“And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30, English Standard Version).

stand-in-the-gapThe Bible provides many examples where individual men, or small groups of men, took the initiative to “stand in the gap” and save the people, though the nation was immersed in sinful behavior. In the passage from Ezekiel, no one was found, and the following verse describes the result: “Therefore I [God] have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I have returned their way upon their heads…”

However, not every instance in scripture results in failure. There are plenty of examples where men rose up, stood for truth, and led the people back to God, and back to prosperity.  Psalms 106 relates the story of the Israelites worshiping the Golden Calf, invoking God’s wrath, which would have destroyed them, “had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them” (v. 23).

Sometimes the effect is total, and the entire nation is saved. Other times, only a remnant is protected from the outpouring of wrath. Regardless, the faithful are provided an avenue for salvation, thanks to those brave men who make the decision to stand in the gap, imploring God to withhold his punishment, leading the people back to the proper path.

Today is such a time. Currently, approximately one million abortions are performed in the United States annually. Over the past two decades, over 20,000 American public officials were convicted of corruption, with another 5,000 awaiting trial for such activities. Homosexuality is not only tolerated, but celebrated and encouraged. The rule of law is quickly becoming a memory, as those who work hard are penalized, in order to support a growing underclass that produces nothing for society. Christianity is in decline in the United States, with fewer people identifying as members of any church.

While these statistics and facts are focused on the United States, they are true of all of Western Christendom. In fact, things are markedly worse in Europe, Australia, and the other nations normally considered as part of “The West.”  Our people, as a whole, have rejected God and often proclaim willful sin to be “good.” The reality is that we are at a tipping point. Never has God continued to bless a people who continually turn their backs to Him, ignore His guiding Word, and gleefully leap into intentional sin. If things do not change, then his wrath will be poured out upon us.

Enter the Men of the West. Following the example of the Prophet Isaiah, each of us, individually and collectively, boldly proclaim, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6: 8).  We choose to answer the call to stand in the gap for our people.

No longer will we sit idly by, watching our society decline, without raising our voice and devoting our lives to leading our people back to God and his Word. We refuse to coddle the weak-willed who deign to “lead” us, as they have failed us miserably.

In clear language, our call is to our fellow Westerners, those who should be strong followers of Christ, but have fallen along the wayside. Men shall be men, nothing more and nothing less. They must take their place at the head of the family and lead. They must take pride in their work, providing support for those under their care.  Women must assume their proper role, as helpmeets to their men. Egalitarianism is a satanic lie and we reject it.

Abortion, homosexuality, governmental abuse, and other such abominations must be recognized for what they are – evil. We fight against these and all evil, giving glory to God, recognizing that he uses imperfect vessels to accomplish His desires.

As such, we recognize that none of us are perfect, either. Yet we willingly align ourselves with the One who is perfect in every way. We strive to follow His lead because we “know that for those who love God, all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Some day, every knee will bow to the Lord Jesus. Our hope is that our culture will be full of those who do so willingly. The path we currently follow will not result in that end. For that reason, we declare our intentions to stand in the gap, and lead our people back to the truth. To paraphrase the Prophet Jeremiah, there is in our hearts, as it were, a burning fire shut up in our bones, and we are weary with holding it in, and we cannot (Cf. Jeremiah 20:9).