Live In The Past
Now, I know that what I’m going to say here will be very controversial. It will have many Christians fired up and angry with me. Maybe you’ll think I’m just too fanatical.
It goes against all logic, all emotion and all carnal reasoning. (Even in MY mind and soul…)
BUT, if we would take time to go back to what became a cliche back in the 90’s as a personal motto for adherents of Evangelical Christianity, to act in a manner that would demonstrate the love of Jesus through our actions, we would “do what Jesus did.” What Would Jesus Do?
We have seen brutal men take over cities, viciously murder, rape and behead men women and children in the middle east. It made me want to take action against them too.
Do we need to sit passively by and do nothing to protect ourselves or our families? Well, yes and no. I know that guns and weapons kill people. Even a sword can do pretty good job of killing a person.
So it’s NOT the weapon, it’s the heart of an evil man that uses the weapon to carry out an evil act against those who are innocent.
Now, here’s the tough part for most believers to deal with… Jesus said something very difficult for most believers to receive.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says some very hard things to hear and obey. Without the power of His Spirit helping make it happen in your life, it can’t.
27 “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
This is simply impossible unless God empowers you to be able to do it.
Does He empower us to do it as Christians? Yes. The problem is, that it takes “faith” and trust in God to be our defender.
When we see that people (Christians) in other parts of the world are slaughtered, imprisoned and tortured for being Christians, we begin to have “fear” that our families could also be a victim of that same brutality, if we don’t DO something to stop them.
The Word of God tells us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Now there are some Christians that have fled their homes to escape the brutality. That’s another option sometimes. Sometimes you have to flee.
The Apostle Paul escaped when believers let him down the outside city wall to avoid certain death.
We do everything we can to avoid pain, sorrow, discomfort and protect those we love, but the Bible says something that many times Christians forget.
Romans 14:22-23 is where Paul says, “Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.” (Now, I know this was talking about eating particular foods, but the principle remains.)
The main issue is, “Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” Let’s look at the basic issue of eating meats and offending our brothers who didn’t believe they should eat meat.
Paul goes over the issues in Romans chapter 14. 14 Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. 2 For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. 3 Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. 4 Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord;[a] and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written:
“As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”
12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.
I believe for me, I have no other choice but to trust the Lord for my protection and safety. I do not own a gun. I have thought about it and have talked about it with my wife and we agree.
Psalm 91 means something to me. God’s Word means everything to me. His Son means everything to me. I do not condemn anyone claiming their faith as a Christian who believes they will need a gun to protect themselves and their family, but for me and my house we will “trust” the Lord.
The history of the nation of Israel and whenever men and leaders would look to the Lord for their deliverance, safety and protection, He was always faithful to deliver them.
The Lord God has delivered me more times than I can tell you here, but I am convinced that whatever we face in this nation, we will do it with God as our protector.
As Christians, we all have a choice and an opportunity to trust God with our lives and our families lives.
I used to have a gun years ago. It was stolen from our apartment and I never replaced it.
Here’s the bottom line that I want all of you to consider…
Without God protecting you, without Him protecting your family, your possessions, your home, do you really think you will be able to protect yourself in an onslaught of evil?
And if you do have to use a gun to stop a burglar, a rapist or even Islamic terrorists climbing through your window, shots will be fired.
People will die or be seriously wounded. There will be consequences that you will have to face or maybe death for you and your family.
Without a gun, you may still face death, but you won’t have any consequences to face. Your attacker will, but you won’t.
We are ALL headed for eternity. We are ALL going to enter eternity “with or without” something to be ashamed about when we stand before the Lord.
Jesus said in Luke 18:8, “When I return to earth again, will I find faith?” Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?
I pray He does at my house.