Somewhere Over the Rainbow                               
 
God invented the rainbow. There's a magnificent one over His throne. Revelation 4:3 The rainbow is a sign of peace between God and sinful man, ultimately through the shed blood, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Regardless of how else it is hijacked and used, the rainbow means that, and it belongs to God. Genesis 9       

However, some who claim to be "Christian," are "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in the Land of Oz, as Dorothy sang in the Wizard of Oz. Now Toto, I understand "
We aren't in Kansas anymore," but that doesn't make us brainless scarecrows and heartless lions freeing us from our responsibilities as true followers of our Lord Jesus Christ. I fear that the "man behind the curtain" (that's the devil if you aren't following my attempt at allegory) is seducing us into a way of thinking and acting that is nothing more than a cover for some unhealthy desires and lifestyles.

WHAT IS THE MOTIVE BEHIND OUR PERSONAL DOCTRINES? 

Like it or not, our personal doctrines are determined by the lifestyle we have chosen. Simply put, we either want to serve God, or we want to serve ourselves. If we live for Him, He calls the shots and sets the rules. When we live for ourselves and try to live for Him, we deceive ourselves and bend His rules to fit our lusts.

MOTIVES. They are everything. In the current debate raging in our culture (I shouldn't need to tell you which one) some Christians are refusing to speak out in opposition and calling their silence "not judging" and "loving everyone". Is that how you would raise your children? I hope not. Would you refuse to take a stand for "right in God's eyes" and in the name of "being nice" call that love? I suppose many parents have done that, not wanting to offend their little ones. Perhaps that is one of the reasons we are where we are today. "Loving the sinner and hating the sin" ...that's how you treat your children. Do that with everyone.
 
You have to judge as a Christian, but not in a sinful way. Sinful judging is condemning others without any desire for their salvation. But Jesus said there was a righteous judgment. John 7:24 We have to righteously judge to be a Christian. How else will we identify false prophets and doctrines, hold our brothers accountable, judge fruit of something, etc.??
 
 HERE ARE THE SERIOUS QUESTIONS...

* Do we refuse to take a stand for righteousness out of fear of persecution? Calling it "love and not judging" is it really just cowardliness?  

  

* Is there sin in our own lives, and therefore we can't judge someone else, so we say  
  "we need to be forgiving" but do so so others won't hold us accountable?


The great commandment is to love God with all our heart, mind and strength. THEN we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. You can't love your neighbor while ignoring God's opinions on a matter. Our citizenship is in heaven. Let us not be enemies of the cross of Christ.

         Now click your heels together and say "There's no place like Home..."   






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