They Hated Me First
by Lynn Sheldon
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If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. John 15:18
The 21st Century is becoming a nightmare for Christians. With talks about a world government, China beginning to dump US dollars and persecution of Christians, everything about this century is beginning to look like the end, before Christ returns.
Throughout the world, Christians have become targets for the worldly who hate our faith. Jesus pronounced this when He said remember when they hate you, they hated me first.
This hate is at our shores. Throughout this land, Christianity is getting the boot. However, I believe we are ripe for revival. How great will the revival be?I don't know, but with hardship people have to make a choice about who they turn to for help. They can turn to government or they can turn to God for answers.
No doubt, government seems to be oblivious to the pain in this country. While they are off passing bills that will only add to the pain, they are doing nothing to better the unemployment situation. I recently read where the unofficial unemployment in Detroit is over 40 percent. It seems government either doesn't get it or they refuse to get it. They would rather pilfer the pockets of those who remain working, so those who continue to work can feel the pain also.
Obviously, government is not the answer to our need. We need a spiritual revival in this land. We need to turn to Jesus and allow God to change the hearts of the people. Without a revival, I do not believe we can last much longer on the tax and spend course this nation is engaged in.Therefore, prepare your hearts. Seek the Lord. He has the answers to our needs.
Somewhere our priorities got mixed up. Many churches are drowning in debt, because of their new buildings.Many decided it was better to spend millions on a building, rather than spending it to help those who are in need. The church is charged with that duty. But in the era of seemingly never ending wealth, we built buildings, telling ourselves God deserved a better building or God wanted us to go into debt. Now the debt many churches face may end up drowning out their voice, as they become more desperate for money to feed their buildings. Thus, the help they could have provided to a community in need has been swallowed up by a church building in need. And I wonder, what might have happened if we had stayed true to our principles? We may never know.
With the policies coming out of Washington, designed to crush us even further economically, I have a difficult time seeing us improving our situation in the near future. In fact, I would say short of a revival, we're looking to be in trouble for years to come. And if China continues to dump dollars...hold on to your billfold, times are about to get even tougher.
Now add to the fact that Christians are facing persecution all over the world and that persecution is coming to this nation, we have to wonder if this world is headed for the New World Order sooner than later.
I know this sounds gloomy, but it's not. The Lord said when you see these things take place that we're to look up, because our redemption is near. This is why I continue to say, it's time to get our Christian homes in order. It's time to get our lives in order. It's time to take Jesus seriously. We need to repent and determine in our hearts to walk with God.
In the next article, I will share with you the steps God takes to break a nation that has turned from Him. You see, we have pushed the envelope in America. We have turned from the truth and embraced the lie. We have turned from goodness and embraced wickedness. We're about to fund abortion on demand in this country. Christians who abhor this practice will soon be forced to give to it, through their taxes. The question is what do we do? Hopefully, this health care bill will be found unconstitutional, but short of that...we must consider the cost.
It's interesting how politically correct governments are when it comes to everyday stuff. We have to be so careful not to offend. However, you can see offending Christians, by forcing them to pay for something that is abominable to us is no problem for a government that does not know God. If they can force us to pay for this, what will happen when they control health care. Will they declare health care off limits to Christians? Will they use health care as a way to eliminate their enemies or people who disagree with them?
The persecution that is happening around the world is about to come here. We must be ready to stand against evil and know that when we suffer, our Lord suffered first.
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