Each of my children, when they were babies, loved to be rocked to sleep by the lullaby "Hush Little Baby." "Hush Little Baby, don't say a word, Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird..."
It was a sweet, soft lullaby with no real meaning other than it is one of the few songs I can sing in pitch that didn't make the babies cry.
We, as the Body of Christ known as the Church, have had a gut-wrenching summer. From shootings in a Charleston church, to church burnings, to the Supreme Court's decision to make homosexual marriage the law of the land, and now to the videoed recordings of high-up Planned Parenthood executives discussing selling off precious organs from murdered babies. No wonder the Holy Spirit has been grieved in my heart and I'm sure, in your's as well.
What is most disturbing to me, though, are the comments on social media. Non-believers who join in on Christian social media pages and groups only to spitefully and with venom spit Scripture from our Bible back to us. "The Bible says 'don't judge," these Bible-spitters say. "The Bible says God loves us all," is something else that is commented. There are some brave Christians who give it back to them, and are told "turn the other cheek."
How do non-believers know more Scripture than followers of Christ?
Matthew 4:1-11 relays the story of when Jesus was tested in the wilderness by satan. "After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry," the Bible says, so satan attacked when Jesus was weakened physically. How did satan attack? With Scripture. “If you are the Son of God,” [satan] said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning youso that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'" Jesus answered him,
I saw news reports that LGBT men and women were holding mock crucifixions while kissing members of the same sex, wiping their anuses with torn pages of God's Word -- if this makes Christians sad, how much more does it make the Lamb of God, Who died for their sins, sad?
How much more does it make the Lion of Judah angry?
Here's the thing: angry, vehement anti-Christians use our own Scriptures against us, out of context, and out of the context that grace that only Jesus gives. And we are quiet. We turn the other cheek. This passage, found in Matthew 5:38-42, about turning the other cheek, is about revenge. We are not to be vengeful toward others. But we are to stand up for Jesus.
Matthew 10:32-33 states that "Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven." I personally would rather make godless heathens on Facebook, whom I have no intention of meeting, angry, than make God angry or disappointed in me.
What can Christians do? Know the Bible. Study it. Hide it in your hearts. Know it better than the enemy knows it. It is not a shame when nonbelievers quote Scripture; it is shameful when Christians, who should know when Scripture is taken out of context and the only offensive weapon is turned on them (see the Armor of God in Ephesians 6) sits back, says,. well, he's right, we shouldn't judge.... we are not called to condemn but we are called to make a evaluation (or judgement if you will) on whom to share the Gospel. We are called to stand up for Christ.
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work," 2 Timothy 3:16-17. How can we teach, rebuke, correct and train up if we cower and back down from people who take Scripture out of context, use it against us, and therefore gag the Body of Christ to keep her from talking?
Do you know Whom we serve? Christians serve the Lion of Judah, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. We serve a Risen Lord Who has crushed death. We serve the Great and Holy One, the Great I AM. How dare we cower when we know Who wins in this epic battle between good and evil!
One might say, it's just a social media post, doesn't mean anything. Do you devalue your witness so terribly? Christian, dust off your Bible. Get in a Bible-believing, Word of God-preaching church, and pay attention. We are living in the last days. Jesus is coming back -- soon. Are you ready to be held accountable for the times you didn't share Jesus or stand up for Him?
(c) 2015 Terrie McKee
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