Do you ever feel like fighting? No doubt–but sometimes that’s the wrong thing to do. Maybe I better back up and explain. Every Bible-believing, God-fearing, country-loving America longs for change. They covet change because they know we need it. Our nation is corrupt, and getting worse day by day, and we would like to see a return to Christian values. But, as much as we want it, we realize that there are some things we cannot control or change. The only thing we can change is our attitude and the only thing we can control is our response. And that, dear friend, is sometimes very hard to do. Here’s why—
We hear it all the time–“Christians are bigots, hate-mongers, intolerant”, etc. We, of course, know that this isn’t true, but it’s still difficult to deal with. To make matters worse is the fact that these charges usually come from the most intolerant people on earth. The very ones who criticize us are guilty of the very things they charge us with. That makes this a bitter pill to swallow! We’re not the ones trying to kick God out of the schools, remove Him from the government, redefine sin, change the constitution, and murder the innocent unborn babies, yet when we object we’re called intolerant. Gimme a break!
It is this very thing that makes me want to lash out and fight back. I get so tired of the false accusations, slander, etc. leveled against us, all because we dare to believe the Bible, that I often want to respond in kind. It gets so frustrating that I feel like starting an organization or movement called, “PUSH BACK”! It’s tempting to confront these people and engage them in debate, etc., but when my reason returns I realize that it would be useless–even counter-productive.
You can’t win an argument against someone who is spiritually dead, blinded by Satan, and morally depraved. Whether you state your case by quoting Scripture or by appealing to reason, you can’t make any head-way. They are driven by lust, not logic. Our warfare is of a spiritual nature (Eph. 6:12) and our weapons are not carnal (2 Cor. 10:4). We must not stoop to their level and resort to worldly tactics. We ought to be better than that. Don’t let them provoke you to sin.
The only hope for these people is the new birth. Until they are born again they will have no understanding of God’s Word, nor concern for God’s ways. Sanctification comes after salvation, not before. Until a person becomes a new creature in Christ they will do what comes natural–sin! To do otherwise they must be born again, and that can happen only if they hear the gospel. It’s our job to make it known. I know that it sometimes seems impossible to reach these people, but we must remember that it is our job to deliver the message, not to make things happen.
Believe it or not, “Gay” people are not as gay as they pretend to be. I say that because perfect peace and genuine gladness comes only from knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Things are not always as they seem. The same people you see dancing in the streets, seemingly without a care in the world, are hurting deep within. They are confused, lonely, frightened, bitter, and dissatisfied with life. There is an empty place that only God can fill. And they will remain that way until, through repentance and faith, they come to Christ, receiving Him as their Lord and Savior.
The injustices against Bible-believers are obvious and very frustrating, but we need to make sure that our response is regulated by the Word of God. You might feel like fighting back, but that will just make matters worse. What we’re dealing with today cannot be conquered by worldly tactics. Jesus gave us more than a hint when He said, “this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting”(Matt. 17:21). You and I cannot not change anyone, but with God all things are possible.
If you are reading this, and are one of those out-spoken critics of Christianity, I want to assure you that we don’t hate you, nor seek to harm you. Neither do we think we are better than you. Not a single one of us deserves to be saved. It is only by the grace of God that we have been forgiven and assured of a home in heaven. The only good in any of us is Jesus. We make no apology for believing the Bible is God’s infallible Word. Without that we have no sure standard of right and wrong, which leaves us in a world where every person is free to do as they please. The results of that ought to be obvious. If you have never received Christ as your Lord and Savoir we urge you to do so today. If we can be of any assistance please feel free to contact us. Please, think about it!