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TITLE: TBD
By Lara Velez
10/28/05
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I have always been afraid to let others critique me. However, I know that it will only make me a better writer. So here goes (she says as she dives into the pool of constructive criticism).
Title TBA (ideas are welcome)
By: Lara Velez

You are like unfaithful wives having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your marriage vow to God! Do you not know that being the world's friend is being God's enemy? So, whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God. James 4:4

The Church as a whole is a pitiful example of what Jesus died for it to be. Jesus died for so much more than our Salvation. He also died so that we may have peace, joy, and a sound mind. He left us with a mission to tell others about His great love through our words and deeds. He left us the Holy Spirit to comfort us, and His Mighty Name to give us power. He did not intend for us to let the devil make the rules. He did not intend for us to become friends of this world through indifference.

The Body of Christ seems to be asleep, while our cunning adversary swoops in for the kill. Does that sound like a dramatic statement? I think it is an understatement! Why? To answer this we must ask ourselves the following questions.

If the Church were awake and active would there even be a hint of legalized gay marriages in the air?

No. If the Church were awake there would have been a march on Washington like there has never been seen before. We would not let such a thing slip by.

Would there be pornography displayed at every turn?

No. Christian men would rise up and not tolerate such an attack on their minds. The Church as a whole would push for better laws to prevent our children from having to see these things when walking in a 7-11 and then have sexual sin problems as adults.

Would prayer be illegal in schools that we pay taxes in?

No. Honestly, I don't know how we ever let such a thing happen.

Would the divorce rate in the Church be the same and even higher than the world's?

No. We would align ourselves together and help marriages. We would prepare our young people for marriage. We would teach our children that a happy marriage isn't about "feelings" and getting your own way. It is about giving, loving and forgiving for a lifetime.

If the church were awake would the world have such a powerful hold on our entertainment?

No. Unfortunately, the Church has become desensitized. We watch things that I don't believe we would ever watch if Jesus came for dinner and a movie. We watch movies with language that we would never use in front of our pastors. We watch movies with sexually explicit scenes and then wonder why there is a pornography problem in the Church. Yes, the Church!

Need I go on? I don't think so. I hope and pray that somehow the Church will arise from its slumber, grab their weapons, and put the devil back in his slimy evil place. If we do not, what kind of world will our children be left with? What are we teaching them with our apathetic reaction to the chaos that is whirling all around us?

If we do nothing, it is like leaving them alone in a dark room filled with vipers. Can you live with that? I can't.

Copyright Lara Velez

I realize that it is still a bit raw...
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