world is a place of confusion and turmoil in the year 2002. People everywhere
are searching for peace and harmony. For far too long the Church of Jesus
Christ has claimed that there is peace and joy and happiness in Jesus Christ
and yet a very great meny who call themselves Christians are just as worried
and fearful as their unsaved and sometimes ungodly neighbors. Oh me? Is
Many of you have probably heard
one preacher or another ask the question, "If it were a crime to be a Christian,
would ,there be enough evidence to convict you? Can you think of any reason
why anyone who works with you or is closely associated with you would want
the kind of Christianity you show by the way you live and act?
Can those around you see Christ
in you, the hope of glory? (Colossians 1:27). Why would your friends
or even your own sons and daugheters want to be the kind of Christian they
see you being? Do they see you full of the hope of someday being with Jesus
forever? Or do they see you wanting to prolong your days on eart for just
as long as you can? Do they see you really looking forward to the "catching
away" of the church to be with Jesus forever, also known as the "Rapture?"
When there is a need, do they see youy respond in confidence that truly
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28).
|How about your health?
You say you reqally trust the Lord for your healing and health, but is
your medicine cabinet full of Anacin and aspirin and Nyquil and Robitussin
and antibiotic medicines to kill germs and Darvon and Librium and whatever
the latest medical fads are promoting? Do you run to the doctor every time
you have a sniffle or some little ache or pain? Your children see you as
you really are. Do they see in you, their parent, someone who really does
trust the Lord for healing and rebukes the imps of Satan at the first sign
of any kind of sickness and then never really get sick.
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself
why so many children of church-going parents become at best careless about
their Christianity and at worst, absolutely hostile to the Gospel and Christianity?
Of course many of you will lay all the blame at "peer pressaure" or the
bad influence of their school classmates or teachers or television, but
stop and think a moment. Of course we do live in a modern generation that
has many frills and bells and whistles that simply did not exist when you
and I were growing up, but human nature still much the same and is for
children to follow the lead of their parents and trust their parents for
sound advice. Oh, I know all the television "sitcoms" would have us believe
that all children distrust their parents, but this is not a real generality.
If your children do not trust your word more than thje word of any other
person, it is probably because at some time they have observed you telling
a "little white lie".
— S. M. S.