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From time to time, religious leaders wring their hands over the church's diminishing appeal to the culture, and fret about what they can do.
The problem is most approaches are more Madison Avenue, trying to give the people what THEY want, rather the Highway of Heaven, offering what only God can provide.
If the lost in the world does not see the church as a departure from the world, then why should they come; they can do bad all by themselves?
With all the cries of racism, and the confession that stated inciting a race war as motive, many are buzzing about the black-white aspects of the shooting that left 9 dead at a Charleston, South Carolina, church.
Nevertheless, just as the church took the unexpected hit, it also gave the unexpected response, at least by those who know not God.
Here in the US, and around the globe, the homosexual rage against God, and in favor of lust, masquerading as love, gains momentum. In America, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban homosexuals from marrying one another.
And the people of God moan...but why? Have you forgotten what He told you? Luke 17:
26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
The times are exciting and now is not a time for mourning. As He is soon to be revealed, it is our task to prepare for Him, and help others, who wish to see Him in peace, to do the same.
Discussions of right and wrong, "on the margins", as it were have gone on since Eve and the serpent in Eden. The simple fact is that people will introduce things into their own personal "canon", either to augment God's word, or to replace it, sometimes in its entirety.
But that is a strange thing to do, often runs counter to His will and even common sense, and leaves those who shape their own moral code devoid of any morality at all.
?The world, and cultures, in which we live make every effort to set standards for success and failure...and they fall short consistently. Why? The primary reason: they only hold sway in the realm through which we pass and not the one in which we will reside.
?Once any man sets his sights on the place where his success matters, and those things which make success possible, eveything about him will change...
?One of the hallmarks of Christianity in particular, and of faith in God in general, is its lawlessness, by human standards.
Many make the effort to "Romans 13" their way into subservience to human authority, saying that is what pleases God....Oh, but so much scripture (and history) they do ignore.
Among the more dangerous thoughts we can have about human government is not that we should be free from it, but that it should ever have had charge over us at all.
?What man was given, from the outset was a responsibility of self-control...and obedience to God. But though "God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions", including the many forms of human government.
How often have we objeced to the way God does things, not because we know better, or even desire a different outcome, but simply because we want a different process?
It is incumbent to bend our way of thinking to God's, and not seek to make God like us.
Once a destination is set, all that remains is to arrive, by whatever mode of transport that can be used.
Earthly transport toward heaven is accomplished by a man taking on the tasks left, by God, for him to do, and to be found at the last yet performing that work.
There is no time for fatigue, nor for deviation; indeed, there may be no time at all, for he knows not at what hour his Lord shall come...
Part of the warrior mentality is to prepare himself to address the most difficult scenarios. He understands that victory is not guaranteed, neither is it always an available option, but that no circumstance can prevent him from fighting well.
No one fights well who is not prepared...and since the enemy normally intends to defeat you, it is only wise to assume that he will bring his "A" game, meaning the most difficult circumstances for the warrior to face.
Know what you may face, equip yourself for the most difficult fight, and then run to the battle.
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