Just some thoughts that came to mind today as I was scrolling through that bastion of culture, Facebook. I guess you could say I’m just as patriotic as the next person, but sometimes I wonder….when are Christians going to defend the Word of God just as much or more than they do the American Flag?
Please, don’t think I’m trying to be unpatriotic. I consider myself blessed to live in this country, even though it is becoming more and more entrenched in racial disunity and our society is becoming more tolerant of the most vile and deplorable behavior that we have ever seen in our lifetime. Sure, this stuff has been around since Adam and Eve ate of that fruit that God told them to stay away from, but the debauchery we’re seeing now is the same stuff that caused many cultures and civilizations to fall. We were once a great country, but now we’re becoming the laughing stock of the world.
But all this is not due to people being unpatriotic. It’s because people have turned away from God’s Word. Even mainstream Christian churches are going away from God’s Word. Oh, they still open their Bibles and read passages from it, but they are twisting and distorting the Word to fit what THEY want it to say instead of what God meant for it to say. And many times the twisting and distorting comes from popular “Bible” preachers/teachers that have gained the trust of so many people that, when others begin pointing out the flaws and heresies that are being taught by them, their followers tend to get mad. Not sure why that is. Is it because they don’t like their favorite teacher knocked off his/her pedestal? Or, maybe, it’s that they don’t like finding out that they’ve been duped. Jude 1:4 says, “For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
In that first part, these false teachers who twist scripture crept in unnoticed. They came in feeding the sheep a little morsel at a time and as time went on, they began mixing some sugar coated poison in with the good stuff until those who kept feeding on it didn’t know the good from the bad. There’s been pagan practices introduced into the church and many are blind to it.
Sadly, nowadays, people are more apt to defend their favorite “Bible” teacher, rather than defend the Word of God. No matter how much of their heresies are revealed and how they are shown to twist scripture and how they have introduced pagan practices into the Christian religion, it’s not God’s Word that gets upheld, it’s the one who is mangling scripture that gets defended.
There’s also some so-called Christian artists who have become very popular these days that many would be angry or upset if it were revealed just how badly they twist and distort scripture/doctrine. And they wouldn’t be angry with the artist. They would be angry with the one who revealed it to them. How DARE you talk bad about MY favorite singer!!
Discernment isn’t easy. It takes study, reading, more study, and more reading…..and maybe a podcast here and there (Fighting 4 The Faith by Chris Rosebrough is a good one) to be able to learn to know when something doesn’t sound right. I thank God that He introduced me to other Christians who helped me to gain a better understanding of Scripture and to direct me to resources that help me to know who’s the real deal and who the imposters are.
Please, Christian…..I realize you love your country and want people to respect it and the nation’s flag, but there’s something WAAAAAAAYYYYY more important than our patriotism. It’s our defense of the Gospel and God’s Word. It’s being picked apart, twisted, and mangled and we turn a blind eye to it because either we don’t want to give up our favorite “Bible” preacher/teacher, or we just don’t think God’s Word is that important.