Shocked and Appalled
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There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
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Shocked and Appalled
To all our on-line friends,
I'm appalled ... yes appalled. I'm writing this because sometimes
it's best to skip the frills and get down to the nitty-gritty. We are
so often asking ourselves these days, what's wrong with the world?
How can so many terrible things be happening in America, in our homes
and in our churches?
Well, one of the most obvious reasons is ... Christians are not
really being Christians! That's right! We can't blame the decay of
morals and decency on the atheists and on the unsaved. They're doing
a bang up job of being exactly who they are. The real blame and
responsibility falls into the hands of professing Christianity,
trying to get to heaven astraddle of that proverbial fence ... and
setting a pitiful, two-faced example for everyone else while doing it!
Why would any sinner think he needs to be saved when the Christians
around him dress like, talk like and act just like he does?
I know you're wondering ... what in the world has got her so fired
up? I'll tell you what's got me all fired up! Lukewarm, compromising,
double minded, excuse making Christians!
By way of illustration: I set out on a web search today for some
clean humor to use on the "Giggles" page of my new web site. I chose
an entry from the search page and started scanning jokes ... they
were vulgar ... down right nasty, disrespectful, discriminatory and
full of sexual content ... and this was listed as a site for "Clean,
If those jokes were supposed to be clean, I'd hate to know what the
site owners would classify as dirty! Laughter is a wondrous gift, but
man has misused, abused and perverted it. Surely no one is so
spiritually numb as to think that Jesus and the 12 disciples sat
around telling dirty jokes to each other! We've got to stop
justifying smut with excuses like, "Well, it's not too bad" or "I
wouldn't tell this if there were any men/women/kids here" or the
classic ... "We're all adults."
And it's not just jokes! We say, oh it's ok to run around half naked
if we're dressed appropriately for the activity we're engaged in.
Does that mean it's ok for a stripper to parade nude on stage because
that's appropriate for that particular activity? DUH!!! How about
folks who watch movies full of filthy language and claim, "What's the
difference? I hear it everywhere I go?" Yes, they probably do hear IT
in many places, but where and how does that give anyone the right to
take such garbage into the sanctity of the home? Look deep within and
ask, "Why would anyone want to?" Have we forgotten that the Spirit of
God that lives inside us hears everything we hear?
Good grief people! Does anyone actually believe that the Holy Ghost
laughs at off color jokes or starts breathing heavy when
self-deluding Christians watch porn? Then there's all the high
tempered cursing and mouthing off that so many do. Is Jesus our
example or not? Read how Jesus got angry in Matthew 21:12-13. How
many "4-letter" words did He use? Give me a break!
When we become born again believers, we're not supposed to just say
"Ooops, sorry," and go on exactly like we were before. Our lives are
supposed to change and that includes our thoughts and words. After
all, we say we're "Washed in the blood." Well, if we're really washed
then the dirt is supposed to be gone! Change doesn't always come
instantly ... but at bare minimum ... at least let God see us trying
... and believe me ... He knows when we're trying to do better and
when we're just trying to make Him think we're trying.
Time and space do not afford the arena that is really necessary for
dealing with this issue, but if we want conditions in our world, our
churches and our lives to improve, we can't just talk the talk, we
must walk the walk, sooo ... Christians ... Stop grieving the Spirit
of God and clean up your act!!!
Written because I love Him,
Hope you enjoyed ... Shocked and Appalled.
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