To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men.
– A. W. Tozer
A.W. Tozer truthfully said, “To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men. Christians have been in trouble with men since the church began. This trouble centered on the Messiah and His Message. Christians followed a Messiah who was both God and Man. Christians proclaimed one is “not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus,” (Galatians 2:16). Neither of these propositions set well with Jerusalem or Rome.
For almost 2000 years men, (and a few women) did all they could to silence the truth of Israel’s Messiah and His Message, first by intimidation and incarceration (Acts 4:17-18; 5:17) and eventually through extermination, (Acts 7:54-60). But the Message of Life refused to die!
Today people still try to staunch this truth. Not so much with the sword (at least in America) but by the shamming of our Messiah and Message. Christianity is slandered as bigoted, misogynistic, homophobic, narrow-minded with antiquated and intolerable morals. Many Christians, while vocal at home or the church, are silent in the public arena. I get it, no one wants to be publicly shamed. And even the strongest of saints has shied away from confessing The Messiah and Message in public. Don’t think so? Read Matthew 26:69-75. Here we have Peter folding like a cheap tent before a servant girl!
Today, Christians are being shamed into silence. And that is a really big problem, in light of Luke 9:26. Jesus said,“For whoever is ashamed of me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels, Luke 9:26.
This is a sobering statement with which each of us must reckon!
WARNING: This Sunday I will explain this statement of our Lord, what it means and why you should take it to heart.
See you Sunday!