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Friday, February 22, 2013

Thrown Out and Trampled—Are You Ready?

Many Christians live in a fantasy world, leaving the Great Commission unfulfilled.

I saw that in action yesterday and it broke my heart.salt

Many have written off America. From what I can gather, many Christians have decided that movies and television shows have moved past our sphere of influence.

This is what happened: A friend called for a boycott of NBC and the sponsors of SNL after a skit ridiculed our Lord and Savior. Many simply declined to get involved. Some people actively discouraged the boycott. A number of people said they didn’t watch the show anyway.

I have never watched Saturday Night Live, and, yet, I joined the boycott. Why? Although I may not watch, others do! Should we sit quietly by and let our Savior’s name be dragged through the mud? Should we allow these depictions of Christianity continue to corrupt the minds of the viewers?

Here’s a question: What if it were a family member being thus portrayed? Would you feel the need to speak up?

We are to be in the world so that we may be the salt of the world. Have we lost our saltiness? Are we about to be thrown out because our salt has lost its saltiness, to be trampled underfoot?

I will not get into all the ways America is being attacked today—I think we all know.

Yet, why do some Christians continue to be silent? Is it because some may believe Jesus is returning and the end is near?

The Bible teaches that no one knows the hour of His return.

And when are we ever told to quit being salt?

A friend last night gave this illustration of the way some Christians behave—

A man enters your home uninvited. In his hand he holds a knife. He proceeds to tie up your children while you simply stand by and watch.

The thinking of some Christians (if they held true to the way they think of America) would be this:

1. I can’t judge the man. Perhaps he has a good reason for wielding a knife and breaking into my home. Maybe he’s hungry. I need to offer him a meal.

2. God will intervene. The man will fall dead from a heart attack at any moment.

3. I’m to love him. Let me go give him a hug.

4. I’ll pray and everything will be okay.

Correct thinking would be more along these lines:

1. The man has a knife. He entered without my permission. God has given me discernment of right and wrong. This man is up to no good.

2. God gave me the strength and courage to defend my children. I will defend them to the death.

3. I’m to love him even though he is my enemy. What he is doing is wrong. I will subdue him because I love my children, but also so he and others will know that his behavior is wrong. Allowing others to sin is not love. Tolerance of evil is not love.

4. I’ll pray for the man, and thank God that he allowed me to protect my family.

Apply that to our country:

1. Men are destroying our constitutional rights. God has given us discernment to know our country is headed in the wrong direction.

2. God gave me the strength and courage to defend my country. I will defend her to my death.

3. I’m to love the enemy that now stands at the gate. I love my children and grandchildren. I do not want to leave my country in shambles. Because I love my enemy, I will stop him so he will know his behavior is not in line with God’s will.

4. I will pray for my country, and thank God I had the courage to stand up and fight.

Specifically, what can we do?

We can contact our congressmen and demand spending be cut, call for tax reform, and a repeal of Obamacare that will bankrupt our country.

We can boycott sponsors and makers of porn-like entertainment on our TVs and in the movies.

We can use our influence to stop the erosion of our religious freedom. We can demand that prayer be returned to school. Teachers can pray publically in defiance of this unjust law.

We can offer services and love to women who are pregnant and see abortion as an only option. We can campaign against abortion every chance we get.

We have a voice and should not be afraid to use it.

We’ve all heard this quote:

First they came for the communist,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the socialist,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionist,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me. ~Martin Niemöller

We could change it to this:

First they took prayer from schools, and I didn’t speak out, because we are to turn the other cheek.

Then they legalized abortion, and I remained silent and prayed.

Then they removed all mention of Christianity from all public places, but that meant Jesus was coming soon so I again remained silent.

Then they took away more constitutional rights, and I kept silent, thinking God will intervene--forgetting that God chooses to work through his people.

And my children and grandchildren will now reap the whirlwind.

It is not too late. We can speak up now! We can turn back to God now!

And who knows but that you are here with a voice for such a time as this? (as Mordecai said to Esther)

Unless we are ready to see our country destroyed, we cannot keep silent any longer. What do you choose to do today?

As for me and my household, we choose to be the salt!

3 comments:

  1. Awe-some post! That's a great illustration from your friend. Thanks for sharing this! Bless you!

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! It was a perfect illustration!

      Bless you, also.

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  2. Good points, Sheila. We need to remember there is a difference between showing Christian love of our neighbors (and enemies) and using that as an excuse for apathy. We know what Jesus said about the apathetic believer....

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