We Stand With God / A Call to Obedience
By Leslie Pressley
I recently read an article
written by a friend of mine, who stated her belief's on taking a stand for our
Christian values. She wrote about how the evil of this world is coming through
our homes through television shows that twist and pervert the true meaning of
family. I agree with her.
Satan is attacking our homes. If he can
pervert what defines a family, according to God, then he can change what God
intended marriage to be, between a man and a woman. We, as Christians, are
being bombarded with his attacks on our families, our children, our beliefs.
Through all types of media, images and music, even a simple commercial, which
was once harmless, is no longer safe for our children to watch. We know the
times we are in are difficult, but to simply, "give in" and "tolerate" this sin
is still sin in God's eyes.
Christians must take a stand against sin,
and it starts in the home with parents who both believe in the Word of God and
believe that Jesus Christ is in the very center of their marriage. He is the
Rock and if you build your marriage on the Rock, it can withstand any storm.
Also, the belief in the sanctity of marriage. It is a sacred bond that will
grow when it's rooted firmly in the ground and fed by the Holy Spirit. Marriage
is not to be taken lightly, but with seriousness in that you are entering into a
sacred and a Holy covenant with another and before a Holy God.
Imagine marriage as a flower. First, a seed...planted and buried deep
within the earth, buried...just as we die to ourselves when we accept Christ as
our Lord and Savior. We also die to our own self-centeredness when we promise
ourselves to another in marriage. As the seed is buried, it begins to reach
out, forming roots, searching for water. Just as in marriage, we reach out to
each other for our nourishment and our continued growth, and as Christians, the
same applies. We reach out for the Living Water, God's Word, and we continue to
grow. We push through the soil of this life with God's Strength in us because
we are being fed daily by His Word. Until, one day...we break through the soil
and bloom into a beautiful flower, strong in the Lord, able to withstand the
heavy rains that come and beautiful for all to see, continually growing...as we
continue to reach for the Son!
A Christian's lifestyle has no place
for sin. Of course we all sin. We are not perfect, but we strive daily to live
out our lives before God as Christ lives through us. When we sin knowingly,
it grieves the Holy Spirit within you - once you've accepted Jesus as your Lord
and Savior. Turning from sin restores your relationship with God. He is
Faithful and Just to forgive you of all of your sins. ~1 John 1:9~
our homes, we must never tolerate sin. Once you tolerate a little, then it's
easier each time, until one day, you may look around you and not recognize your
home anymore. If you don't take the easy stands against sin, like the
definition of marriage, which is clearly defined in the Bible, how will you ever
face a hard stand against sin?
Forgiveness from God frees you
through His Son Jesus and there is nothing in this world that can bring Peace
inside of you other than being right with God. Jesus is Peace...He is the
Prince of Peace, He alone can only bring Peace to your soul.
Word is Truth. Jesus is the Light in a dark depraved world. The Light exposes
the dark. A Christian cannot have one foot in this world and one foot in God's
kingdom, it's all or not at all...As for me and my house, we will serve the
Lord. ~Joshua 24:15~
Television, music, computers, all types of media
are assailing our homes...it is what God hates, and I, personally live my life
by hating what God hates and loving what God loves...it's called obedience.
This isn't my opinion or the opinion of other Christians...it is what God's Word
says, if you think it's cruel, insensitive, ignorant...by all means take it up
with the God of this Universe who has power over all...but, on a human level,
just as an unbeliever has a right to speak their beliefs, we too as Christians
have every right to speak and stand up against what is bombarding our culture,
our children and care about where our nation is heading.
God hates sin,
He hated it so much that He sent His only Son to die for it. He doesn't "laugh"
at it, like the way this world thinks He does. He doesn't "tolerate" it, like
we are told we have to do in this world. He dealt with it! Some may say that I
am narrow-minded or judgemental...we should call sin what it is. Narrow is the
way that leads to life through Jesus, broad is the way that leads to death and
destruction, and that is the way of this world. I want to be on the narrow path
that leads to eternal life with our Lord Jesus. ~ Matthew 7:13-14~
may also say...what would Jesus do? As you read your Bible, it tells you what
He would do with sin. First of all, He suffered and died on a cross, despised
by all men for all sin. Once you accept Him and are a born again Christian, you
are to turn from sin and live for Him...not make a mockery out of the grace that
He has given all of us freely. And you are mocking what He did for you when you
decide to live in sin and do it your way and not His. ~Galatians 6:7, Proverbs
14:9, Romans 3:8~ Once you say yes to Jesus, you no longer live for you. ~Romans
This is Good News! His Righteousness has covererd all sin,
once you have accepted Him then you obey Him, live for Him, follow
Him...suddenly the things which use to seem funny or tolerable around you or in
your home, they will no longer look the same. They will appear ugly, hurtful
and grieve the very Spirit that now has taken up residence in your heart. You
will want what God wants and you will live in Peace with Jesus Christ living and
abiding with you daily. Not peace like this world has, but a Peace that
surpasses ALL understanding. ~Philippians 4:7
Written by Leslie