The America We Live In As Christians

The days they are a changing. Those who have passed a few decades ago would not recognize the place or people who live here. It has a little to do with the smart phones, computers and tattooed women you’ll find roaming the streets. It has some to do with our bastard children wolfing down genetically modified crap while having the latest lies of Satan passed off to them as the gospel by our tax dollars. But it goes beyond that. Beyond the clerk, the florist, the pizza maker and the baker who refused because they were Christians. It goes beyond the being spoken evil of, paying fines and maybe doing some jail time We now live in a country were you are not just persecuted for your faith, but martyred.

Oh how we have needed this day! Does my response shock you? It’s sad, heartbreaking and I feel for the families of those who have lost. But this was what was needed to break what was once luke warmness and has become just coldness of faith of people in our country.

We can no longer sit back and rely on the faith of our great grandparents but must make our faith our own or discard it. Just as Oregon’s shooter asked, “Are you a Christian?” The Savior of the World has been asking for sometime, “Who do you say I am?”

Our answer to that question will not only change the course of our lives, but our marriages, families, churches and ultimately our nation. Do we deny Him? Do we continue to live our faith in sloth, gluttony and selfishness. Or do we take up the arms in the battle that has always waged around us each day of our life but we had it too easy to truly dedicate ourselves to?

As a husbands, fathers and men it is our job to first hit our knees and repent, seek His forgiveness and will and then to be men who no longer stand idle but speak the truth, stand for the truth and live the truth.

It is time to toss out the heretic leadership in our churches, call out their false teaching, serve our fellow man, give until it hurts to our wives, children and neighbors, pray and if necessary die for our faith.

There were generations of men who were willing to do that many generations ago and we have been living off their fumes for awhile now and the tank if finally on E. Much like Israel in the Old Testament after too many good years and folks turned their back on God and hard times were needed to bring about repentance and a renewed faith. We’ve been paying the price for our lack of perseverance and faith already but now the true time of testing and deciding is upon us. The fight is at our doorstep and there is no longer time to sit in slumber. It is time to become mighty warriors of the King.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and [b]we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but [c]we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Romans 5:1-6

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Testing Your Faith

1 [a]James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes who are [b]dispersed abroad: Greetings.

2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various [c]trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces [d]endurance. 4 And let [e]endurance have its perfect [f]result, so that you may be [g]perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and [h]without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,8 being a [i]double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

9 But the [j]brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; 10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like [k]flowering grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with [l]a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.

12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has [m]been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted [n]by God”; for God cannot be tempted [o]by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin [p]is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not be [q]deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or [r]shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be [s]a kind of first fruits [t]among His creatures.

19 [u]This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all [v]that remains of wickedness, in [w]humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his [x]natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, [y]he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but [z]an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in [aa]what he does.

26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not [ab]bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained [ac]by the world.