As a parent, I love to ask that question of my kids to discover who, besides me, will clean it up.
We all want to know who to blame so that we can clear our own name and make sure that however this mess got started someone cleans it up. Let’s look at America. Maybe President Barack Obama would be a good person to blame for all of America’s problems. I mean, many think he can’t make good decisions lately, the economy is in tough shape and so many things out of alignment. Why not blame him? The government has all but made God illegal to worship, right? But that too is coming, if you have read your Bibles (Rev. 13:8) so hold on to your spiritual hats. But I wonder, did all of these problems begin with President Obama? No, of course not. He just happens to be holding the bag right now. However…
In America, it seems we can no longer discuss our own opinions publicly (faith-based at that) about things such as homosexuality without someone calling it a hate crime. A US Airman is currently facing a federal court-marshal for stating his views regarding his faith on the matter. I won’t go into the indignant intolerance found on the other side of that, but everyone is tolerant of everything but Christianity. Why? Because for centuries, Christianity has stood for something DIFFERENT. It means being not “conformed to this world, (Rom. 12:2)” but living differently on a plane of biblical understanding. And when people act differently, they get pressed until they conform. Japan is a primary example of that, but we see it now happening in America to a greater degree than ever before.
Christianity has often been viewed as a narrow-minded belief system. This is true.
In fact, any Christian standing by God and His Word should heed our foundations for living as we see this challenge and blessing found in Matt. chapter 7.
So yes, we are narrow-minded in order to stay on the narrow path. If we broaden our view and tolerate more than Jesus does, we broaden the road and that leads to destruction. Jesus himself said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but through me (John 14:6).”
WHO is responsible in this present life for making changes for the better?
Only Jesus can bring life and give it abundantly. Therefore we who are His can share His love, His spirit, and His hope.
WHO is responsible for carrying out the known will of God?
We have the burden of being the hands and feet of God on this earth. He gave us all authority, all power and all wisdom in that he does not withhold it from us (James 1:5). Not for our own gain as perhaps Simon the sorcerer or others in this world would have it, but for God’s glory and to see His purposes unfold on behalf of all others who need Him.
WHO is responsible for living a life of holiness and working the fields for the Lord and His work?
It is we who are his workmanship, a changed and reconciled people. We have been purchased for a price and our lives are not our own. This is the perhaps the most sobering of thoughts when persecution and trials come to the Christian.
Living the Christian life in this 21st century will only intensify as time marches on. But that does not mean utter defeat or sadness. It means a final chance for refinement, the sharpening of our spiritual senses — an opportunity to find God in the secret place, to make Him our true Friend and Ally.
The Christian walk is a narrow road, and we should be blessed knowing that it is the only safe path left.
It is the road that truly leads to life. Therefore, think narrow-mindedly when others try to persuade you that you are too “right winged,” or “conservative.” Remain steadfast to being narrow-minded in your tolerance for sin in your own life and in the lives of your family. Help bring others to Christ with great enthusiasm. Today may be someone’s very last chance.
As the world becomes increasingly less-Christian, I implore you to become increasingly more single-minded, sure of your faith and true to God and His Word.