Somewhere buried in the depths of the deepest sea is what is left of sanity, both politically as well as spiritually. What I have witnessed over the past few weeks and months are things I never expected to see in my lifetime. It is as if a huge tide came ashore and took every last bit of rational and considerate thinking out to sea.
With each passing day, fewer and fewer people are in a good mood . With each passing day, the pressures being applied to people in the financial and social realms are crushing. Although most keep valiantly try to hang on, it is as if they are fighting a losing battle against forces unseen yet far more powerful than them.
I fully understand and am thankful to know that the Bible clearly states that in the last days before Christ's return, the world will grow more and more evil and more and more believers will turn their backs on the faith and pursue the false religions being promoted in the name of Christ. Without this understanding, I don't know how anyone could withstand the onslaught of insane, selfish and evil propaganda each of us is confronted with daily.
The forces at work turning the global community into the one world government spoken of in the Book of Revelation are working faster and faster to fulfill their appointment with destiny. Even some of the greatest evangelists and Bible teachers have fallen into the trap of wanting to get rich off the Gospel and/or using God's people for personal gain.
The numbers of confused, frustrated and negative Christians grows daily. As less and less of what they hear makes any sense (or works), they throw in the towel spiritually and decide to take their chances with the world. Unfortunately the world doesn't have any sensible answers either. The end result is a growing apathy toward Christianity mixed with anger towards those who shove it down people's throats .
What is desperately needed in the world and within the Christian community is a willingness to listen, and meekness to learn and the boldness to confront. Unless Christians get back to the firm foundation of the Word of God and quit demanding to be entertained on Sunday mornings, the mass exodus from churches will only accelerate. More and more churches are turning their worship services into shows and productions in a desperate attempt to hold onto the remaining people still showing up.
Fewer and fewer churches advocate people bringing their Bibles with them for they spend less and less time teaching the Bible. The sermons spring from one verse and rarely are based on the Bible. In fact, in many churches the Bible is not even considered the Word of God. When the Word of God is deemed to be traditions, public sentiment and political correctness; the end result will not be pretty.
We can argue about theology all day long and maybe there will be some good come from it. But, more times than not, debates regarding subjects in the Bible that are not clear cut or cut and dry lead to arguments, hurt feelings and confusion.
I pray that we all seek the high road of rational thinking and loving actions springing from the purity of heart found in God's love. I pray that in these exceedingly troubled times, we (as the Christian community) provide a safe haven for those searching for the truth instead of just another place where people fight or go to be entertained.
We have the most wonderful faith of all. We who know Jesus Christ and are HIS own, are the salt of the earth and sweetest water anyone ever knew. I pray that this is what we can and do give to all who are stumbling around trying to find someone they can trust and someone who is willing to love them and honestly help them come to a knowledge of the truth. I pray that each one of us can be one of those kinds of people.
"What is desperately needed in the world and within the Christian community is a willingness to listen, and meekness to learn and the boldness to confront. Unless Christians get back to the firm foundation of the Word of God and quit demanding to be entertained on Sunday mornings, the mass exodus from churches will only accelerate. More and more churches are turning their worship services into shows and productions in a desperate attempt to hold onto the remaining people still showing up."
How true this is! Every day, I notice within myself, Kirk, a great concern regarding the onslaught of evil imposing its relentless pursuit to twist right into wrong and wrong into right; it is at every turn in every nation; and w/out the "Christian community" offering a willingness to listen to reason and understand the power behind what you have written above in your quote and all w/in your blog, our nation, as others, is doomed. God help us to listen with as you wrote: with a " meekness to learn and the boldness to confront." Amen to all you've addressed!
I love this blog! Thank you so much for the generosity you have expressed here. We all need to be reminded often what Christ's love really looks like. The last paragraph is the epitome of what we are called to do. Thank you for reminding us of this wisdom.