The abrupt and sometimes screeching sounds of the trumpet would definitely wake all that were sleeping. Even though some would put their heads under pillows and others would moan at the startling noise, the job of arousing the sleeping was done. It was my friend who had what we referred to as the privilege to blow the trumpet at “Kids Camp.” He was admired by some and despised by others. One morning I was given permission to go with my friend to blow the morning trumpet where I quickly realized it wasn’t just a fun time, but was a serious job with huge responsibility. If we overslept or were late there could be serious consequences for many people.

Whether it’s a city’s tornado siren or all the way down to a household security system, the sounding of alarms have been strategic in guiding people throughout our society for many years. The scriptures themselves reveal the importance of sounding the trumpet or alarm.

In the book of Joel we read where the prophet says, “Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain!” In the midst of judgment and devastation in the southern kingdom the prophet Joel exhorts Judah not to get side tracked at their current tough situation but to sound the alarm. Gathering the people together to fast and cry out to God. They were moving away from the ways of God and now being called to return back to the Lord.

In the same manner the church is called to be a trumpeter to our generation. It says in Isa 58:1 "Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression.” We have been commissioned to be God’s alarm in the earth.

It’s time to take a stand and blow the trumpet of truth in our land. It doesn’t take a brain scientist to diagnose the deteriorating symptoms in America as the result of self-indulgence and rejecting God’s statutes. We live in a time of history where confusion and immorality run rampant and is becoming the norm. Therefore, it’s time for every believer to get their head out of the sand and be about God’s business. God is calling His people to shout the warning cry and wake up those that have fallen asleep spiritually. We must line up with the Word of God and be a trumpeter. Not shouting our own message but the message of God. Paul exhorts us in 1 Cor 14:8 saying if “…the bugler doesn't sound a clear call, how will the soldiers know they are being called to battle? Our message must not be defiled by our own opinions but reflect God’s Word, keeping the message pure.

We’re called to blow the trumpet in this crucial hour of our society? Why has it become so quiet? We will be held responsible if we do not sound the alarm of the danger at hand. In Ezek 33:6 it let’s you and I know, “if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn't sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible…” God has placed us in the earth as salt to make a difference and to awake those who are wandering off. We are not responsible in how they respond to our message but we will be held responsible if we do not sound the alarm! It’s time to stand up and blow the trumpet loud and clear!

Bill Virgin is a speaker, author of several books and pastor. He and his wife, Laurie, pastor Life Christian Center in Lee's Summit. He has a doctorate of theology and his blog is at www.billvirgin.com.