INFLUENCE

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” — Jesus. (Matthew 10:34 NKJV)

 CULTURE

I’ve been told that 30% of Americans consider themselves evangelical Christians. The Screen Guild, Planned Parenthood and the Gay/Lesbian groups seem to be having more influence on our culture than we do. These, and many more, are part of the new religion: progressive-liberalism. I know, I was once a part of that mindset. I was also a part of that passive, let’s not shake the boat mindset…peace at any price, mindset.

 Why do you think that the progressive-liberals are having a great influence on our culture? Should Christians be non-confrontational and only peaceful?

Should Christians never be politically involved? I’ve heard Christians say they were not going to vote because the candidate isn’t a Christian. Really? People that is a cop out. One doesn’t need to be a Christian to be a great leader.

 Lord, help us. If we ever needed a great leader, it is NOW.

 If you care about our changing culture, get politically involved at the very least. Stay informed and hold your representatives feet to the fire on our important issues. For example: we need term limits, we need to be rid of lobbyist (which is political corruption), and we need some economic and trade reform. These things, left to the politicians, will not get changed. Let us be logical here. Why should they make these changes? They are profiting from them.

 Martin Luther King, Jr. was an unknown, black, Christian, preacher without mega money behind him; actually with nothing behind him. Did he let that stop him from taking the authority and influence given to him to make changes to the culture? Did he allow intimidation to make him back down?

 We don’t have to develop a powerful position like this to make a difference in our culture. Remember, snowflakes are all very small, but in short order they can completely cover a landscape.

 I believe God gave us this country to occupy until He comes and many other very good reasons I won’t address right now.

 Are we influencing our given territory or are we just letting TV, media, our educators, and/or politicians change our culture and the next generation’s mindset without our involvement? We have influence and authority, are we using it in the realm we have been assigned to? Or are we letting intimidation from the progressive-liberals keep our mouths shut?

 Do you know what your children/grandchildren are being taught in school? It may be a good influence or it may be a bad one. However, if we don’t get involved by reading over some of the materials…that is passive neglect of your influence. PERIOD

 Home schooling and private Christian schooling has had its fair share of ridicule. Wonder why? The progressive-liberals cannot control what is being taught.  

 Do you remember the story of Ester in the Bible (if not read it – the whole book is called, ESTER)? She was a beautiful woman from the Israel captives, who became the queen of the kingdom of her captors. She had the best of everything: food, servants, clothing, entertainment, protection and comfort of every kind. Why, I ask you, would she rock that boat? To go before her King with a request, without being summoned was often sure death. Why would she risk that? Because she loved her people and she culture more than her life. PERIOD

 Jesus was born a Jew in a religious culture, ruled by Romans. He fought the religious culture for three years, within the Roman culture. He made an obvious difference. Such a difference, that thousands of people since have been willing to and have died for Him. That, beloved is influence.

A Pearl Of Great Price

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God (James 1:19 – 1:20 NKJV)

wrath
—noun:  strong, stern, or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation; ire.
vengeance or punishment as the consequence of anger.

I believe wrath to be the fruit of hate.  It is the action, activity and work of hate fully formed.

I came face-to-face with the deep, emotional injury caused by the abandonment of a father to his daughter.  This selfish act of this broken man has formed a profound void in the heart of this woman.

Intense anger filled my heart.  What can I, a mere human, do with this kind of emotion?  Vengeance is the popular culture’s answer and a desire to be a part of that vengeance, would seem to satisfy.   I went to bed with these emotions.  Sleep was troubled, to say the very least.

The Word of God is the answer to every, EVERY situation, circumstance, sin, pain, loss.  This morning I turned to the only answer…His word.  In James I found the above instruction.  Wrath does not produce righteousness..hmmmm?  So why do I need to produce righteousness?  I thought I was already “righteous in Christ”?  Well, yes, but it is also something that becomes an established part of our soul.  It is a breastplate (protection).  Finally, it is the weapon of our warfare in the healing of these hurting people.

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed [of  this wrath] The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.  (James 5:16 NKJV)

What can I, a mere human, do with this kind of emotion?  I can pray.  Pray for God’s forgiveness, pray for the ability to forgive the person and pray for the healing of them both.  He promises my prayer avails much.