Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Don’t Ask About It – Don’t Tell About It

We hear quite a lot in the news these days about the military “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy. This thinking has infiltrated most of society. We have isolated ourselves from others in our homes.  The only relationships we are willing to invest in are cyber relationships. Behind this wall of defense, we can be anyone we want to be, without any true investment. Before cell phones or the internet, we had to make an effort to develop relationships.

As Christians, we know that our Father is all about personal encounters that build relationships. We have to be out there in society building and restoring relationships. If we are truly loving and caring people, we should see the pain in someone’s life; know that they are lost and confused. Being able to see right through a fake smile, a cheery response, and inquire deeper, if we care to know. This is where the “don’t ask-don’t tell” lie gets it’s feet. Do we really care about one another?

The scripture says that in the last days sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold (Matthew 24:12). I’ve seen this in the last two decades. Neighbors don’t know neighbors; families are separated by divorce and many people live secret lives in turmoil, afraid to ask for help. This is evident by the cyber bullying that drives our youth to suicide.

The lie that has spread in the Christian arena and reveals it’s self as “faith is a private matter.” Many Christians seem to think that “living a quite life and minding your own business” means not to be too concerned with another’s struggle or their salvation. We are the vessels chosen by God to share the good news. Being salt and light to the lost, not resting on our laurels, secure in our own salvation. We have an enemy who will stop at nothing to tear us apart and prevent the spread of the gospel.

We might carve out an hour or two, to gather together but as quickly as the meeting is over, we go home and go about our own lives. Some believe they have done their duty by making an appearance and may leave feeling good, but do nothing with the encounter they have experienced. The purpose of meeting with God is to be changed, to be inspired and to go out and bring the gospel message to our neighbors.

Why are we not as eager as the early church to complete our mission? The scriptures say that God built the church and drew thousands to faith in Christ in short period of time. The growth came with believers risking everything to tell others about Jesus Messiah, not sitting in their homes praying for growth. They went out daily to tell everyone they encountered about Jesus; continued  to learn more about Jesus and to praise the Lord for everything he was doing.(Acts 2:41-47)

Can you remember that last time that a stranger brought you the good news about Jesus?
I believe the final moments of the Church age are here, and I there is little time left before the Lord comes as the conquering King and sets his throne physically on the earth. (Revelation 20:4) The bible describes the horrors for those who have rejected the saving grace of Jesus and many lives will be lost. A great time of wrath is coming; something more devastating than the world has ever experience or will ever again.

Don’t you think it’s time to do away with the “don’t ask about it-don’t tell about it” policy?

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