When I was a kid sometimes a challenge from a rival would be uttered and it would go something like" I DARE YOU TO CROSS THIS LINE" after he would with a stick or his finger draw a real or imagined one in the sand in front of himself.The idea was supposed to imply that if the line was crossed there would be consequences to be faced by the line drawer.
I have been thinking and watching and listening for some time as the adversary (devil) has drawn lines and "DARED" followers of Christ to step over. As any "MACHO KID" would tell you A dare can not be ignored if you want to maintain your status as being "HIP, COOL,BAD ETC...sometimes when the line was crossed the drawer discovered that his power to carry out the consequences was not sufficient and HE would lose the contest.The Devil works a little differently in that by appearing weak he is strong.often Christians submitting to the "DARES" of the devil find themselves unchallenged and facing little or no consequnces,this of course becomes a temptation to continue across the line, where the consequences become more and more severe and a trap springs closed.
God draws lines too, and there are dire consequences to be faced when crossing those lines, however much like the devils delayed consequences,so too are Gods, the difference being His love and Patience, and Grace & Mercy toward mankind,but his Wrath is not idle and one day will be unleashed on those who either crossed GODS lines or The devils.
So here is some things to ponder,to those of us who name CHRIST as our savior, and claim to be submitted to HIM.
1. HOW FAR ACROSSED ANY LINE DRAWN IS ACCEPTABLE TO GOD?
2. CAN PARTS OF A CHRISTIANS LIFE BE SEPERATED FROM EACH OTHER?
Thoughts on question 1:
let me elaborate,we all are sinners and cross the line to our old self in some ways every day,and temptation is part of the normal experience of every christian.This is not what I am referring to,rather upon crossing the line a stronger temptation to linger on the wrong side.The continued action of this results in "SECRET SIN" or sometimes referred to as "BESETTING SIN" the senses and conscience become dulled and you begin to rationalize that what you are involved in isnt too bad and find ways to suppose that GOD doesnt mind your activities.This is due to our faulty system of classification of sin instead of recognizing GODS view and acceptance of HIS HOLY & PERFECT standard.so in reality any distance of crossing the line is UNACCEPTABLE.in fact if we consider GODS initial warning concerning sinful behavior,we are not even supposed to approach the line!!!
Thoughts on Question 2:
I know a few people who Claim to be CHRISTIAN and indeed display some of the FRUITS and characteristics that the BIBLE says we will know them by, in other words as far as I am able to discern, THEY are TRUE BELIEVERS.Here is where I question their faith, the example I am about to convey is but one of any number of scenarios I could speak to. These BELIEVERS all vote and support the DEMOCRATIC party and agenda. Now the arguments I most often find myself in is one of TWO, either NOT ALL DEMOCRATS HOLD TO THE EXTREME LIBERALISM DICTATED BY THE MAJORITY OF THE PARTY OR I SEPERATE MY RELIGIOUS VIEWS FROM MY POLITICAL VIEWS.by way of illustration let me relate a story from my youth, let me start by saying that though there is aprinciple to be learned by the following I am not saying that I executed the best JUDGMENT in carring out the rebuke.....
"I ATTENED FOR A SHORT TIME, WITH SOME FRIENDS A VERY STRICT BAPTIST CHURCH, ("WE DONT SMOKE WE DONT CHEW WE DONT GO WITH KIDS WHO DO")THEY WERE AGAINST ANY AND ALL TYPES OF WORLDLY ACTIVITIES,PLAYING,CARDS,DANCING,GOING TO MOVIES ETC...ONE WEEKEND I & A FRIEND WENT TO THE MOVIES AND WATCHED SOME FAMILY FRIENDLY MOVIE DISNEY OR SOME TYPE, WORD REACHED THE PASTOR OF THIS BREACH OF CHURCH ALLOWENCE AND I WAS CONFRONTED. THOUGH I PLEADED MY CASE IN THE MOVIE BEING A G RATED FAMILY FRIENDLY MOVIE THE PASTORS REBUKE WENT SOMETHING LIKE THIS,
"THAT DOESNT MATTER BECAUSE SOME OF THE MONEY THAT YOU GAVE THEM WILL GO TO PRESENT UNGODLY TYPE FILMS.YOU NEED TO PRAY AND REPENT OF YOUR SIN "
BEING YOUNG AND REBELLIOUS, I POSED TO HIM A QUESTION,
"PASTOR, DO YOU AND YOUR WIFE EVER SHOP AT THE LOCAL SUPERMARKET?"
TO WHICH HE AGREED THAT THEY DID. I REMINDED HIM THAT THIS PARTICULAR STORE SOLD,ALCHOHOL, PLAYBOYS, TOBACCO AND OTHER SUCH OBJECTIONABLES AND THAT DUE TO HIS SUPPORT NEEDED TO ALSO REPENT!
I WAS PROMPTLY REMOVED FROM THE CHURCH AND ASKED NOT TO RETURN!!
the point I am getting at is when is support to objectionable activities alowable? certainly shopping at the local stores and markets that sell unscrupulous items is not sinning, however what about, working as a clerk in one of the stores in question? or how about owning one?if you think about those things for a minuet you can come to a Biblical based conclusion....so then how about political views or allegience? which scenario best describes the above examples, WORKING FOR OR OWNING?
The Bible states "BE HOLY EVEN AS I AM HOLY..." the word HOLY means seperate or different it means to cast your allegience with GODS view of the world and mankind,SINFUL & EVIL. it means to ILLUMINE THE DARKNESS with the light of promise offered in CHRIST, it means to withdraw from the accepted worldview and cling to the CROSS.
It is impossible for a true follower of CHRIST to divide his life into sections such as RELIGIOUS & POLITICAL remember CHRISTS ADMONITION "WHAT FELLOWSHIP HAS LIGHT WITH DARK..."
I am interested in your thoughts and ideas concerning this so please think about it and reply and perhaps we can learn some things together through this conversation.
THE BATTLE RAGES TIL THE LION SOON ROARS!