A MOST UNCOMFORTABLE MEETING
There is a lot of noise filling our airwaves and public places. That noise stems from the multiple viewpoints
being espoused by people from all walks of life. This noise centers
around political speeches, religious thought and beliefs, and social
issues. This noise will grow louder and will not go away. So we have
been placed in a position of deciding how we will deal with it.
In the days of the early church, there was a lot of noise as well.
This noise was being advanced by a zealot known as Saul who was out to
destroy the Lord's church. This led Saul to a most uncomfortable
meeting. While traveling to Damascus shortly after the stoning of
Stephen, Saul was introduced to someone he didn't want to meet. It was
Jesus Himself. It became pretty obvious to Saul Jesus really had been
raised from the dead, and now there was this accountability issue to
Interestingly, Jesus did not have Saul cast into prison for the
murder of Stephen, but there was something else to be done. As Jesus
instructed Saul what to do, we read of the conversion of one who truly
hated the church and all it stood for, only to become a leading voice of
God's grace and salvation.
Many today are heading for this most uncomfortable meeting with
Jesus in a much different way. We can read words of Scripture such as
Luke quoting the words of Peter, "we ought to obey God rather than men"
(Acts 5:29). We can also read where Luke quotes Paul (formerly Saul) on
Mars Hill, "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now
commandeth all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30).
These words cannot be allowed to be weakened. Either they mean
something or they don't. Either we believe them or we don't. The noise I
made reference to at the beginning of this article is largely looking
to silence the voice of God by silencing those who claim to follow Him.
There are those who have joined the forces of Satan by advocating this
God of love will not punish evil doers who practice things contrary to
His word, regardless of what those things are.
The good news is this. The power of God's word cannot be
weakened. Another baptism is in the process of taking place in our jail
ministry. God's word will not return to us void if we stand for what
is right. Those who think God's word will not be upheld, either in the
church or out, are heading for a time when they must stand before the
Lord and give an account. For them it will be a most uncomfortable