I Was Just Thinking About – FAÇADE OR MEANINGFUL PURPOSE.
Winston Churchill addressed the British House of Commons on June 4, 1940 and emphasized with powerful words and underscored by determination along commitment: “We must never forget the solid assurances of sea power and those which belong to air power if they can be locally exercised…The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and their need, will defend to the death their native soils, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength, even though a large tract of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule. We shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France and on the seas and oceans; we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be; we shall fight on beaches, landing grounds, in fields, in streets and on the hills. We shall never surrender and even if, which I do not for the moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, will carry on the struggle until in God's good time the New World with all its power and might, sets forth to the liberation and rescue of the Old.”
In the 21st Century Church, one can hear many grandiose addresses and glance at statistics ad nauseum. Church Denominations have a propensity and trend toward diversity and accommodation. The Bible is not always viewed as being the Word of God and from God. Somewhere along this pathway of uncertainty and spiritual erosion there needs to rise one (or several) who will be committed to the prophetic words: “Woe to the obstinate children, declares the Lord, to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; For these are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction. They say to the seers: See no more visions! and to the prophets: Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions. Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore, he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:1, 9-10, 18, 20-21). An old Hymn expresses: “Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide. In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side…”
The Biblical Christian must be fully committed to the one true God. He/She must never compromise and never surrender.
Prayerfully – consider these things with me.