Do you want some good news? Reports are revealing that more Muslims are converting to Christianity in our time than in the previous 1500 years. That is good news. Of course many of them, primarily women and children, are being executed for their faith.
Various news media sources and social media posts are publishing pictures of these executions. I applaud the courage of these new converts to stand strong in their faith when it would seem to be easier to recant and live a few more days or years. This brings to mind a question for believers in our country who seem to go to their churches to be entertained, “Would you stand strong in your faith if your life was threatened for doing so?”
Even though companies and businesses get most of the publicity along with celebrities for speaking out against state and national laws that support what was once called “traditional values,” there are some businesses and corporations and celebrities that do speak out in support of these time honored values. We don’t hear much about them however. Given the choice, these are the businesses that I will support.
There was a time in our nation’s history that Christians were united vocally and with their pocketbooks in support of enterprises that supported those traditional values which were for the most part biblically based. The enterprises that took the opposite position suffered mightily for their anti biblical bias. It is a sad statement for our so called Christian organizations that many pastors and church leaders are now coming out in favor of lifestyles that are in direct opposition to the Bible they claim to preach and teach.
I see Facebook posts and Twitter tweets that put forth how terrible it is for churches to ban people with anti biblical lifestyles. The claim is that these churches just don’t love the sinners. I will say that to a certain degree that I concur with that position. It is true that if we examine who Jesus reached out to while He walked the Earth, we would see that He reached out to people that the religious leaders shunned.
There is a difference in reaching out to people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ for their salvation and reaching out to people by celebrating their sinful lifestyles. Jesus did tell them, “Go and sin no more.”
Real love is bringing someone to the realization of their sin and how that separates him or her from the desired relationship with God. With that separation the destiny of that person will be an endless eternity in the torment of a real Hell.
Real love will move us to do whatever we have to do to change that eternal destination from that Hell to the blessedness of eternity with the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. That will by necessity cause a person to take their eyes off of themselves and begin to look to Jesus Christ. It’s getting where that is considered hate speech instead of love.
But I would still say, “Don’t give up. Keeping praying and let God do what He does best: change hearts and lives.”