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Friday, September 23, 2011

What Are We Waiting For?

When I do my morning routine, which includes a devotional, reading in the Old Testament (I read in the New Testament in the evenings), checking my E-mails, checking my WebSite and Blog stats and comments, then checking out Twitter, I end up by reading new posts by UCN (Urban Christian News).  It's very rare that I don't find in UCN a new post about how the aclu or freedom from religion or naacp or some other group is protesting a gathering of Christians or a prayer meeting or the fact that some kid in the second grade bowed their head and silently saying grace for their lunch.  I've noticed a very disturbing trend here, and that lead to me doing a little research that led to something even more disturbing.  Did you know that in the last ten years or so that quite a few GOD centered public events, annual events for churches that had been going on every year for a long time, have been cancelled?  It's not that they were cancelled that bothers me, it's the reason why the events are no longer held.  Would it bother you to find out that they were taken off of the agenda because the church leaders were worried about offending someone and getting reported to one of these groups that deny GOD?  Would it bother you to hear that trying to stay in compliance with all of the newer laws and statutes prohibiting Christianity is deemed to be too much of a problem by a lot of church administrations?  But, this isn't the heart of the matter for me, the trend I had noticed that bothered me.  The main issue here is that it seems like as soon as someone even begins to think about holding some kind of Christian event, these groupies of satan are all over it.  They are sending letters to everyone except GOD ordering them to cease and desist.  It's okay for schools to teach the things that satan worshippers hold dear, like that homosexuality and sex (use protection and it's okay) outside of marriage are okay, that stuff is covered under the freedom of speech deal.  So then, here's the big question, "Why do we stand around, just waiting for the devils minions to order us to cancel holding church altogether?"  Don't think that the day won't come that it happens.  Hey, don't believe me, READ YOUR BIBLES!  In the meantime, while it's still legal to hold church services, why do we just wait for the next foot to fall?  Is this Scriptural?  Was JESUS spending all of HIS time cowering in fear of the devil?  I don't read my Bible that way.  It seems to me that HE spent all of HIS time on the offensive.  HE met those in league with satan more than halfway, HE took the battle to them.  Now I want to clarify something here, and that is my frequent references to those who I identify as being followers of satan, and in league with satan.  I just want there to be no mistake about who I'm talking about here.  Give me just a minute here, I want to word this as simply as I can so that there is no misunderstandings about who I feel is following satan and doing his work............. Okay, I've got it.  Anybody who is not a follower of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is a follower of satan.  If a person is not working for CHRIST against satan then you are working for satan against GOD, and that makes you a follower of satan.  I know that some will say something [inspired by the devil] like, "But it's just not that simple."  Sure it is, it is just that simple, JESUS said it, just that simply.

'No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve GOD and mammon.'  (Luke 16:13    NKJV)

How much simpler does it have to be said?  Contrary to what some may think, I'm not out to vilify anyone, except those who serve satan.  That is what JESUS did, HE didn't pull any punches.  HE didn't go around trying to dodge situations in which HE knew people would get upset, and that led to anger, and that led to murder.  HE bled HIS blood so that we can stand up and say, "Hey, I'm a Christian, and I have not only the right, but the obligation as well, to stand up anywhere at any time and worship my LORD!"  I know what's coming next, and that is the argument that we should 'obey every ordinance of man.'  No argument on that point.  But let's also keep in mind just who we belong to, who we were bought by and for at a price.

'They said to HIM, "Cesar's."  And HE said to them, "Render therefore to Cesar the things that are Cesar's, and to GOD the things that are GOD's."'

Cesar, and we have to understand that Cesar is figuratively representative of the world, including politicians and leaders, didn't die for my sins.  He didn't shed a single drop of blood in my behalf.  Everything about me belongs to GOD, including my responsibilities to '...go forth and evangelize the world.'

So, what are we waiting for?  Let's get some extreme proactivity going on here. Let's remember that old [secular] saying about there being three kinds of people in this world.  First, you have people who make things happen, then you have people who watch things happen, and finally, you have people who wonder what just happened. CHRIST made things happen, HE didn't sit and watch, and HE never wondered about what had happened.  What kind of CHRISTIAN are you? Do you sit on the sidelines watching?  Do you sit on the back row, wondering what was happening?  Or, are you right out front, in the midst of the action, taking the battle right to satan and his followers?  Are you the 'right in your face satan' kind of Christian?  Don't get me wrong, it's a lot easier, and safer, to just sit quietly in a corner.  Where does that put you with the LORD though?  Are you going to be one of those that HE tells, "I never knew you" on that fateful day? 

What are you afraid of, being killed for serving GOD and going to heaven?

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