12
Apr
15

A TANGLED WEB

“Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm and said, ‘Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me. Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?  Or do you have an arm like God, And can you thunder with a voice like His?'” – Job 40:6-9

During the difficult throws of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln fought to keep the union the nation intact while trying to stay true to the principles that He believed were Godly.  One day, it is said that during a particularly trying time, an aid to President Lincoln asked him, “Mr. President, have you prayed today for God to be on our side?”  He replied in a deeply introspective manner, “No, I have not prayed for God to be on our side, but I have prayed that we are on His side.” 

These times in America are troubling times in which to carry the banner of the Christ with humility and confidence.  If we try to live our lives according to our faith, we are called fools.  If we stand on the unwavering principles that God’s Holy Word teaches, we are called haters, bigots and ignorant.  If we merely call sin for what it is, then we are called out as being judgmental and to shut up, when in reality, we are called to “stand in the gap” (Ezekiel 22:30).

We must understand first that such attacks are not unprecedented in church history, but just an offense that we have not had to endure in America until lately.  In fact, Jesus taught us to expect such vicious attacks:  “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you” (John 15:19).  Perhaps these attacks that we face are not a sign that we are on the wrong side of the battle, but the right side of the battle.

It is important to know that Christians are not on this earth to gain the approval of the world, but to gain the approval of our Lord.  Doing such will involve attacks, accusations and name-callings that we have probably never endured before.  In doing so, we “let our light so shine before men” so that we might be a light in the darkness.

Finally, we must recognize that questioning God and what He says is right, just, holy, and good will ultimately only come out one way.  Can the creation judge, condemn and instruct the holy creator?  “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive!”  Only if the creation has the awesome strength of God Almighty and the powerful voice to proclaim death to sin and evil.

Pray, Christians!  Pray like never before!  Stand on the principles of the revealed Word of God, and you shall be on the right side!

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