Most of us in our daily routines pass by our neighborhood school with little notice, unless we are required to slow down because children are present at a school crossing, in which case, we wait patiently while a school crossing guard helps the children across the street safely. We expect our town to do everything it can to guard our children physically from harm. But, who keeps our children from spiritual harm?
In Genesis 4:19, Cain asks God is he his brother’s keeper. The Hebrew word for keep is “shamar.” Cain was to “shamar” his brother, which means he was to guard, to keep, to be a watchman over his brother. We can be all those things physically to the children in our schools, but it takes a special person to “shamar” children from spiritual harm. This person is what I call, a Shamar Prophet, someone who is tuned into what the Spirit is saying, not just about individuals who would spiritually harm our children but also to those who would physically harm them. The Shamar Prophet reaches into the realm of the Spirit and speaks words that create a safe place for a child (or children). A Shamar Prophet is not simply someone who is concerned for the children in our educational system, but someone with a Godly Spiritual awareness who will boldly take a stand against injustice, ungodliness, spiritual abuse, physical abuse, and mental abuse. This person knows by the Spirit what is not only wrong at the moment, but also what is wrong for the future.
A great example came recently in a news article. A group of mothers raised their voices in opposition to Houston Public Library’s “Drag Queen Story Hour.” The majority of the children who attended this event were preschoolers. Once the mothers found that some of the “readers” were convicted sex offenders, they rallied in prayer and protest. On March 15, 2019, the Houston Library announced it would discontinue the “Drag Queen Story Hour.” These moms were the Shamar Prophets who guarded the hearts and minds of the children.
The cultural Mountain of Education is a huge force in this nation, and for the most part belongs to the world’s system of thinking, called humanism. To liken humanism to a fortress built around the mountain, might be a good example. It will not come down by natural means, but only by the Spirit of God. This is not a job for one church or denomination, because Shamar Prophets sit, often hidden, in every church and in every denomination. They know the power of God and how to exercise their authority to bring down strongholds. Now is the time to pray and call them to come forward for the task at hand. They are needed at this time in the history of our nation to confront the evils in the cultural Mountain of Education.
Zechariah 4: 6-7 “So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. “What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground….”
Would you pray with me that God would begin to speak to Prophetic Believers who will operate in the office of a Shamar Prophet in their homes, schools, and offices? They will hold up righteousness and will properly address unrighteousness.