WHEN A MAYOR AND AN EVANGELIST TEAM UP TO IMPACT A CITY
By Mario Murillo
John Dukes, Mayor of Yuba City, and I are bound by different covenants. It is his job to faithfully execute his oath of office. It is my job to obey a heavenly vision. We are both servants of God and where our callings meet is in the genuine desire to help Yuba City.
In this current time of national division, it takes courage for any civic leader to declare that the Gospel holds the greatest hope for a community. John has stood before the crowd night after night to declare his belief in miracles and the power of the Gospel to make a city better.
At no time does he try to divide or abuse his authority as mayor. He is building a consensus among various groups for the good of the city. To him, this is a logical part of that goal.
He recognizes, as I do, the fever in government today to silence the benefit of faith in the fight against addiction and crime. We believe it is time for government to let God work in our nation. It is insane to ignore the power of God to handle our deepest crisis as a nation.
He and I are taking a bold step of faith. We are teaming up to prove what Jesus can do for a city. It is our prayer that the results will be so undeniable that it will help remove the stigma of religion and silence those who hate God in our government.
But the lesson here is not just for anti-God politicians, it is also for Christians. For reasons that are too numerous to list, many Christians have been afraid to show the power of God to society.
There is a deliberate attempt in these meetings to eschew emotionalism without losing fervor. We want Jesus to overshadow the method so that people will see miracles in plain view. We get out of God’s way so that He could demonstrate His love and power in a way that main street will admit…something real is happening…it is the key to our children’s future and our way of life.
We are not here to colonize Yuba City. We are here to be a helping hand to the downtrodden and forgotten among us. We have no agenda, just a Savior. We are to go about doing good deeds.
Healing is one of those good deeds. A piercing example of this is Peter before the Sanhedrin, after the paralyzed man was healed at the gate, Beautiful. Acts 4:8, “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ‘Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.’”
Teaming up for the good of a city is a wonderful thing. It has already produced important results. We believe that the best is yet to come. Please pray for Living Proof Yuba City!
P.S. We are gearing up for a fresh outreach to Yuba City. The tent is gone but the fire still burns brightly. Get ready for the next phase of this miracle of God. We will be announcing the next series of Living Proof Yuba City very soon.