In the American culture, over the past several decades, Christians have lived on the backs of former revivals, the happened generations ago. The American Christian has been able to live a comparatively comfortable life compared to our international counterparts. Because of the high level of lifestyle and low level of persecution in America, Christians have been able to live a life of ease and comfort, until now! What we need is to take a stand for God, no matter the cost!
Today, we are seeing the culture clash with true Christianity. In our churches, pastors are clashing with their fellowships because the truth that they are serving up is distasteful to many who used to attend church. People have stopped attending many churches because either the church and pastor do not teach the Bible enough or in some cases, they do take a stand and teach the Bible, the truth being offensive.
Polarization in the Culture
There is a real polarization that is happening in American churches. Because of the consumerism of today’s church going, there are many without a church because they cannot find one that fits their culture well enough. Instead the Bible should be creating the culture for our churches instead of the World.
The “Western Culture” is at a point, where they are not bearing with Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Existentialism has won out, which means, whatever your truth is, and that is good for you and everyone should put up with it. We are seeing this played out in government schools, where God and Christianity are not welcome, but Eastern meditation, Atheism, Psychology, and Islam are welcome there. We are seeing this played out with the LGBTQIA+ movement. The name gets longer each year for who is included. The + sign now covers everything not come up with yet.
The sad thing is, that the movement believes that Christians hate them. But God loves each person, but they often confuse taking a stand for truth and hate as the same thing. Really, those who speak the truth are the ones who truly love.
We Need to Take a Stand!
We are at a precipice where we each need to take a stand for what is right. As a Christian, this means that the Bible is the basis for truth and I need to base truth on what is said. Our culture today has an absence of truth which has come from its Philosophy that there is no absolute truth. The culture is putting pressure on Christians to compromise our faith or take a stand. May I emphatically encourage you to take a stand with me?! Take a stand with the Lord! Take a stand with God’s Word!
In the book of Esther, Mordecai had to take a stand. He stood when everyone else bowed to Haman. There are always Haman’s looking for everyone to bow to them. But as Christians, since we know the truth of who Jesus Christ is, we bow to Him alone. The Haman’s of the World are asking us to bow to the new sexual revolution, bow to existentialism, and bow to the culture and their ever changes norms.
Bible Verses that Help to Take a Stand
There are a few Bible verses that help us take a stand in this time of pressure to bow:
John 15:18-19 KJV – “18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
John 17:14-16 KJV – “14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”1 John 5:19 KJV – “19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”
John 12:31 KJV– 31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
We are Different from the World
James 4:4 KJV – 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
1 John 2:15-17 KJV – 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
This Place is not Our Home
This life is to have minimal importance to us. Yeah, keep the hotel room organized; keep some minimal necessities and a few favorites with you. But let’s store our treasure in heaven instead of here on Earth.
Let’s not worry about what the culture is telling us is the norm. Because this is our temporary residence. This place is not our home. We need to stand for the Lord, be the influencers and give hope to a lost and dying world and not be influenced by a generation, a world that is hopeless. They need us to take a stand to show them the way, the truth, the Life….Who is Jesus Christ!
Do you feel far from God? Like any relationship, our relationship with God requires work. In order to feel close to God, we have to know God. In order to know God, we must spend time with him
Think about a car. Eventually, a car runs out of gas and needs to be refueled. Our spiritual lives are just like cars. If we don’t refuel our hearts, we will be empty tanks unable to function.
GET REAL WITH YOURSELF. HOW ARE YOU AND GOD DOING?
In the busyness of life, it is easy to stop spending time with God. I want to challenge you to invest in your relationship with Him. Not only is it the most important relationship you’ll ever have, but it also helps you have better relationships with everyone else in your life. If you are struggling in your relationship with God, check out the tips below to learn how to keep your relationship fresh.
10 WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS FRESH
To know God, we have to spend time with Him. Even Jesus had to spend time with God, and he is God! How important is it then that we mere humans spend time with God?