John 8:36 "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Wow…this week started off with a wonderful worship service that motivated me and caused me to think about my life. I know other folks, who would have benefited from that service, but this is not about them, it is about me.
In recent days, the controversy over whether we should support a local restaurant (Chick-Fil-A) that stands for the family unit as God designed it, and adheres to biblical values that this nation was established upon, has come into play. Those who disagree with their position may call it unjust and or politically incorrect. The enemy has twisted the message and made it a hate crime, implying it is about an "us and them" dispute, when frankly it is about God's Word. The CEO of the famous restaurant chain stood for what God calls holy. It matters not to the opposition that the constitution of this country states the same thing. Folks who are offended must not be loyal citizens, or they would think twice about their outburst---or would they? My answer to myself is a resounding “No!”
If being a Christian means that I am supposed to reservedly, and apprehensively, sit quietly beside the sidelines and silently root on our brothers and sisters so as not to create controversy or hurt someone’s feelings, then I want nothing to do with it. Call me brazen, blunt, boldface or whatever, but I will be in the frontlines today, as I have in the past days, and you will see me there tomorrow too. If you read scripture, plenty of followers of Christ, including Jesus himself wound up offending others with the truth. The truth does hurt when you are living a lie.
Last week, I met a lovely young lady as she served my friends and me at a local restaurant. I simply asked her if I could pray for her about anything. She said, “I’ll be right back.”
Upon returning, she squatted down next to me and whispered, “I am an ex-con of two months and I used drugs, and I have been clean, but I had a nightmare last night that I went back to prison. Will you please pray for me? When you asked if you could pray for me, my heart started beating so fast.”
Friends, if I would have sat there quietly, I might never have been able to reach out to that lovely young girl who needed Jesus so desperately.
I have had my fill of the “silent witness” attitudes that believers have strapped their personal convictions to. I am so glad that Jesus’ disciples were not silent witnesses, but obediently went out to speak the truth and to stand upon the Word of God. I rejoice that the man who preached boldly about the blood of Christ and his resurrection to me as a teenager, did not hide his Christianity under a bushel, but shared the Gospel Message that eventually led me to eternal life! Not one Christian today came to know the Lord through a silent witness, and it is ludicrous to think otherwise! Romans 10:17 says “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the WORD of God.” How will others hear if we never say anything beloved?
If you are standing free in Christ, then expect persecution, name calling, adversity and any other tool the enemy can conjure up to prevent you from fighting for what is honorable, holy, and true. You can make a decision to Stand Free or live the life of a Gutless Wonder. As for me and my house--the decision has been made. By the way--our crew will be at Chick-Fil-A this week on August 1st, mainly because I agree with standing up with those who stand up for Godly principles. If more people did, our country might not be as divided as it is today.
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