Not a day goes by where I don’t cringe at what’s happening in the world. From the riots in Baltimore, to the hypocritical double standards of a crowdsourcing website; pastors who face jail time and fines for choosing to only marry certain people, and the redefining of words instead of just making new ones as has been done for hundreds of thousands of years. Even just seeing how freely people attack others online. Calling them names, uttering threats, acting like out of control animals instead of civilized human beings.
The Lord told us that things would get more and more wicked. But knowing that makes it no less difficult when we have to sit back and watch. In these times, it’s good to stay quiet and remember what’s truly important. Knowing Jesus.
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.
~ Romans 1:16
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’.
~ Matthew 22:37
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him.
~ Luke 12:4
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
~ Psalm 118:6,7
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
~ Deuteronomy 31:6
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today forever.
~ Hebrews 13:8
Always, ALWAYS point to Jesus. Stop pointing at sin. Point to the Lord. Nothing else matters. Forget about the flesh, and focus on the mind and heart. Denominational differences? Get the hell over them. They will not save your soul. Whether you worship on Sunday or Saturday, or whether you formally attend church at all. Whether you smoke or drink. Whether you wear the right clothes, say the right words, eat the right foods, follow a particular tradition, or observe specific days on a calendar. It just doesn’t matter. JESUS. Preach Jesus. He is what matters.
Don’t worry about what people think of you. Worry about how you look in the eyes of God.
May He bless you all.
Pray for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly as I should.
~ Ephesians 6:19
Note: Today’s paintings are: Briton Rivière’s “Daniel in the Lion’s Den”, 1872; Walter Rane’s “The Good Samaritan”; detail from Caravaggio’s “Beheading of St. John the Baptist”, 1608; Gustave Doré’s “Daniel in the Lions’ Den”, 1866 (engraving); Peter Paul Rubens’s “Daniel in the Lions’ Den”, 1613-15; and Carl Heinrich Bloch’s “Supper at Emmaus”.