Would we be lost? Would we be doomed?
That's right...it's the political season again. That time in life that circles around every four years or so where we all just want a "do over." We are simply sick and tired of being sick and tired of all the hoopla and rhetoric of how the next guy or gal will FIX ALL THAT IS BROKEN and MAKE ALL THINGS BETTER.
Listen. Not a single candidate ON THIS PLANET CAN FIX THE MESS WE ARE IN. NO ONE. THE ONLY ONE THAT COULD – HAS ALREADY BEEN HERE!
And He's already given us EVERYTHING - all the instruction and power we need.
Here’s the TRUTH. WE WOULD NOT BE LOST OR DOOMED! He has left behind - EVERYTHING WE NEED to continue His work and ministry UNTIL He returns. He’s left His Word with us – His examples with us – AND - His Teachings with us. He has given us each very unique GIFTS and Instructions as to HOW to MASTER them – AND – He has GIVEN US THE HOLY SPIRIT to embolden and empower us in whatever we take on!
And here’s what I believe. GOD IS IN CONTROL. There IS a reason why our nation and the world is in the state it’s in. AND WHATEVER HE HAS PLANNED – TO ONCE AGAIN CAUSE US AND THE WORLD TO SEEK HIS FACE – IT WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED – regardless of how much I try to insert myself into the battle to make it better or attempt to correct the course.
But knowing this fact DOES NOT let you or me off the hook to fulfill OUR PURPOSE. Just because we know God will indeed shake this nation to its very core to get us on humble footing once again – doesn't mean we can sit back and watch or take a wait and hide stance. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. He is expecting each and every one of us WHO CAN SEE HIM WORKING – to SURRENDER TO THE CALL - RISE TO THE OCCASION - SOUND THE ALARM - STIR THE FAITHFUL – ENGAGE OUR GIFTS - DEPLOY THE MIGHTY – JOIN THE FIGHT - and – STEP INTO FULFILLING OUR DESTINY!
We are CALLED to be ANGRY and SIN NOT. ARE WE NOT - CALLED TO BE IMITATORS OF CHRIST? But what does this mean? Is it all about “turning the other cheek” and submission? If so, why were we given Ephesians 6:10-17, which speaks of taking up the FULL ARMOR OF GOD?
“Finally, be STRONG in the Lord, and in the STRENGTH of His might. Put on the full armor of God, THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO STAND FIRM AGAINST the SCHEMES of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of darkness, against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to RESIST in the evil day, and having done EVERYTHING, TO STAND FIRM.
Jesus wept. This is true. Jesus prayed. He preached, he healed, he showed compassion, and he spoke of things to come. He dispensed HOPE to the hopeless…I could go on and on…
BUT he ALSO - EXPOSED, CALLED OUT and REBUKED – bad behavior, hypocrisy and corrupt men. He CALLED OUT, EXPOSED and REBUKED - both the Pharisees and Sadducees for their corrupt and perverse doctrines. He also turned over tables in the Synagogue and called out the hypocrites publicly condemning both the Pharisees and Sadducees as a “brood of vipers” -(a family of snakes) [Matthew 3:7]. That was quite a bold accusation from John the Baptist – and one that Jesus repeated to the Pharisees in Matthew 12:34.
When John the Baptist and Jesus called the Pharisees a “brood of vipers,” they were pointing out that these men were deceitful, dangerous, and wicked – deceitful in that they were hypocrites (Matthew 23:15); dangerous in that they were blind leaders of the blind (Matthew 15:14); and wicked in that their hearts were full of murder (John 8:37).
Here we see both sides of the coin – something I’ve “coined” - The ‘Currency of Christ.’ Two faces with multiple purposes. On one side of the coin – BE ANGRY. On the other – SIN NOT. On one side – an obvious RALLY CRY to ACTION - And on the other side – instruction, compassion and the fruits of the Spirit.
I suggest we set the bar a bit higher. It’s time to go on OFFENSE. It’s time we take a BOLDER STANCE for what we believe in. I for one think it’s time to COWBOY UP and to demand more from ourselves. TOGETHER – we can continue to "dwell in the land and cultivate Faithfulness." TOGETHER - we can hold our candidates and elected officers to task.
This in my humble opinion is currency well spent and something that GOD stands ready and willing to BLESS.
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