There is a newer rendition
of the old American proverb: “Some days you get chicken and other days you get feathers.”The newer rendition states:“Some days you are the bug,
other days you’re the windshield.”
Within the Christian
community abides a gnawing fear that Christians are fast becoming the bug of the newer proverb.This fear is exemplified in the sales of fiction and nonfiction materials assuring Christians that
they are exempt from persecution and God’s judgment.This comes in direct
contradiction to 2 Timothy 3:12.“…All who desire to live godly in
Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” Many writers have “cashed
in” persuading Christians that they are justified and saved, thus they are not to worry about the events taking place
in the social and political arenas, and the stench this leaves in God’s nostrils. Yet,
that which is so feared continues unabated, year after year, month after month to over take the Christian community.
Many Christians either do not
or will not recognize these events, not just in America but world wide, as persecution and judgment.They never realize that there are no other terms which apply to any government that
has gone beyond the boundary of Scriptural morality and ethics. Consider the
following taking place in this country:
·Governments taking our children because they are home schooled,
·The destruction of common law principle in the judiciaries,
·The destruction of the family unit on a government whim,
·The refusal of governments to allow individuals the right of self protection,
·The loss of the right of free association,
·The governmental assault on the right of religious association,
·The use of Scripture by government leadership to justify lawlessness,
·The legislative support of political correctness with the accompanying loss of the right of freedom of
·The destruction of Christian morality as the standard of proper functioning societies,
·The denial of their inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, by the demonic
processes of taxation, inflation and government legislative enslavement.
Yet it is happening and it
will continue to worsen as long as the question of why goes begging.
At the very beginning we need
to understand that God does not use persecution and judgment as mutually exclusive terms.
Persecution is God’s
means of culling the herd, so to speak.It is by persecution that God is able
to identify and drive those out of His Church that call themselves Christians but have no willingness to live by the principles
of the covenant but want the rewards of Christianity. (Matthew 13:21; Mark 4:17; Romans 8:35-39; 2 Timothy 3:12)
Judgment is the method God
uses to strengthen and build those who are His.The purpose of judgment within
the Church is to point out sin, bring the Church to confess its sin and then to stop what is displeasing to God.Judgment enhances the relationship between God and His people.Judgment
is not necessarily meant to destroy but rather to correct and spiritually purify those who are truly dedicated to Jesus Christ.
(Exodus 28:15-30 see also Matthew 7:2-12)
For many, Christianity
has been reduced to 30 minute sound bites given once a week, the message generally revolving around the theme of “you
must be saved.”What was once understood as a life, has for many been reduced
to a ritual which is centered on a Sunday morning service.Yet, the Sunday service
is not the defining feature of a Christian.
Many have forgotten that salvation
is only the beginning. (1 Corinthians 3:1)It is the birth of a new life, and
just as we don’t come out of our mother’s womb mature and fully educated, neither can we reach maturity in our
Christian life without the process of time, study, and spiritual growth.It is
to this point that the Apostle Paul wrote the Romans: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable
and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
It is in Romans 12:2
that we will begin to gain the wisdom needed to answer our query as to why our country seems to be self destructing while
using Christianity with its principles as the whipping boy.Simply stated Paul,
through the Spirit of God, is informing us that the Christian is and must be the greatest thinker in the universe, and that
God's first step in bringing us to spiritual maturity after salvation is to make us capable of thinking!The commandment is: “Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
Romans 12:2 is a compassionate
expression, from a loving God, who knows that the only alternative to grasping His truth and seeing everything by its light,
is idiocy, futility, and destructive in one form or another.If we, as Christians
wish to keep our sanity, grow to maturity, live in peace and joy, and ultimately to reign with Jesus Christ then we cannot
be distracted, willy-nilly, by the adulterous simpletons of our confused, disillusioned, alienated, and embittered cultures.
(See the book of Proverbs)
There is within Scripture
a reoccurring theme which is not always apparent.That theme is best defined
by the acronym TAR—Thought, Action,
Results.It is the foundation
by which every event of our lives is directed.We take no action without thought
and there are no results good or bad without an act, even if that act is to do nothing.It occurs in every action we take from getting dressed in the morning to our business plans.
Now, whether we like
it or not our thoughts are based on our knowledge.If our thought processes are
centered in the knowledge of Jesus Christ then our actions will glorify Him.If
however, we wish to remain small children in Christ then our thoughts will be confused and simple and our actions will never
be worthy of our Lord’s praise.
Too long the latter has been
the case.Christians have relied, not on maturing in Christ, but living as dependent
children attached to the apron strings of their priests, ministers and pastors.The
results have been predictable.Our
Christian forefathers founded America and as such were “more
than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans ), but now Christianity
has degenerated into a shell of its founding wisdom in conforming to that which it should resist.That conformity has lead to compliance and in turn compliance has lead to complicity.Thus, judgment with its accompanying persecution has increased quantitatively.
Scripture is clear, judgment
and persecution will always be with us.We are to be thankful “to God who
always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place” (2 Corinthians
)When will the Christian
community take Peters words to heart?“…It is better, if it is the
will of God, to suffer for doing good, than for doing evil.” (1 Peter 3:15-17)
It is a simple proposition,
stay immature in Christ and you will be the bug crushed by the weight of man’s sinful society.On the other hand to mature in Christ makes you the windshield having put on “the whole armor of
God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day…” (Ephesians 6:13) It
is an individual choice for which each individual will be held accountable.