As I have already mentioned in our Welcome, we have been actively involved over the past 18 years in a ministry of reconciliation and intercessory prayer here in Ireland. During those years I have been on a journey of researching some aspects of Irish history, and also in more recent years the devastating consequences on other nations, when we exported the negative things in our own culture to theirs.
"They have been inoculated against a true representation of Christ and have therefore rejected Him"
I am convinced that when nations move out into the world to develop for themselves an empire, and in the process, conquer other nations and people groups - and especially if we have done it with a sword in one hand and a Bible in the other, as France, Spain, Portugal and England did in bygone days - it has along with much which is good that they brought, had devastating consequences for those who have been conquered, for generations to come. Not only culturally, but also, as is the case with many Native American Nations, they have been inoculated against a true representation of Christ and have therefore rejected Him and the healing/salvation that He wants to bring to them.
The purpose of this website is to speak into that, with a desire to align myself to the calling God has given to all of us as Christians -
"From now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view... If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God who has reconciled us to Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation..." (2 Corinthians 5: 16-19)
This at times means we need to bravely take a fresh look at Our Story, and if needs be, take off our 'rose tinted spectacles' and put on a fresh pair, to see things from God's perspective. This may also at times be construed by others as us being incredible negative about our own culture. I prefer to see it in a totally opposite and positive way - God loves all the people of Ireland and the United States and sees our full potential in the midst of our brokenness. If we are open to that, God will want us to put the 'plumbline' of His Kingdom principles into the midst of the church and nation, with the purpose of wanting to see His redemptive plans for us fulfilled. We will want to align ourselves to the prayer Jesus taught us to pray -
"Your Kingdom, Your will be done in Ireland and America, as it is in heaven."
So - why this website?
I am currently standing in an uncomfortable place - I have one foot in Ireland and the other on the other side of the Atlantic in the United States of America. This website will reflect something of that, because as I seek to know God's leading for me, He has put both of them on my heart and has also shown me how the two are in part, connected. Primarily, our forefather's both embraced and exported some things from these shores, which continue to have devastating consequences on others - we need to wake up to that reality and in Christ, play a part in their healing.
It will also supplement my first book and the second one in progress, as well as provide links to other websites, books, etc., which I have found to be of value on my journey. I hope also that the blog will give me an opportunity to keep folk up to date with what is currently on my heart as I continue this journey, as well as provide some sort of interaction with them.
Here in Ireland, I want to:
- Provide information for the leadership and members of the main Protestant Churches in Ireland regarding the nature of a massive spiritual battle that we are currently involved in. The leadership of these Churches endorsed this Covenant in 1912 and they strongly encouraged the Protestant people to sign it. We need to understand afresh that by doing this Satan has actually been given power, which he continues to exercise in the realms of Irish politics and the Church. Covenants are legally binding and cross-generational in their effect. Repentance by the current leadership would be of tremendous help in the process of removing Satan's legal right to continue to exercise that power.
- Give insight for the Christians of Ireland (and further afield in the Diaspora, etc) who want to seriously intercede for Ireland. So much of what we pray on a daily basis (and rightly so) is at a 'fruit' level, but I believe that God is calling us to pray into the 'roots'. Jeremiah understood this when he writes, "They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying peace, peace, when there is no peace" (Jeremiah 8:11. RSV). Cessation of violence does not constitute peace!!
In the USA as in Ireland, I have found that a lot of people are ignorant regarding many aspects of their history. Someone has said that, "history is written by the winners." This tends towards us airbrushing out of Our Story the painful things we have done to others. White American history did not begin with the Mayflower landing! The reasons the Puritans and the Scotch-Irish came to North America is connected to centuries of history in Europe - I/you need to try and grasp that. That knowledge and its implications are immense!!
Behind everything I want to communicate, is what I believe to be the heart cry of God,
"I want Ireland, the United States of America and my Church back. You have made many idols in each of these and as a result you are unable to enter into all I have for you - the fulfillment of your destiny and calling as peoples among the nations."
At a wider level, I also want to encourage anyone around the world, who has a heart for intercession, reconciliation or restoration issues, to be open before God to hear Him speak and to guide them in their researching of the historical issues that hinder His purposes for their nation. I want this website to be a part of networking with others to that end.