Tuesday, September 8, 2009

WEAK CHRISTIANITY

(Revelation 22:12 ) And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. The following is an passage from Moody's many stories that he wrote, It is a story that we should read and learn a lesson from. The story is as follows: "A young man enlisted, and was sent to his regiment. The first night he was in the barracks with about fifteen other young men, who passed the time playing cards and gambling. Before retiring, he fell on his knees and prayed, and they began to curse him and jeer at him and throw boots at him. So it went on the next night and the next, and finally the young man went and told the chaplain what had taken place, and asked what he should do. 'Well,' said the chaplain, 'you are not at home now, and the other men have just as much right to the barracks as you have. It makes them mad to hear you pray, and the Lord will hear you just as well if you say your prayers in bed and don't provoke them.' For weeks after the chaplain did not see the young man again, but one day he met him, and asked - 'By the way, did you take my advice?' 'I did, for two or three nights,' [the soldier answered.] 'How did it work?' 'Well,' said the young man, 'I felt like a whipped hound and the third night I got out of bed, knelt down and prayed.' 'Well,' asked the chaplain, 'How did that work?' The young soldier answered: 'We have a prayer meeting there now every night, three have been converted, and we are praying for the rest.' This is the kind of Christianity that we do not have anymore and is needed in today's world. ' Remember the Virginia Tech shootings? The students of all faiths gathered together, after the tragedy for a service intended to give strength and comfort and possibly some direction for the future. The Muslim leader spoke referring to passages of the Koran and speaking of Allah. The Buddhist representative also spoke referring to her religious writings and leaders. Then the Jewish leader read from Ecclesiastes and spoke of God. Only the weak, Christian leader failed to read from his Bible or to mention Jesus. The weak politically correct version of Christianity that he represented, that day, was embarrassing to all true born again Christians. It was clear that day on that Virginia Tech Campus that the Muslim was a Muslim, the Buddhist was a Buddhist, and the Jew was a Jewish believer. But the Christian could have been almost anyone from anywhere. He was lost in space. What a shame and disgrace. It was obvious and very noticeable that he wanted to offend no one and he certainly succeeded in that. But every Christian present in that room must have wondered if there was not more than safe, politically correct thoughts that should have been offered in the face of such a tragedy. Jesus was left out that day! Jesus was the answer that day and he was left out! God help us to be known clearly as Christians and unashamed of the Word of God or of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. The Muslim was clear, the Buddhist was clear, and the Jew was clear. And they said what they wanted to say about their religion. They did not compromise their beliefs to be more acceptable and pleasing to the audience. Let's be clear and strong in our expressions of our faith. Let's not be weak and empty-headed. Let's boldly declare Jesus as the foundation and basis of our life. Jesus is our comfort and the hope of all mankind. There is no one else. No man when he lights a candle puts it under a basket for no one to see. Jesus is the door to eternal life, He is the rock of our salvation, our soon coming King.

Are you, as I am, tired of a weak and feeble Christianity that is put forth today? We need be all out for Christ and let our voices be heard in this sinful and demon possessed world!; We do not need to hesitant and keep our mouth shut. This country was founded on Christianity If the world wants to call us fools, then let me be a fool for Christ! In just a little while; that great day will be here. We have the privilege, now, of confessing Christ." Remember only what we do for Christ will last. Need I say anymore? Let's ask the Lord to touch our lives with power today. That we may be released from our stresses, our problems and even our own desires -- that we may become focused on being available for the task at hand. There's so much work to be done! The harvest is ready but so workers. Remember we may be weak, but He is strong and we can do all things through Christ Jesus, Our Lord!

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