Our silence has become eerie…

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Silence has become moral indifference…

Imagine seeing a kid. The child is standing in the middle of a road. Needless to say, this is dangerous enough.

But further, standing next to the kid is his father. In his father’s hand is an ax and in front of you, the father raises the ax to slaughter the boy.

Here is a quick multiple choice question.

What do you do?

A) stop the lunatic

B) allow it because it’s his kid, so it’s his choice

C) walk by and hope someone else stops him because you don’t want to cause a scene.

Most of us would choose option ‘A.’ Of course, you would. You wouldn’t allow it. That’s a murderer, and he must be brought to justice.

And you definitely wouldn’t just walk by and hope some else stopped him because if they didn’t stop him or someone else didn’t see him, then the kid’s blood would be on your hands.

This seems silly and dramatic. But, the reality is that the world is full of Christians living and reacting to life changing events and scenarios choosing option ‘C.’

We have become silent on issues that are important because the fear of causing a scene.

Abortion

Money

Marriage

Adultery

Divorce

Greed

The list goes on. I don’t want to preach about tithing at church because it might offend someone. I don’t want to talk about abortion because it is a sensitive subject. And, it isn’t just these big topics.

It isn’t just these big subjects.

How many times in your life has someone you’re close to and care about gone off into left field and you become silent in fear of damaging your relationship with them rather than holding them accountable to what the Bible says?

I’m guilty of this. My pastor had asked me a couple of months ago to meet and talk to someone at our church. He wanted me to talk to them about their walk with God.

They came to church and they were involved, but it just didn’t seem like they ‘got it.’ They didn’t believe it. They would come on a Sunday, serve on a Sunday, and represent themselves as if they weren’t a Christian at all the next day.

I selfishly asked him, “What if they stopped coming? What if they stopped serving?”

He jokingly responded, “You’re right… I would hate to lose a servant; eternity isn’t that important anyways.”

I was, needless to say, very convicted at that moment.

But, you get the point. I was fearful of offending someone and losing them as a servant and as an attendee of our church.

I had become morally indifferent. And, I think a lot of us Christians have too.

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Please Don’t Burn Library Books

I know what you might be thinking.

“This guy sounds a lot like one of those crazy people yelling at me on a school campus telling me that I am going to hell.”

But, I would say you are very wrong. I’m not asking you to go out and yell at sinners and command them to become saved, or they are terrible and heathens.

I am asking you to stand by the Word of God and Its convictions.

We are to know what the Bible says about pressing social issues, and we are to stand on behalf of the Word of God.

Here are my three ways you can avoid being silent without burning books and picketing soldiers funerals.

Learn the Word of God

Before you can go out and defend the Word of God, you must know it.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

If this is true, then we must know it inside and out. The words aren’t just words they are God-breathed words. Every word is important and serves a purpose greater than our own.

Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

We must meditate on it day and night to be prepared to do what it asks and to make our way righteous.

Speak the Truth

Once we know the law, we must defend it. Once we are aware of injustice, we must fight against it.

Ephesians 5:11 says, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”

We are to take not part in the world that we live in other than to be a light and to expose the darkness for God’s glory. Once we know what the darkness is we must speak the truth and expose the enemy in his lies.

Vote

I’m sure you noticed the circus of an election we are having thus far. We are at a crucial time in history where our decisions could change the course of history to come.

As Christians, it is our duty to not only follow God’s law but to elect people that will help defend God’s law.

I am not claiming that either candidate is perfect or is an outstanding human being. But I can say that we have some important decisions coming up.

We get the chance to elect someone who is against the murdering of an incredible number of unborn children and to see supreme court justices that will not only uphold the constitution but our religious freedoms.

As a Christian, it is your duty and responsibility to take all of this into prayerful considerations.

Last but not least

I would like to end on one final note. I have admired and respected a band called For Today for a long time. They are a screamo band that tours with secular bands in order to spread the Gospel to more than huge Christian dominated crowds.

They have a song called, “Saul of Tarsus.” I love the beginning, and I think it ties in the whole practical lesson.

It goes,”May the world know that I am Yours. I will never be silenced. I will never be silenced.”

Let that be your challenge this week. Let the world know that you are His and never be silenced.

 

 

 

 

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19 people brought down a nation…

Unified for the right cause

Recently my church joined together in a night of prayer. We came together and joined the nation to cry out to God.

One of the speakers said something that really stuck with me. He said,” 19 people (terrorists) brought a nation to its knees on September 11th, 2001. What would happen if we joined together as a church.”

Now before this time I wrote a song called Unify Us. I’ll be putting the lyrics at the end but I just wanted to post a song again that has been on my heart and explain it a little bit.

Those 19 terrorists were unified. Now they weren’t unified for the right reasons but unified they were.

Imagine the possibilities off Christians all across the globe unifying for one cause.

What cause you ask?? To know Christ and make Him known.

That’s our goal here at Fort Bend Fellowship. “To know Christ and make Him known.”

I love it. I mean our purpose on earth is to glorify God after all. To do this we must make Him known to everyone.

But what about community problems like poverty, sex slavery, abortion, murder, and etc. What if we unified against those things? What would the world look like and how would the world benefit from truly knowing a God full of mercy and grace?

How would the world benefit from truly knowing a God who selflessly sent His Son to die for us?

Wouldn’t that cause a movement? Wouldn’t this movement show people dying to themselves daily? Wouldn’t this movement involve a people that would be more concerned about their neighbors suffering than themselves?

That’s the inspiration behind this song. The concept of coming together as one people. Coming together as one church for one cause: To known Christ and make Him known.

Here are the lyrics to my song. I really hope you enjoy them and I challenge you to think about that idea and how you can unify with the local church and the Christians around you.

Unify Us

The world is dark; it needs your grace.

We call upon your name to fill this place.

The world is sick; it needs your mercy.

Will you open up the floodgates and let the whole world see?

The world is cold; it needs your love and the purifying power of your only Son.

Unify us to know You and make You known.

We are your people.

We are your Church.

We are your hands.

We are your feet.

Unify us for one cause.

Could you die for your enemies?

At the RIGHT time, Christ died for us all

I went through a sermon series with my youth called “He is the cure.” I spent months diving into and exploring Romans.

It was hard for me to go through Romans 5 because I felt like I could have done four or five sermons just on this chapter alone.

The whole chapter paints a beautiful picture. At the exact moment we needed salvation, Christ died for us. Not when we were on good terms with Him and not when it was necessarily convenient for Him either.

When I say, “not when we were on good terms,” I mean the worst of terms. We weren’t just unliked acquaintances, we were enemies. We were rebelling. We were literally running in the exact opposite direction of the way He wanted us to go.

But, the beautiful thing is that He relentlessly pursued after us in an unseen fashion. And, to show His love for us He allowed His Son to be murdered on the cross on our behalf.

All of this was while we were enemies.

Now I don’t know about you but I could not imagine giving up a child, or even a pet, to die on behalf of an enemy. But, God did just that.

Lately, God has really been blessing me in the musical category. He has been putting songs in my heart and I’ve been using them to lead worship for my church.

I wanted to use this blog to share a song that I wrote and that we sing at our church that was inspired by Romans chapter 5.

It’s probably not surprising that the title for this song happens to be, you guessed it, Romans 5.

Romans 5

Though I’ve Failed Lord you never fail.

Though I’ve rebelled Lord you never fail.

 

The thorns, the thorns pressed upon your head

The nails, the nails hammered in your hands

 

You saved your enemies, the helpless, the diseased, the lost, and the defeated.

Christ died when He was needed.

While we were enemies you reconciled with me, the lost, and the defeated.

You died when You were needed.

 

Because of me, You’re on the cross. I’ve caused Your pain.

But you redeemed all of the lost and gave us new names.

 

You saved us all from drowning.

You came and took our place.

You showed Your own love towards us through your saving grace.