Friday, August 2, 2013

Are We Failing?

This is something that I've been thinking about for a while, only recently has it expressed itself to me so that I could share it with others.  Here's the thing, do you know who are leading more people to Heaven than anyone else?  Think about it hard.  It's not a great pastor, or evangelist.  It's not some great Christian on TV or the radio.  It's abortion.  You heard me right.  I'm not making a pitch for abortion here.  Don't get me wrong, and I don't want to place the blame on young women who have had to make hard choices with no one around to give them wise advice.  They are hurting too.  Still the facts are these, there are over 3000 abortions performed daily, and that's just in the United States.  To date, worldwide, beginning at January 1st of this year over 24 million abortions have been performed.  And folks, we got another 5 months left in this year.

Children who die without reaching the age of accountability, that is they really don't get right and wrong yet, go to Heaven, simply because they didn't get to make a choice.  The same is true of aborted babies.  Like I said, that doesn't mean we should rush off and endorse abortion.  Abortion has two victims, minimum, the child and the mother.  So rather a call to abortion this is a call for Christians to do what Jesus told them to do, "Go ye into all the world..."

When was the last time you led someone to Christ in prayer?  When was the last time you told someone that Jesus loved them?  When was the last time you proved what you said about Christianity through the love God poured out in your heart?  Before you get irritated with me over these questions let me explain that this is directed at me as well.  Where was I when so and so needed a little encouragement?  Where was I when someone needed to hear about the love of God in Christ?  There have been times when I have spoken out.  There have been those I have prayed with and for, but it seems like so very little.

All of us who are Christian need to be more vocal, living lives pleasing to Him.  We need to surround ourselves in His love so that anyone coming near us will feel that love.  You see, while it's great that God takes care of those who die before their time, before they can make a knowledgeable choice, before they know right from wrong, and many times before they are even born, there is one thing that they are missing.  They do not experience the love of God the way we do.  You see, everyone of us has failed, has done things they don't ever want others to know about, in short, we have all sinned.  It is because we have failed, because we have sinned, that we can understand, at least a little bit, how great God's love is for us

To that end one of my favorite verses of Scripture is Romans 5:8, "For God commendeth His love towards us in this, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."  Did you catch that?  God loves us even though we have sinned.  If we turn to Him He is happy to answer our prayer of repentance and pour out on us His mercy and grace.  This is the message we should be telling everyone around us.  "God loves you.  He loves you so much He sent His Son to die for so that you wouldn't have to die, at least not eternally.  He took all your sin on Himself."  The unborn don't have the chance to be forgiven, but then, maybe that's a better place.

So whenever you think you are doing enough for God remember what He has done for you, and remember that over 3000 kids are going to Heaven without ever hearing about Jesus at the hands of people who may not ever see Heaven.  We need to do more.  We need to love more.  We need to be more like Jesus so others may come to know the fullness of His love.

Getting Things Straight

I get all kinds of emails from Christians around the world. Those I receive from those in the US are disturbing. They talk about how anti-Christian President Obama is and propose various ideas and legislations to bring us back to a Christian society. Hang in there and you'll understand why this is disturbing.

In God's Word King Solomon received this promise from the Lord, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2nd Chronicles 7:14)

That sounds like a map to get us back to where we need to be, but it's only part of the map. We actually have to humble ourselves. We actually have to pray and see the face of God. We actually have to turn from our wicked ways if we want God to "forgive their sin and heal their land."

Now there are many out there that will say, "That's what I'm doing." This is where the other side of the coin is revealed. In the Chronicles and the Kings we have a list of kings from David up until they are led captive in Babylon. Some kings were good, and did what was right. Most did that which was evil. One good king, I believe it was Joash, King of Judah (you see already their evil had spit the nation) ordered the cleaning out of the Temple to make it worthy of the Lord. While they were cleaning out all the garbage, the idols, the things that belonged to other idols, men found the book of the Law. We would know this as the Torah or the books of Moses. They brought it back and read it before the king. Now pay attention. As they were reading this the king tore his clothes and fell (I believe) on his face. The very reading of the Law showed him how evil he was, even though he did that which was right. He ached for the people he ruled over and destroyed all the idols, grinding them into dust. Then he had the books of the Law read before all the people and the priests and Levites cleansed themselves and began to offer up sacrifices for the people.

You may be scratching your head, wondering why I'm bringing up this ancient history. The reason is simple. As long as we try to blame someone else for the troubles we are in we are part of the problem. Until we truly humble ourselves before God, how can we turn from our evil ways? If we do not turn from our evil ways, we, the CHURCH, then our nation will continue to come under the persecution of God. It's not that God likes persecution, but He wants us to come to Him.

Many in our churches are writing their own rules, their own laws. Our hearts have grown hard. While certain people may be doing harm to this nation, they can do no greater harm than we, who call ourselves Christian, and act in ways that do not seek God out or fail to humble ourselves before our Maker. You see, God sets all authorities over us. That means President Obama and all the rest. I'm not saying they are right. I'm saying that God has sent us into our own Babylon by appointing people who would increase the burdens on our back.

Do you see it? Jeremiah prophesied this, as did Isaiah, and a number or others. Are we greater than Israel that God would stand aside for our "democracy"? We are in contempt of His court, and unless we get things right with Him they will only get worse.

The way back is through a veil of tears. Each of us must listen to the law of love that Christ spoke of, and remember that God is Love. How far have we fallen from our first love? What is in store for us if we do not return? These are the things we should be directing our energies to.

Not Political

There are lot of angry people out there following the 2012 election results. While I can understand why they are angry I also realize that anger may be one of the things that is pinning us down in this society.

Fact 1: Just about every news outlet has shown us just how poorly Pres. Barrack Obama has led this nation. He has apologized to people who are our enemies, and have stated that after Israel we are next to be destroyed. This should be scary to say the least.
Fact 2: Obama has driven the country's debt higher than all previous presidents combined.
Fact 3: It is obvious that Obama does not want the people to have the right to make their own decisions. Perhaps the South was right to secede from the Union in 1860. Some people get the idea that the Civil War was about freeing the slaves. While that did become a factor, the real issue was State Sovereignty, and I think they were right in that.
Fact 4: While we have the privilege to vote for the candidate of our choice it is actually God who establishes authorities over us. How God does that is in direct proportion to the way we, as Christians, have, or have not obeyed Him. Currently God has handed us over to a cruel task-master.

So what does all this mean? Why am I bringing this up? I am bringing this up because there are worse things than a president bound to destroy our nation. Many of you may disagree with me on that. It seems to me that as long as you and I regard this nation as the top of our priorities then we will continue to be angry and bitter with our president. This is such a crazy thing to do.

One person shared with me that unforgiveness, bitterness, and anger directed towards anyone, is like wishing they would die and taking the poison ourselves. This is what America is currently doing. We are taking poison in hopes that some other person dies or is incapacitated in their duties, in this case, President Obama.

As Christians we are to forgive, even as Jesus forgave us. Do you think that you, by your own hand, find any goodness in the eyes of God? If you do then you better change your way of thinking. Scripture tells us that there is none righteous, no not one, and that Jesus offered Himself up to die for us that we might be seen righteous through Him. Dare we think any less for the one God has placed over us?

I do not agree with Obama. I believe nearly all his policies are corrupt and seems almost calculated to destroy the United States. And yet I forgive him, with the help of the Holy Spirit. For if I rebel against Obama I am rebelling against God.

The Bible says, "If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, seek My face and turn from their wicked ways then shall I hear from Heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land."

Time is working against us. It flies by like a barn swallow. If we do not repent now, we may never have the chance. The cup of God's wrath is already being filled. People have warped His words to support their own deviant behaviors; anger, drunkenness, sexual lust, and yes homosexuality. These also we must uphold in prayer and forgiveness. I have friends who are homosexuals, but they know my beliefs as well. I don't preach to them, nor do I put them down. People are people.

For instance, the shooting in Connecticut have nothing to do with guns or mental disabilities. It has to do with the presence of evil, and we must realize that this evil exist in all of us. The evil in one may provoke the evil in another. Jesus came into the world for this very purpose, to destroy that evil in us, but He can only do so to those who respond to Him.

While I would normally be writing about the birth of Christ and the miracles that surrounded that birth I believe it is more important to remind you, to remind me, that God is God. I'm not. Therefore I have an obligation to forgive anyone who has slighted me, and that includes the President. In fact, look at your life and pray for every person God has placed over you. Only as we seek His face and repent can we find the healing of God on this nation

Psalm 23