For the last few weeks, I have heard & seen messages on being an active, engaged, & aggressive believer. From messages at church, things on the radio, verses I read, & topics of some discussions with others of faith.
Why do you suppose prayer was taken out of schools? Why do you suppose how the verdict of Roe vs Wade came to fruition? How do you suppose that we are shortly becoming a nation of Political Correctness or everything that seemed to formerly encompass family values has become offensive? How is it I discover speaking to several believers they cannot remember the last time they led someone to being saved through the belief in Jesus Christ, especially when approximately 80% of the US claim to be “Christian”? How do you suppose the 10 commandments have been removed from many establishments? How do you supposed political leaders are elected more because of their looks, how many movie stars/musical artists they hang around with? How is it now that movie stars & music stars now “speak for the people.” How is it that when I was a child we had gun racks with guns in our pick up trucks but never worried about anyone ever getting shot in school? How is it when I have usually always carried a pocket knife in my pocket that it now alarms people, and a doctors office is demanding I remove it before being seen?
I guess I could go on, but I am not on a political rant. I strive to stay out of political banter. However, I am proud to be an American, I stand for the flag & the national anthem & kneel at the cross. I say yes man, yes sir & strive to respect my elders. I say grace. I gladly go to church to assembly, learn, serve, worship & grow. I say God bless you & I will pray for anyone at any time. I support our Constitution & Bill of Rights. I pay my taxes, strive to provide for my children & pour as much love & wisdom I can into them.
Some of this may offend some people. However, I am neither ashamed, nor apologize for those characteristics of who I am, and to Whom I serve, nor for He Whom I believe created the heavens & the earth, nor the patriot I am, nor the good things my parents taught me. I consider myself neither a “zealot”, “Apologist” nor “religious” To me it is about a relationship, & not religion. I believe a church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints. I believe we are all imperfect human beings saved by grace, belief, acceptance, & repentance. I believe as believers these messages are speaking to me & others to be more engaging, more active, more involved, and yes more aggressive with love, determination, compassion & passion to take action, to stand firm, be courageous & fight the good fight.