“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.” – 2 Timothy 3:1-2 (NLT)
Every morning that I am allowed to arise, I realize one simple truth…I really ain’t nothing too special. Oh, I may be privileged with being one of Bill Welte’s Freedom Fighter writers but in the very basics of the day … I am nothing too special. I wake up telling myself it’s a good day to die to self, but in that I’ll have a moment of failure. I will understand that I am to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God. But then I find myself huffin’-n-puffin’ towards somebody’s Grandmother at the grocery store while she sifts through her coupons after they ring her up (don’t go to Wal-Mart with me). I’ll love the LORD my GOD with everything I got, but loving that coworker is gonna be the end of what little bit of patience I got. Who can save me from this body of death?!
Then I turn on the news…I may not be so bad after all (now don’t quote me on that).
First thing I gotta acknowledge is today’s passage of Scripture. It was written a really long time ago by a guy who once thought himself the bees-knees when it came to Kingdom principles. But one encounter on the road to Damascus with the Jesus later and his life was radically changed. His ministry focused in on how to follow what Christ taught and how to apply His principles in your everyday life. Now this warning that he wrote to a younger man had been written during a time period in history when the Roman Empire’s methods of attrition were considered worthy of a Saturday afternoon matinee, all done to entertain some poor excuse of a god/Emperor named Caesar and those who were to worship him. Now it’s a few thousand years later … and ya know what? This kinda behavior hasn’t gone away.
So, with that, I can’t say that everything’s bad out there in Hollywood, but what I can say is the theology that is coming out of there is idolatry on steroids. It truly believes that it is the compass pointer for good moral conduct and is in a tizzy over the President-elect. Now in the world of politics we’ve got “elected public servants” who have forgotten they are “elected public servants” and are right in step with that Hollywood mentality. They both argue the definition of “role model” without regard to what behavioral pattern they’re attaching to and both Hollywood and Washington D.C. are acting like the rest of us will fall apart without them. I say…THROW THEM TO THE LIONS and see if their god/gods will save them.
Alright, so maybe that won’t happen to them (still…might do them some good) but it did happen to a guy named Daniel. Daniel lived in time that can pretty much reflect our own. A law was signed that ALL praise and worship was to be given to King Darius the Mede but was really intended to remove Daniel from his position in King Darius’ government. Daniel had a moral code that was God honoring and he did whatever he could to maintain it. Of course, those of us who know the story remember that Daniel was thrown into a lion’s den. But the coolest part of this is that the GOD he gave his praise and worship to protected him and convinced King Darius that Daniel’s God was truly GOD.
And I believe this is the position we’re gonna have to take. Things are looking pretty iffy out there in Secularland. It seems that they are willing to devour their own just to have a say so but that doesn’t mean and shouldn’t mean it has to be us. If we open The Book that the citizens of Secularland wish we would keep closed, we will find this encouragement; “They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:8b-9)
Remember my brothers (and sisters) that this race isn’t meant for the swift, its meant for the strong and if your strength has its foundation built on the ROCK that is Jesus Christ you will run until it’s time to go home. Amen?
Written by Chris Hughes: Chris, a graduate of The Colony of Mercy (11-2003) is married (Kathy) with two adult children (Kevin and Karen) and has been a Freedom Fighter contributor since 2008.
Daily Quote: “Now brethren, this is one of our greatest faults in our Christians lives. We are allowing too many rivals of God. We actually have too many gods. We have too many irons in the fire. We have too much theology we don’t understand. We have too much churchly institutionalism. We have too much religion. Actually, I guess we just have too much of too much.” —A.W. Tozer
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. – Psalm 28:7