Lost Causes

The United States seems to be in the midst of a cultural “civil war” with Christians on both sides. Many of my conservative Christian friends are upset at the results of the presidential election, while some more liberal Christian friends see the results as a good thing. Believers on the “Religious Right” look at the Democrats’ stances on abortion and gay marriage and see them as being in direct defiance of what the Bible teaches. Those on the other side look at the Republican plan and accuse them of neglecting the verses about caring for the poor and showing no favoritism to the rich. Even though we were meant to be united in Christ, the Church seems to be split over whether the letter of the Word or the spirit of the Word is more important. They are divided over interpretations and preferences. And if we look around at how many different denominations there are, it really shouldn’t come to us as any big surprise!

Lincoln Memorial
Abraham Lincoln led America through some divisive years

At times, it can be downright depressing, as people on each side feel like they’re fighting an uphill battle for the principles they hold dear. In addition to the presidential election, there are things like the vote to legalize marijuana in Colorado and Washington and the vote to allow same-sex marriage in more states that continue to spark debates and legal battles. These things polarize the population, and then we see the rise of atheist groups and the growing acceptance of other religions, and we see Christian symbols being removed from public places, and it can be easy to believe that fighting for our Biblical principles is a lost cause – especially when the Bible says things will only get worse!  Jesus says that when we hear about wars and rumors of wars, and when natural disasters are springing up all over the place, and when Christians are being persecuted right and left, these things are only “the beginning of the birth pangs” (Mark 13:8) – the first signs that the end of the world is coming. But in the same breath, he encourags us not to give up, for “the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Mark 13:13)

This is a great post written by Kyle from Truth Without Excuse. In this article Kyle explores the what today’s churches face, and what some faced from the past. We need to continue to fight for what is right, yes take up that lost cause and carry on!

To finish reading this article, please head over to: http://truthwithoutexcuse.blogspot.com/2012/11/lost-causes.html
While you are there, why not check out some of Kyle’s other articles and let him know something he wrote blessed you.

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4 replies

  1. Hi Greg. Thanks for the bump! God bless! 🙂

  2. Hi Greg!
    I’ve been reading Donald Miller lately – largely because I mostly just read dead white guys like Lewis and Chesterton and Merton and Nouwen. After I finished Dangerous Wonder (by Mike Yaconelli) I moved on to Blue Like Jazz by Miller. Both have a similar take on grace – one that I really like – and a similar take on where the church has missed the boat. Here’s a quote from Miller you might find interesting:

    “I do not believe a person can take two issues from Scripture, those being abortion and gay marriage, and adhere to them as sins, then neglect much of the rest and call himself a fundamentalist or even a conservative. The person who believes the sum of his morality involves gay marriage and abortion alone, and neglects health care and world trade and the environment and loving his neighbor and feeding the poor is, by definition, a theological liberal, because he takes what he wants from Scripture and ignores the rest.”
    ― Donald Miller, Searching for God Knows What

Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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