Good Friday morning ...
Interesting, isn't it?
People can go wild over almost anything ... football, basketball, art, music, TV shows ... and they are respected as "fans."
But let anybody get excited about God ... about Jesus Christ ... about the Bible ... about morality ... and he's ridiculed as a fanatic.
Some people are really afraid of the influence of religious faith in this country. And because their argument is so weak or failing and because reason doesn't work for them ... they turn to ridicule. Ridicule is generally the last resort when losing a debate or argument. If you can’t win on legitimate points … ridicule your opponent. Put him down. Slander him if necessary.
Of course, ridicule has always been the Christian critic's stock in trade, perhaps because they know we are to “turn the other cheek” and will probably just give in. But today the ridicule seems to be poured on more than ever! It comes from all angles, sideswipes us on every front, attacks from every corner, bombards from every avenue.
As Christians we are mandated by Jesus to be involved in all of life. To not be involved is to deny our call to discipleship.
We are to be "in the world, but not of it."
We are to live in the world as citizens of the Kingdom of God AND as citizens of earth. Not something that's easy to do. In fact, something that is impossible to do without the grace, the faith, the confidence we get in knowing that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us [Philippians 4:13].
"Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us. Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor." [I Peter 2:12-17]
Have a great weekend in the Lord ... living the life of faith before an unbelieving world ...