Yes, Dr. King was right, we are rewarded for trying, that my friend is what a watchman does, he tries.
In the Ezekiel passage, the watchman see danger coming and is supposed to sound the alarm that it is near so the people can prepare to protect themselves. This is how our spiritual life should be. We, who are Christians see the signs, we’ve read the scriptures and we believe the end days are near, so we should want to sound the alarm to as many of our neighbors as possible. We should want all the people we know and love to have a relationship with God so that if they are consumed, then we can take comfort in knowing they are with the Lord.
But it we just sit and watch the calamity happen and feel we are safe because sit high in the watchtower and do nothing…then it is our neighbors blood that God will require at the watchman’s hand. Bottom line, if you see your family members, friends, colleagues, neighbors spiraling out of control, you have an obligation as the Watchman to sound the trumpet.
Deacon Winston Howard, Jr.