Loin is Waking Up!
Thoughts for thinking people, Leo
Dr. Ronald Boyd-MacMillan Director of Strategic Research for Open Doors International, the world’s largest organization assisting persecuted Christians worldwide, and a Professor of Practical Theology in Pakistan, in a recent devotional related this story. “As my plane touched down after a trip to the Middle East, I breathed a big sigh of relief. I was back where I did not have to watch my back, be careful what I said, or where I went. Whew. I was back in a country that had religious freedom. I prayed to God, “Thank you for the men and women who fought to bring me this freedom. Thank God they won.” Then two incidents happened one after the other that made me think again.
I was at an art exhibition and looking at a painting entitled, Man startled on a horse. I sought out the artist and said, “Was that the Apostle Paul on the Damascus road you were depicting?” I thought he would be pleased I had figured it out. But he looked horrified, and glancing around he hissed, “For goodness sake keep quiet. Do you want me to get labeled as a religious artist? I’d never sell another painting if that happened.”
Then I was talking to a priest in charge of a large church in my city. His church had just received a large sum of money from the state for the refurbishment of a church hall. Then he said, “Well, we had to sign an agreement that the church would be available for everyone of any religion, and that we would not try to convert anyone. But we were happy to do that. We just want to be a community resource.” Suddenly I became aware that I had to fight for religious liberty in my own country. … I was safe. But no, it was clear from the artist that to admit one’s Christian faith in a public context was professional suicide. And look at the priest blithely giving up his right to evangelize, without a thought to the long-term cost. Who was asking him to refrain from evangelizing? And how could he be so unaware of the freedom he just signed away?
We need to wake up and get up and out of our Spiritual, intellectual and emotionless recliners and realize that the thief is here and that he comes “…to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” John 10:10 and that is what Lucifer wants to do to Christianity.
Amos 6:1 Woe to them that are *at ease in Zion, **and trust in the mountain of Samaria …
*At ease: theologically the word always means, “the careless ones, comfortable and tranquil, those who were content with the existing state of things.” It is that luxury and ease, which sensualizes and gratifies the soul, (the mind, will, and emotions) and makes it dull.
**And trust in the mountain of Samaria, Not in God. Samaria was strong, resisted for three years, and was the last city of Israel which was taken. “The king of Assyria came up throughout all the land and went up to Samaria and besieged it (2 Kings 17:5).
Then Jesus says in Luke 6:25 (KJV) …Woe unto you that laugh now!…
The enemy is laughing now but he’s about to wake a lion up.
Leo Calvin Price