Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Are you a right wing extremist?

If you listen to the news, you have probably heard about this.

Its the document that every talk show on the radio is ranting about. The Department of Homeland Security is warning us of the threat of "right-wing extremists." They feel it could be used to label most anyone who opposes this administration's agenda as dangerous and an extremist. No big deal. "Sticks and stones may break my bones..." But, this kind of thinking can be used to limit the expression of any kind of dissent that the government deems "dangerous." They already mention the pro-life movement in the document. What's next? In some places in the world it's already against the law to preach against sexual immorality. They are usually mostly concerned with homosexuality, but the legislation can easily be expanded to include anyone whose feelings might be hurt by any condemnation of any sin. Hate crime taken to the extreme. We don't want our message to be hateful in any way. We don't want to be all about what we are "against." But... we are clearly commanded to call people to repentance in the gospel. Jesus, John, Peter, Paul... they all called for their listeners to "repent and believe." That has not changed in this age of seeker-friendly religion posing as the life of faith that Jesus calls us to.

In this intellectually sophisticated age of relativism, a message of repentance could possibly even become illegal.

Don't get me wrong. I am not afraid of any of this political activity. Our God reigns! But we need to be "watching" and aware of the times, and where we are headed.

One of these days it may actually cost us something in America to take a stand for Jesus and His righteousness.

It will probably be good for us.

Cotton candy christianity is not a threat to the kingdom of darkness. A voice in the wilderness calling people to whole-hearted righteous love is.

John 15:18 "If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you."

They didn't hate him because he healed the sick, cast out demons, and multiplied loaves and fishes. They hated Him because the light that was in Him exposed the darkness.

May that same light of righteous hope burn brightly in us.