Confident Faith - December 2017

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One of my favorite movies is the 1985 western "Silverado" starring Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, and Danny Glover. Glover plays "Mal", a prodigal son character who left his parents' farm for the big city, Chicago. He eventually decides the city is not for him only to return and find his father living in a cave after his farm had been stolen, his mother dead, and his sweet little sister survivng as a saloon floozy consorting with a cheating gambler. Mal is frequently heard saying "That ain't right!" and goes about setting things right. His part intertwines with the other heroes who are doing the same thing from different directions all converging on the corrupt rancher and sheriff who have taken over the town of Silverado.

Proverbs 24:11-12 is a call to action for us in situations that prompt a "That ain't right!" response:

"Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back. If you say, "See, we did not know this," Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?"

This passage does not leave inaction as an option. Jesus did not take a pass on the "That ain't right!" of sin. He stood up, took on human form, and walked all the way to a bloody cross for us. God's word should compel us to action - to stand and not be quiet in the face of lies, and to present a gracious yet firm reason for the Truth - the "Hope within us" of 1 Peter 3:15. How are we doing standing up to evil?

As an example. look at the German Christians who largely rolled over as Nazisim grew in 1930's Germany. A few stood and paid the price but most just sang hymns louder as the trainloads passed enroute to the extermination camps. Look at the American church that largely rolls over in the face of cultural pressure for abortion and same sex marriage. Let me make a staggering point. The German holocaust may have killed over 20 million people, but since Roe v Wade legalized abortion in the United States, close to 60 million human beings have been killed!

Don't get me wrong. I appreciate those who are right-minded on abortion and other evils, those who pray, and those who take the extra step to give money to organizations like Life Choices -- but the action words "Deliver" and "hold them back" of Prov 24:11-12 are a call for active personal involvement, a call for action!

"That ain't right" situations in the world need to be confronted with Confident Christianity in Action. What are you doing?

Harold

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