There are numerous so-called Christians who are rapid-firing at some very conservative Christians in the public arena. Most recently is Christine O’Donnell. That uproar really isn’t about who believes what about God. It is solely about how the established way of things done in Washington is undergoing reconstruction. That kind of reconstruction is painful in ways that only we Christians understand because we face it every day as we grow in Him.
That is the hidden cause of this outcry so lightly called family squabbles. Let’s look objectively for a moment at the type of things Bible-toting, Christ-believing public leaders are facing…
Governor Sarah Palin faced a crushing weight of legal fees from ethics accusations because Alaska law requires a court inquiry over any allegation of ethics violations whether it is substantiated or just a puff of wind. The cost was staggering for Alaska as well. Palin stepped down from the governorship so that Alaska would not have to foot the bill for more unsubstantiated lies.
Dr. Alveda King faced unwarranted ire and ugly accusations because she stood in front of the whole country to talk about her uncle’s dream. Some even said she had no right to stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Who better has the right than Martin Luther King’s niece who said in Atlanta, “We were a group more than 100 strong, in Atlanta to declare that abortion is the greatest violation of civil rights in our day. We brought a wreath to lay at Uncle Martin’s grave while we prayed, but due to a King Center official’s barricade at the gravesite, we weren’t allowed. The National Park Service said that would constitute a demonstration.”
When we take a stand for what is right and what is Biblical, we face exactly this kind of resistance simply because Jesus is evident not only in what we say, but also in our lifestyle. If we are not being persecuted, then there is something wrong with the way we live. Oh, we can certainly hide inside our churches, and we can find some “safe havens”, but the real test is in the world.
Jesus said, “Blessed are they who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake! For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven”. (Matthew5:10) He also said, “Remember the Word which I said to you, A slave is not greater than his lord. If they persecuted Me, they also will persecute you. If they kept My Word, they also will keep yours.” (John 15:20)
It is a given certainty that we will suffer trials and tribulations. Sometimes the trials and tribulations we suffer are not just those common to mankind, but those that are prompted by the Holy Spirit for righteousness sake so that He can convict the world of sin. So pray for our country. Pray for our leaders. This week Charles Stanley is calling for us to pray that the deceit and deceptions that come from our leaders will be exposed to the Light of Truth. Pray that truth prevails in Jesus name, Amen.