I mentioned a couple of postings ago that I wanted to share some info with you that wasn't health related. Some "nudgings" that I've been feeling lately and wanted to see if they relate to you at all.
The attack on all things Christian has just about worn me down. As you can imagine with my only activity for most of the day being sitting down, I get to watch a lot of
TV. Not ONE day goes by without several vicious outbursts from the other side about how terrible Christianity has been for the world. Comics strip all of the reverence and awe away from the name of our saviour in the most blasphemous way. Many weak-willed politicians cower at the very thought of admitting that they are believers. Frankly I've had it. As for me, I'm gonna stop being a silent witness while the world bashes away unchallenged by some Christians. I know that sounds harsh but hear me out. Believers in Christ are the last to receive the tolerance that the world wants to give everyone else. I mean Everyone else. I watched with horror not too long ago as an ACLU lawyer argued a case in favor of releasing a known sex offender back into a neighborhood with innocent children, while her comrades at the ACLU were suing a teacher who had a Bible lying on his desk. He didn't read it during hours, never mentioned it, but brought to read over his lunch break. He was fired.
All of this came together for me during the Katrina/Rita crises. I watched heros by the hundreds rushing down to help, but the only reporting I got was how all of this catastrophe was President Bush's fault. That while he was watching his oil profits from Haliburton and maybe even reading his Bible, he did like a modern day Nero and "fiddled" while New Orleans sank. Now a month later this has been totally disputed. We were late getting in some places which he as the leader takes responsibility for. But the viciousness and disrespectful ways the enemies attacked him took much of the emphasis OFF of the people who really needed the help. I was proud to see our president hold up under the strain. "The truth shall set them free!"
Now, how is this a heaven nudging you say? Simply this: We've let our behavior be programmed by the world. We are supposed to grin and bear it while our way of life is threatened. Here's my nudging. Don't lose your love or empathy toward your enemy, but strengthen your spine and speak out in a firm but friendly voice whatever it is you are wanting to defend. I have done it a couple of times recently and it actually went quite well. No blows, no shouting, just two people disagreeing agreeably.
Take this for what it's worth. If it strikes a chord with you ....try it. If you know that you could never do it...don't. But whatever you do, do it in the love of Jesus. Speak kindness to those who despise us...you'll drive them out of their mind!
Love to you all....I go back for a checkup next Tuesday and will be in touch ASAP after I get results back.
In HIs Grip!