Jesus was blunt: “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). He added: “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you” (v. 20). In this light, Christ followers should be more surprised when we do not face opposition for our faith than when we do. Much of the America Church has fallen in love with itself and the world. There own little clubhouse.
I serve Jesus, I do not work to please this evil world. I do not play that game.
I am in the fourth quarter of my life, I do not have the years I wish I had to make more of a difference in the world for my LORD! I am just a simple man, with an open heart for all people led by my LORD to show His love and care. I have a passion for JESUS and all people. I am not popular at all in this world because I will Speak Up! Stand Up! As the Holy Spirit Leads!
I am thankful that more people are starting to see the needs for Christians to get to work and be THE CHURCH! I have peaching this until I am blue in the face!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am not a popular man, because I stand against sleeping Christians and sleeping ‘do little sit more’ Churches! Time to stop playing Church and BE THE CHURCH!!!!!!! Time is urgent! Souls are at stake!
Jesus made it so very simple for us, He put all His commands in the Bible, but it is like much of the American Church has rewritten the Bible for their social clubs. The America Church loves seeing itself on big screens and smoke and music and a high school pep rally type atmosphere! They love their own kingdoms! Where are the people in wheelchairs? Where are the disabled? Where are the mentally disables folks? Where are the poor, Where are the hungry, where are the children? Where are the homeless? Where are the drug addicts? Where are the gangsters? OH! OH! Your not part of our club! All this party time while souls are going to hell!
I beleive that when Jesus come back, He is going to turn over tables in many Churches!
The greatest failure of the America Church today is that it is not carrying out THE GREAT COMMISSION! This will go done in history as one of the greatest failures in Church history!
Watchmen on the wall
Yesterday we looked at our nation through the prism of Hosea 4, identifying ways the sins of ancient Israel are being practiced and even celebrated in our secularized culture today. As a result, I noted, the divine judgment Israel experienced is one we are presumptuous not to fear for our country.
America’s Christians therefore have a vital and urgent task. We are watchmen on the wall, warning those inside the city of impending danger (Ezekiel 3:17–21). We are intercessors called to represent our people before God (1 Timothy 2:1–2) and ambassadors called to represent God before our people (2 Corinthians 5:20). We are the only salt and light in a world decaying in the dark (Matthew 5:13–16). We are the body of Christ, the visible manifestation of Jesus’ continuing ministry in our day (1 Corinthians 12:27).
To fulfill our calling, we must make the three commitments I described above.
First, know God more.
The more we know him, the more we love him. And the more we love him, the more we will want to know him. We must love him with our heart, soul, mind, and strength before we can fully love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:30–31).
Second, see the critical urgency of the moment.
Life, from conception to natural death, is under assault today. The so-called Equality Act is just one way religious liberties are under unprecedented attack. Biblical morality is widely dismissed as irrelevant if not rejected as dangerous. A rising ideology seeks to replace religion with secularism.
Third, pay the price to respond.
Jesus was blunt: “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). He added: “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you” (v. 20). In this light, Christ followers should be more surprised when we do not face opposition for our faith than when we do.
“Tell the storm how big God is”
We’ll close with an optimistic word of hope.
At a time when God’s people faced not just cultural opposition but the threat of genocidal extermination, Mordecai told Queen Esther, “If you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place” (Esther 4:13). In his new book You Were Made for This Moment (excerpted on our website), Max Lucado writes: “Relief will come! This was Mordecai’s message for Esther. And this is God’s message for you.”
Max encourages us: “Don’t measure the height of the mountain. Ponder the power of the One who made it. Don’t tell God how big your storm is. Tell the storm how big God is. Your problem is not that your problem is so big, but that your view of God is too small.”
So, “the next time you feel the weight of the world, talk to the One who made the world. As your perception of God grows greater, the size of your challenge grows smaller. . . Relief will come. Your Father will give you strength to meet the day.”
Why is this promise relevant for you today?
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Dr. Jim Denison is the CVO of Denison Forum
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