If my people….

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

What would really happen if Christians, not just in America but all over the world, took this to heart? Could a change happen? Would we be determined in our worship enough to keep on being humble in His presence until something..everything began to change? I would hope so.

The world sorely needs this to happen everywhere, in all countries, even those who don’t follow God nor believe in Jesus as the Savior! Especially in those countries! The church, the body of believers in countries where persecution is a daily practice, is growing just as it did in the early centuries after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Some would ask, “Why?”, and the answer to that is this: when persecution comes the church leans on and depends upon God more than ever before.

So, why can’t we depend on Him when we aren’t being persecuted? We should be thanking Him and praising Him for living in a country where persecution is not so bad yet! We should be getting out into the streets and telling people about Him, so why aren’t we? Because we are afraid.

We are afraid that the people will see us as freaks or religious nuts. I would rather be a nut in God’s basket than a huge rock in Satan’s fortress!

Yes, we are afraid to let people see that we actually believe in something or Someone! Why? Because we don’t want to be lumped in with all of those “deplorables”! What is so bad about being seen as a true believer in Christ? Many seem to be afraid of being seen as a fanatic. The disciples were fanatics! The early church would be considered fanatical in their beliefs, so much so until they were killed and tortured in ways that are hard to imagine today.

God loves you and He doesn’t require you or me to be a fanatic with our faith, but He will give you the strength and the words to go with it if you will. You don’t have to walk around carrying a cross or stand on a corner yelling about the end of the world being near, but in the world that we live in people still need to hear the message. Many don’t come to church, so the only way they will find the message is to put it out on the web or be a nuisance enough to get your message on the news.

Jesus told His disciples to go and tell the whole world about the gospel and they did. It seems that the church has drawn back from being the voice of Jesus in our world. We will shine the light in our community, but taking it with us into our workplace or into the city and the towns nearby is another thing. We are supposed to be the feet of Jesus too! By taking His gospel with us at work, at school, at home, into restaurants (fast food or otherwise), people will see our faith, if they don’t want to see it they don’t have to look or listen.

We should turn our lives and our hearts back to belief in Jesus and serve Him in every way that we can, especially at home teaching our children Who and why we believe in Him! Because as soon as they leave home for college, their minds will be open to many things and if Christ isn’t in their hearts and minds, then something or someone else will get in there.

Give something back

You have heard about those who “pay it forward” haven’t you? Oh, they have dropped out of the main news lately because there is so much more meaty and interesting things to show than some person paying for an elderly couple behind him or her in line. I think those people are still around, but it just doesn’t carry the same interest factor as shootings, and rapes and robbery or a wreck that killed a family. Yeah, paying it forward doesn’t do that much anymore. But, how much interest could it generate if you gave someone something. Something that they needed for class or a project in school or even for someone who could use it at their job, would that stir someone else to do something? Would that get the attention of the news media?

Of course when I mention giving someone something, everyone thinks of money but it’s not always money that is the need, at least not for most of life anyway. Yes, money is necessary today but an excess of it doesn’t really do most people any good. Look at the lives of the people who have won lottery winnings, most of them don’t have the money that they won after five years or so, no matter how much they won to begin with.

Giving away something that is tangible but useful is better than money. Getting people to really think about what they can give is even more useful, but idealists don’t last long in our society. It seems that most people want to either poke fun at what they are doing or they just look at what they are doing and treat it as an oddity or something unusual in a good way but nothing more.

Life, yours and mine, is more than just getting stuff or at least it should be. Please, leave me your thoughts on this. Think of something like a real movement that we could implement, not just me alone but all over America or even the world itself! We need something today that gives people hope for the future, regardless of the situation that they find themselves in. Yes, this is a hard request but I pray that between all of us putting our “thinkin’ caps” on maybe we can come up with something.