God has tasked me with being a witness for Him both in person and online. Some of the online stuff is relatively easy and pleasant, like being here and sharing what’s going on. Other times, it’s truly challenging to be and do what God has for me to be and do because I am led to message boards where there are quite a few who are hostile to God and His way of life and love.
Many of the online articles have to do with the LGBT community. Some address extra biblical beliefs such as the rapture. You get the idea. It seems like whatever I share, some will either get offended or even incensed.
The other day, I commented on an article about the rapture, showing that it’s an extra biblical idea that had its origin in the dreams of a young Scottish girl. It was perpetuated by John Darby. While scripture does indeed say that Christ will return in power and glory and we who are His will meet Him in the air, it does not say that we who are God’s will escape the horror of the tribulation. Even the children of Israel had to endure 9 of the 10 plagues. Anyway, I obviously got some in their comfort zones, and they attacked me big time. Some actually accused me of causing division and disunity among brethren when all I was doing was stating the truth found in God’s word. My concern is about what could happen if those who hold the rapture as a kind of spiritual safety net realize it’s not happening. How will that affect their relationship with God? Will it cause them to miss out on the blessing of an eternity with God because they fall away?
Yesterday, I faced a challenge of a different kind. The article was about the militancy of the LGBT crowd. Some of us rightly called it bullying. Right now, they have the heart of the media and government and are focused on “equality”, “rights” and things like that. It really challenged me spiritually to not react to their accusations but to respond as God led. Praise God that He gave me beautiful answers that those warring with words could not refute. One guy actually accused me of committing blasphemy. God’s answer was for the guy to be careful whom he accused of blasphemy. The Pharisees and Sadducees wrongly accused Jesus of that just like he wrongly accused me.
Then, there was a thread accusing me and others of being haters because we support Christian business owners who won’t provide goods and services for same sex celebrations. That’s exercising spiritual conscience, but these people were having none of that. They kept bringing up how they feel when they experience what they think is discrimination. It’s a sad thing when a person clings to his narrative and refuses to see another narrative that substantially differs. God gave me the patience and the words to make the point of spiritual conscience plain. It’s a witness. It’s up to the person to accept or reject it.
Of course you know that neither God nor we who are His hate anyone. God doesn’t condone LGBT anything, and neither do I. It doesn’t mean I can’t find other areas to connect to the people and indeed show that I do appreciate and support them as long as there is no spiritual conscience conflict.
The time is coming when believers will not be able to conduct business because of man’s laws and penalties. That’s a sobering thought, but it’s reality. I trust God to work all things for good when that happens and provide for needs like food, clothing and shelter. Jesus did tell us to take up our cross and follow Him. He did not promise an easy life. He did promise, though, that all who endure to the end will be saved. I pray that for you.
Pray with me, please: Father God, this world is becoming increasingly hostile towards those of us who are Yours. You did command us to come out of her, and being aware of the differences between living Your way and the world’s way when there’s a conflict is surely part of that. Thanks for equipping us with whatever we need to move forward being and doing what You have for us to be and do. Thanks for helping us keep our eyes on You and not on the storm around us. Help us to spiritually walk on water just like You did Peter, Jesus. And thanks for rescuing us when we do begin to sink. In Your name, Jesus, amen.
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