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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

    To all my fellow siblings in Christ:

    I have witnessed a growing trend among Christians over the past few years which has concerned me. The onslaught of news articles, emails, TV programs, radio, and all other forms of unmentioned media, by Christians to other Christians which call for “activism”.

     

    Every week it seems I hear more and more about the state of our nation and how Christians need to wake up and “take action”. Boycotts, petitions, phone calls to legislatures, street protests, etc. are being promoted as ways to “take back our country”.

     

    I agree some of these actions are necessary to ensure protection for the innocent and defenseless, but have we taken things too far in the wrong direction? An article I recently read made me stop and think for a while. In the article, a homosexual journalist compared Christians and discussing homosexual issues, to the KKK discussing racial issues.

     

    The article went on about how absurd and hurtful this comparison was, but I got a different feeling. It pains me to know that those who are hurting so badly would rather go anywhere else besides the church to find help, hope, and acceptance.

     

    We might claim that we want to preserve the USA for our children, a very noble desire. However, if we are so much on the warpath that those who need us the most are turned away so quickly, what kind of a legacy is that for our children?

     

    Indeed we must model for our children how to behave towards those who seek to oppress, persecute, and destroy us-namely, continuing to serve and pray for them in humility and love. We are not showing Jesus to others by boycotting stores, and we are not defeating Satan by protesting in public. Both parties seek the hearts and souls of people, which is what our focus should be as well.

     

    It is inconvenient and upsetting to be confronted by blatant sin when passing billboards or watching TV. It is frightening to think of American pastors being jailed for speaking truth.

     

    It is frustrating and worrisome to see the country we love so dearly succumb to peer pressure (both from the inside and out) in the form of policy and ideals. It is extremely disconcerting to see such rampant sin in our fellow countrymen. But let us consider two facts: One, there is nothing new under the sun, and two, we are all sinners.

     

    Let us not despair, but change tactics. History has proved many times over that human hearts cannot be changed through policy, nor is it wise to try. Instead, let us strive to turn the other cheek when persecuted, be compassionate to all who need it (not just those who seek it), and to pray always. Policy cannot change things, but love can and has.

     

    This is not fatalism nor is it a call for apathy or complacency. The world will always find something to blame on Christians. Let's just not give them anything legitimate like book burnings (I refer here more to the "Harry Potter" books than the recent Quaran threat), conspiracy theories, or beligerant email or comments on posts (not refering to this blog, yet). We would do well to remember that no matter what happens, God is in control. 

     

    "Be joyful always; pray continually;   give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thesselonians 5:16-18)

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