Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Let's Focus on the Right Things

Yes, I'm a person who has been known to call my congressmen and other representatives from time to time. Yes, I vote. I believe that we as Christians have a dual citizenship. However, I am convinced that there comes a point where we are side-tracked to rabbit chases.

We are doing this now, as far as I'm concerned. As we lose our "rights" as Christians through proposed hate crimes legislation, such as will be voted on this coming Thursday, I can't help but wonder if we aren't more concerned with preserving our "rights" than what God has charged us with. If you listen to Christian radio, you've probably heard endless appeals to call your congressman on any of a number of issues. Seems like we're never done calling them anymore.

If you know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, it isn't your "right" to pray, it isn't your "right" to call sin what it is, regardless of who objects. It is your responsibility before God to pray. It is your responsibility to proclaim the Gospel.

No law the government can concoct can ever change that. The only difference will be whether or not we are willing to pay a price for doing so.

So, we need to refocus on what we are to do as basic Christian duty. If we love God, we will obey Him. If we don't obey Him we show we don't really love Him, regardless of what we claim. Call your congressmen? Sure. That's ok. But remember, political reformation is not our calling. Proclaiming the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and calling people to repentance and faith is our calling.

Secondly, we need to focus on the real Gospel. The one that mentions repentance and faith. We need to dump the false gospel of "life enhancement". As Christianity becomes illegal, the "God Has a Wonderful Plan For Your Life" draw card loses its appeal, doesn't it? Contrary to the contemporary "gospel", Jesus didn't die on the cross to make us happy. He died to save us from the penalty of our sin. Imagine being in jail for your faith and telling your jailer "God has a wonderful plan for your life".

Silly, isn't it?

I would challenge you to view this. As the days get darker, as the Scriptures say they will, the message in this video will become increasingly obvious.

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