Step Up!

crossI’ve noticed something within the last few years that seems to be indicative of the times and world we now live in.  I’m referring to the overabundance of people and small interest groups overtly bashing Christians and the church for our belief and faith in God.  I find it laughable yet dangerous when atheists prowl through the Christian themed tags of this website openly denouncing Christ as a myth and trying to convince Christians to question their faith.  I’ve observed many small interest groups, supporters of homosexuality and proponents of humanism criticize Christians as intolerant, hate-filled people.  It has become popular to be accepting of all beliefs floating around out there regardless of how damaging they are to people and society as a whole.

“First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.  They will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?  Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’  But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.  By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgement and destruction of ungodly men.”

2 Peter 3:3-7

It should come as no surprise to Christians that the world lies in wait to demean the work of our Savior Jesus Christ.  But our Lord is still gracious.  He still wishes for the salvation of those that are lost, those who would do anything to deny or disprove him (2 Peter 3:9).  It is through Christians and the church that those who are lost will find Him.  We must step up!  We must set aside any personal agenda we may have and work to spread the lifesaving gospel of Jesus Christ.  We must first set an example with our own lives so those in the world who see us may see the light of Jesus (2 Peter 3:11-12).  But we cannot affect the world through example only!  We must openly proclaim and acknowledge the sovereignty and grace of Jesus to a lost world.  We must be bold and proud to serve a risen Savior and  let the lost know that they will only find life if they are willing to lose it for the sake of Christ.

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.  So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord.”

2 Timothy 1:7-8

-Joe

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