What the Bible says about light and seed

The True Light "In him, (the Lord Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world,…the world didn’t recognize him." John 1:4,9.

The Good Seed and the Weeds “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seeds in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. Matthew 13:24,25.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Arranging Deck Chairs or Plugging the Hole?

Arranging Deck Chairs or Plugging the Hole?
by Heidi Swander May 9, 2012 www.olivetreeviews.org  Join us on Facebook

"The motivation for Christians working to delay the coming collapse of our nation is not to preserve our way of life, but to buy more time to share the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible before America is swept away by God's judgment," (emphasis mine). Read that again. This statement by Pastor Robert Jeffress in his book, Twilight's Last Gleaming: How America's Last Days Can Be Your Best Days, revolutionized my thinking on the important matter of actively affecting the culture around us during these days of moral decline.


As we catapult toward this fall's coming election, the debate will grow more heated. "Many Christians equate efforts to stop the murder of the unborn, uphold the biblical principles of morality, and elect godly leaders with rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. 'If we are going down anyway, why bother?' people wonder." Pastor Jeffress isn't at all sure about that way of thinking, and having read his explanation about why he is unsure, I'm inclined to agree.


"I have a different perspective today. While our responsibility to delay our culture's decay is not our primary mission here on earth, it is a necessary prerequisite if we are to fulfill our ultimate calling of pointing people to Jesus Christ," (emphasis mine). Point well taken! I was motivated by Pastor Jeffress' position here.


If the purpose of standing up against abortion or battling the incessant encroachment of homosexuality or trying to bring our culture back from the brink of all-out socialism is simply, "a better America," then that does nothing to inspire me. I would have to throw my hat in the ring with those who say, "Let the ship sink." But if the rationale behind running for office or fighting to put people of principle in positions of leadership or working to defeat an ungodly congressional bill is the eternal goal of, "redeeming the time," in order to provide ample opportunity for as many souls as possible to come to eternal life, that is a goal I can thoroughly stand behind!


And then he poses this question: "How do you balance your primary calling to share the gospel with the calling to stand up against ungodliness in our nation?" That was the premise for the book. It's more than a fair question and it's one that demands an answer from each of us.


He talks about being salt and light in our world as Jesus admonishes us. "Most Evangelical Christians understand (even if they don't obey) the mandate to serve as lights in this dark world, pointing people to Christ's offer of salvation to all who believe. But I have discovered that many Christians do not comprehend Jesus' command to delay the decay of our culture by acting as salt in the world," (emphasis mine).


One important issue Pastor Jeffress points to in regard to this is the relativism that is engulfing not just our society but, more disastrously, the community of those who call themselves, "e
Evangelical Christians."

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We become tasteless salt and a diminished light." And he warns, "When Christians lose their motivation to be restrainers of evil, it is only a matter of time until society crumbles under the weight of its own sin." That observation reminds me of Paul's teaching about the Holy Spirit restraining evil through the vessels He indwells (us), and our understanding that once we are taken Home all hell will, quite literally, break loose. We must not abdicate our responsibility in advance.
Let's get practical. How does this book's premise relate to this fall's election and our responsibility to participate in it? At the very least it means we should plan to vote. I have heard some opine that they won't even vote this time around. I remember reading an article by a fairly well-known Christian editor who actually suggested that the last time around. I don't know how many took heed to his advice, but you can clearly see that the results were not advantageous to the cause of the gospel.
Additionally, we must be informed when we vote. That means we must know as much as we can about the individuals we are voting for and the issues that will be on the ballot so that we make a well-informed decision. That is the kind of voting that will honor our Father and will, if God chooses, allow more time for souls to come to Jesus.
That's just one example. It certainly doesn't stand alone. But if we, as children of God, take seriously Jesus' mandate to be salt and light in every area of our life, you can see how it could affect the culture we live in and provide more time for the lost to be drawn to the Savior.
"Sometimes God judges without delay," Pastor Jeffress writes. "However other times there is a delay between explosive choices a society makes and the natural collapse that comes from removing the spiritual and moral support structures of a society, just as there is with an implosion.
"You and I are living in that pause in history between explosion and implosion," he says. "Our future hope is that the coming darkness that will engulf America and every other nation in the world will be followed by the dawn of Christ's return, when He will establish a new heaven and a new earth. But until that time, God has left us on earth during these twilight years for a very specific purpose."
May we continue to act as salt and light until the day Jesus calls us Home.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Jean-Louis. If you excuse me, I would like to express my opinion regarding your last post. I really don`t see how Christians could be working to delay the collapse or America buying time to share the Gospel of Jesus with more people for it is not in our control, the time I meant. I believe this statement is out of order in a sense that the Bible states the opposite (Matthew 24:22). I didn't post on your wall for I did not want to start any public discussion of such a controversial matter. Another possibility may be because I did't understand correctly the text. Anyway, just to let you know that it's been a pleasure reading your posts.
    abs.

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  2. I am so glad you are willing to contribute your comments to my post. Thank you for your discretion, I don´t like to engage in adversarial debate just to prove that my view is right. But please, don´t be afraid to post your comments.

    I take the position of a peace maker, somebody who tries to bring some balance so needed in the body of Christ. Christians are so polarized these days and every subject it seems is an excuse for contention, everybody seems to think that it´s really spiritual and a mark of following the Lord to always be in one camp against another.

    I guess it must be a need in us humans to always choose a side because we like to belong and are afraid to just speak the truth of the word of God with love. Especially in the US as you know where everything is so heavily politicized.

    So I try to extract what I see is good, true, accurate and beneficial in each post or article that I read, knowing full well that somebody is going to disagree because of their leaning.

    I try to stay as close to the scriptures as possible and quote a lot of them in my writings.

    So that brings us to the article. I think you are right in your assessment of the situation. In the US, There is always this temptation to give pragmatism precedence over the purposes, plans and ways of God. So because of a good intention of seeing more people coming to Jeus and be saved, they are trying to stay the hand of God by asking for and working for more time. I can understand the rationale behind it. It comes out a good heart and intentions. Also there seems to be precedents in the old testament that could be construed as the power of a person´s intercession as Abraham with Sodom, Moses with the children of Israel, God and the people of Niniveh, the prayer of Solomon at the dedication of the temple etc.

    Of course, it doesn´t mean that God always acts in the same patterns, all the time. So maybe I give too much credit to these writers, but again I haven´t read the book, just the related article which expresses the lady´s ideas.

    I try to stimulate people into thinking critically and biblically and spiritually without departing from the written Word, but to dig a little deeper, not accept everything and be like bereans.

    Conversely, Peter seems to take the opposite position in Peter 3:12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. This passage is worth elaborating upon and understanding better with the help of a good commentary.

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  3. In summary, Isaiah 14:27 says: For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

    The Lord knows the intent of our heart and he will judge accordingly. I trust that he is totally just, totally merciful, good and loving and that he will have his way. All I am concerned is that I agree with him and am on his side and not like some people who think they can manipulate him to be for them or on their side...

    It´s so sad that we see so much of that nowadays. I appreciate your taking time to talk about these very important questions. You are always welcome on my blog. Um abraço.

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