You bring up God’s judgment—and the party’s over!
And I’m talking about among Christian friends and family.
God is love—there’s no doubt about it. 1st John 4:16 says it: “God is love!”
A big part of my Master’s Thesis was on this word, agape, which means God’s love, and a word from the Old Testament, “Hesed” which also means God’s love. The Bible is filled with God’s love.
But the Bible also speaks much about judgment.
Because God is a God of justice. It’s not that cool to talk about.
Because we’ve switched it around.
Instead of God making us in His image, we’ve remade God in our image. Love is so much easier to speak of!
But guess what—God’s love and His judgment are in the Book!
Problem is—it doesn’t work!
The blunt truth is, “live and let live” isn’t a biblical principle. That’s why it doesn’t work.
David said in bringing his sacrifice to God, “How can I bring you a sacrifice for which there is no cost?”
If you have good things but you didn’t sacrifice to get them, you’re standing on the sacrifices of others.
In other words, what you enjoy in this nation you enjoy because other people did not have a “live and let live” philosophy.
They had a “give-my-life-away-to-others” philosophy.
And they and everyone else was the better for it.
Narcissism never works. Self-centeredness destroys families, organizations, schools, nations.
Don’t live and let live. How about “live and help others have life!”
Live out your faith!
I urge you to make your pastor aware of Pulpit Freedom Sunday on October 5—to get involved.
The free exercise of religion requires a free pulpit.
So how can we, as pastors, be free to speak if our church is subject to fines and penalties for something we might say from that pulpit?
Pulpit Freedom Sunday is a head-on constitutional challenge to the Johnson Amendment of 1954 prohibiting pastors from speaking freely.
To speak freely on issues such as life, marriage, the family and any others addressed in Scripture.
Join me at pulpitfreedom.org.
Participate on October 5! It’s time we took a stand!
The issue is: So what are you going to do about it?
Believing in God isn’t such a big deal—the Bible says the devil believes in God. With so much evidence that proves His existence, my bigger wonder is that anyone wouldn’t believe in God.
The question is, what will you do about it?
If He is God, why not respond to Him as God?
Why not obey Him? How about loving Him?
How about spending more time with Him? It’s why He made you.
I’ve noted a difference between those who really know God from those who don’t.
Those who don’t really have an intimate relationship with Him will easily call Him—God.
But those who know Him well, call Him—Lord. Father.
Is God the Lord of your life?
How about showing it?
So what’s the problem?
Here it is!
Two men, represented by the ACLU, filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division—after a Denver-area cake artist refused to use his creative talent to commemorate a same-sex ceremony, because of his faith.
This past December, the Colorado Administrative Law Court ruled the owner of the shop MUST create cakes for same-sex wedding ceremonies. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission upheld that decision.
And, under the threat of heavy fines, he must also prove he’s complied with a coerced speech order.
There were plenty of other cake artists willing to do the job.
Since when is the government allowed to force us to choose between our faith and our livelihood?
Pray for these attorneys.
The local church is under attack like never before.
I’m talking about churches that are Bible-based.
Churches taking a stand in a culture that rejects Christ and the Bible.
Imagine what our life, our world, would be like without the contribution churches make to society and culture, to our families and neighbors.
Many people live today in a culture of advantages that have been formed by Christian values. Some have even died for those values. Its’ easy to criticize the church for not being relevant.
That may be true in some cases, but it’s mostly just an excuse to opt out. To sit on the sidelines.
Be a part of your local church. A part of what’s taking place in communities all across the country by people committed to supporting and encouraging—church!
Live out your faith!