June 27, 2015
When Christ was born 2000 years ago it was the greatest military invasion in history. Christ came with the full arsenal of self-sacrificing love to establish a new kingdom that would have no end…a new government. The rule of this government would rest upon His shoulders alone and this kingdom would be established by the zeal of His Father, full of pure justice and perfect righteousness. (Isaiah 9)
Those who have the extraordinary privilege of coming to know and believe Him are ushered instantly into this kingdom. For a brief moment we continue to live in this earthly kingdom, knowing that it is but temporary and that we are aliens and strangers. But we also, though in part, enjoy the riches of God’s kingdom. We are between two worlds.
OUR CONTINUAL TASK
We have a job to do. We are to proclaim the excellencies of the One who delivered us. We are to herald to our neighbors who have not yet come to know Christ and His Kingdom the wonderful testimony of how that can happen for them (just as it has happened to us). And we are to give the illustration through our lives of how glorious it is to be transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God’s dear Son. That there is nothing so thrilling, so right, so beautiful as this.
We can do this in any environment. In fact, the darker the darkness around us, the more brilliant the light can become. So there is no place where our singular job cannot be accomplished. No human government can stop this. No rule of law can change our job, our citizenship, or the advance of His kingdom. In fact, He said that even the gates of Hell would not prevail against it.
Sometimes it is harder and there is more suffering in the task. But to suffer for this cause creates nothing but a more vivid illustration and a greater reward.
AND FRIDAYS COME
When a moment arrives like Friday, June 26, when a few men make a horrible decision against the clear standard of God’s Word, seeking to redefine the first thing in history that our Creator defined, we still have a job to do. We are to boldly, clearly, unapologetically, and graciously love people and proclaim the truth. Our King is full of grace and truth. We must not compromise in either compartment if we are to represent Him well.
So, how do we respond to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage? We love people. Everybody. Fully, passionately, deeply, aggressively. We let no glimmer of unrighteous anger abort the flow of God’s love.
But we also stand for what God says is absolutely true, clearly revealed in His Word. We hate sin for the same reason that God hates any kind of sin—He knows that it ruins lives. He understands that it aborts His image in us and keeps us from the full expression of what has been fearfully and wonderfully made.
God hates sin (any and every sin) because He loves people. And sin brings death. Always. So we do everything possible to help create environments in the land in which we momentarily live where sin is not glorified and exalted and particularly (as happened yesterday) where it is not institutionalized and celebrated. And we weep when this happens because it breaks the heart of God and will lead to sin’s further advance in the people He loves.
And we must adjust our praying. We must pray more and unite in intercession for God’s grace. No human machinery or method can accomplish what is needed. We must pray that the church (God’s kingdom people) will wake up and fall on their knees in extraordinary prayer and deliberate, full repentance. That we will realize that our slumbering engagement in the Kingdom is removing the salt and light in our culture. That our personal compromises with this kingdom cause the light to dim and the Presence of God to be lifted.
We must cry out for an extraordinary, merciful move of the King to bring sweeping revival to the church and a massive spiritual awakening to those without Christ. This course correction (which God has often done) would do what nothing else could accomplish.
We remember that this world will soon be over. We will be ushered into God’s eternal kingdom soon, seeking to take as many as possible with us. And there the kingdom will be perfect in righteousness and absolute in truth. And our struggles in this life will be over…and we will be HOME.
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June 08, 2019
June 07, 2019
… with most of us modern Christians is that we are stoppable. A little discomfort, a turn from our desired daily routine, or a little resistance from those to whom we’re witnessing throws us off. We have not settled the issue that our greatest joy and highest purpose comes from our witness, and so we are unwilling to push through in sharing Christ with others every day, even in the mildest environments. Even when persecution is not present.
June 03, 2019
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14)
Prayer is the foundation for all of life. Imagine the emotions and sense of fear and expectancy when Christ had been resurrected, appeared to His disciples, and then ascended. They were instructed to merely wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would endue them with power to be witnesses to Christ all across the world (Acts 1:8).
So, what did they do?