Living with Jihadists and Pornographers #chasethedark

29 09 2014

Jim Denison’s commentary this morning was especially interesting to me. He opens with a brief comment about the Supreme Court making the call to decide on same-sex marriage today. However the most intriguing comments (at least to me) were his points about how the world’s powers are moving back to their cultural DNA. Those of you who know me know that I subscribe to the pendulum theory of history… a 40 year cycle of cultural shifts that swings between “Me” and “We”. Where Denison points out Peter Druckers comments or Kissinger’s writings, he revels this is a time where the Gospel can be presented with great results.

The commentary’s closing statement resounded in me…”The same technology that allows jihadists and pornographers to propagate also allows Christians to win and disciple Christians. More people are coming to Christ today than ever before in Christian history.”

Some of us live among the data streams of jihadists and pornographers. Some of us use those tools to chase darkness. The same grace and relationship connections that make our modern day boots-on-the-ground missionaries successful is what is needed with our “tech-ops” missionaries.

The online world is full of spite. There is anger and hostility everywhere. There is also hypocrisy. Whether it’s a gay person calling for tolerance that ultimately is anything but tolerant, or a Christ follower who posts scripture on social media while they clear out their browser history so no one sees the porn sites they looked at that day. We are ALL sinners.

For those us who are called to share the love of God, there is a model. Jesus himself explained it to us. Everyone knows John 3:16, but do you know the next verse? Verse 17 says (Jesus speaking here), “For God did not send his Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

John 12:47 says nearly the same thing, but most translations use the word “judge” instead of condemn. So… He didn’t come to even judge us.

Jesus Christ didn’t come to judge us… or condemn us. He came to save us from a life that only knows darkness. And more importunately give us a path to an eternal life without darkness.

I don’t mean to bait and switch anyone here. It may sound simple, but it’s really not. Being a Christ follower is a hard row to hoe… especially in the culture of today. Why is that? It’s because we are fresh and we were born into sin. We want to right with God, but when we try to go at it on our own (in our flesh) we get tripped up on stuff the “world” has to offer.

There is another place in scripture that talks about the lukewarm believer. It’s in the last book of the Bible in one of the letters to the Seven Churches of the day. He says to the Church in Laodicea… (my paraphrase here)… “I know the things you do. You’re not hot or cold. I wish you were one or the other, but because you are lukewarm I will spit you out of my mouth.”

I see so many people around me that are lukewarm believers. People who do great and wonderful things. People who know and follow the rules and do the right thing. Heck, I’m often one of those people (the lukewarm rule follower part, not so much the great and wonderful part). But for whatever reason we are neither hot or cold when it comes to our walk with Christ.

I believe that this is why so many people are coming to Christ in other parts of the world. They are being forced to be either cold or hot for Christ. That pressure is coming to us. In fact it’s already on us. You might not have experienced it yet, but it’s coming. You and I are going to have to either get in or get out. History shows us what happens when people place a high value on their beliefs. There is persecution and even death. Not for the faint of heart (aka, lukewarm).

Is there darkness in your world today? Does that darkness make it hard to see clearly what’s going on around you? Is it so dark that you are bumping into to life in ways that are negatively impacting you and those around you? Do you doubt that there is enough of Jesus in your life that you wouldn’t be afraid of the dark that sometimes creeps in?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I want you to know it’s okay. Not only is it okay, it’s pretty normal. What’s not normal though is wanting to stay in that place. If you want to move out of the darkness, I’d like to help. I don’t have all the answers. But I’m willing to help you find as many of them as I can. At the very least I’ll pray with you and ask God to give you the strength and wisdom to move forward and towards the Light. Please feel free to comment below, message, text or call me.

I live in a world among jihadists and pornographers… and if you are reading this, so do you. Let’s be clear and unashamed while walk together in Christ. Let’s not judge or condemn. But with everything we’ve got… let’s chase the dark.

‪#‎chasethedark‬

Here is the link to Jim’s article today. It’s what helped pull me into the Light this morning. I guess this post was my Kingdom assignment for today! http://www.denisonforum.org/cultural-commentary/1181-scotus-decides-today-if-it-will-rule-on-same-sex-marriage


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