Quit Fear, Rage, & Rants

January 20, 2013

Friends,
As I’ve mentioned before, I turned the T.V. off six years ago and have not turned it back on since. What a relief from a bunch of noisy, useless voices it has been! Do we need that talk and news? We don’t. The human mind wasn’t made to handle the enormous amount of fear-and-anger-inducing information being fed through that avenue, especially when it’s so skewed by the vain and false philosophies of men. If we really need to know something, we’ll hear about it through others, or, we can use the internet, which a self-disciplined person can use with discretion.

I’m glad others are getting weary of the wickedness being propagated in the name of Christ, as supposed “holy anger” has, for too long, been touted as something admirable and desirable. Certainly righteous indignation and anger have their place, for even Jesus showed such emotion on occasion; but unless it is truly Spirit-filled anger, then people need to quit it. They should’ve quit it long ago, because look at where it has gotten us. Are people really serious when they think shouting matches are okay with God? Do they really think that allowing their blood to boil in rage is okay with Christ? Is the most cynical really the coolest guy around –or the mightiest? It seems many people have thought so.

If people would meditate on the beautiful, powerful, wonderful Word of God this world would be entirely different. If just Christians would do so, it would be different! For therein is God’s power. Words said in the flesh have only the power of the flesh. Words said by inspiration of the evil one have only his power. But words said by someone who is filled with God’s Word, and who has been abiding in that Word, obeying that Word, has, on his lips, God’s power. The Gospel is the power of God! (Rom. 1:16) Christ’s message is our strength, our hope, our song, our peace, our provision, our protection, our advancement against evil. Not guns. Not war. Not shouting. Not rants of rage. What power do those have to make changes compared to the Lord?!

False Christians are full of fear. To be full of fear is to distrust God’s care, which is equivalent to distrusting Him. To distrust God is to disbelieve God –a damnable sin. God says He is all we need. He says that we are safe and secure if we remain hidden in Him. Yelling about the right to own guns is a cowardly rant for a Christian to undertake. Would a true Christian really kill someone who came to collect his money, to confiscate his property, or even to haul him off to prison? Really? Do we see any of the apostles teaching or modeling such a thing?

If Christians would meditate on God’s Word under the tutelage of the Spirit rather than meditating on men’s words night after night, they would remain calm through any and all storms. They would be content no matter their lot. They would be rejoicing because they have the Lord –He who meets our every need. But how many of us actually believe this?

Well, there are some people around who believe God and who are speaking out the Truth. I’ve pasted below two excerpts from two examples, but their entire (and crucial) articles can be read by clicking the following links.

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http://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/1806/ “American Excuses Rather Than Repentance”

“I personally find it ironic that so many people say America became great due to Christian principles, yet think the way back to greatness is by setting Christian principles aside and fighting for our rights with instruments of death. We are like Peter wildly swinging the sword and telling the Lord “This shall never happen to you.” We have in mind the things of men rather than the things of God.”

http://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/do-christians-love-guns-by-andrew-strom/

“Do CHRISTIANS LOVE GUNS??

by Andrew Strom

I am writing this because I continue to believe that US Christians
are being “driven” toward something very ugly. There is a lot of
nasty rhetoric flying around that is the very opposite of Christ-like.
Some in America are trying to get the Christians all riled up about
not being allowed to own “assault rifles” and the like. But what is
so “Christian” about owning guns anyway?

…[edited out]…

We have spoken before about the dangers of mixing Christianity
with “nationalism” – of wrapping the Bible in the flag – and calling
it ‘orthodox’ Christianity. This stuff is not just dangerous – it is
deadly. There have been countless wars and countless millions
killed down the centuries by this very thing. Mixing “patriotism”
with Christianity and using that to motivate people – to get them
riled up and mad enough to go “fight” somebody or riot in the
streets, or whatever. Hitler used just this kind of patriotism to get
himself elected. And I see this very same anger rising amongst
some Christian conservatives in America. You are being “driven”
toward something – and it is very ugly.

Every Christian should know that our home is in heaven – not in
any particular “nation”. Our alliegance is towards GOD’S kingdom,
not any kingdom on this earth. So let me very clearly spell it out- ”

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Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

P.S. Also, please do not forget to be praying fervently for Saeed’s trial tomorrow in Iran. See the below article in its entirety here:

http://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/brother-saeed-abedini-imprisoned-in-iran-needs-your-help/

Brother Saeed Abedini, Imprisoned in Iran, Needs Your Help

Posted by israeliteindeed on January 19, 2013

Saints, please pray for our brother Saeed Abedini, an American citizen who has been imprisoned in Iran for his obedience to the Gospel and the Great Commission.

Saeed Abedini & His Family

He is due to stand trial on January 21 before “the hanging Judge”–so named for the many death sentences he has given.

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