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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (11/21/13)

TITLE: Hallelujah, What a Savior!
By Frankie Kemp


We are reading Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, in my eleventh grade English classes. I continue to be amazed by what comes out in class discussions. Most of all, I am amazed by our human blindness. My students, for the most part so far, have no problem categorizing the citizens of Salem as ignorant, foolish, superstitious, vindictive, greedy, ridiculous, overly-religious, self-serving—and the list could go on. What I am waiting for with my young pupils is for the “light” to click on—for them to begin to make the connection that Arthur Miller (even though I do not think he necessarily intended to do it with gospel purposes in mind) hoped his readers/audience would make. I am waiting for them to see that the most dangerous “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” if you will, is the one we embrace in our own hearts. The darkest evil isn’t the evil outside of us, but the evil within us.

In our modern day, where information and ideas and human depravity are so easily transmitted and displayed, of course Believers are drawn back to Biblical teachings and warnings about the end times. Rightly so. Jesus told us, Himself, to live watching and waiting for His appearing, but we have to be careful in our responses to the times in which we live. It would be easy to get caught up in our own modern day witch-hunt, attempting to expose “false prophets” and “false teachings.” Do not mistake me, I am not saying that these do not exist. They do. They’re no new development, either, and it is of highest importance that followers of Jesus know the Truth, believe the Truth, and walk in it. What I would assert, here, is that what we ought to do as individuals is seek Him first in the quiet of our own private journey. We must be grounded in the Truth of the Word of God. We cannot get there without offering our own hearts, minds, and souls up, first, to expose the inner wolf.

(After my just proclaiming the authority of scripture, one might think it strange that I would use the following illustration to drive home my point. Forgive me, but it works, and is in itself an example of God’s Truth being proclaimed even in the “secular” world. The gospel is His message. He can proclaim it however He so chooses.)

When thinking about how difficult it can often be in our very loud world to recognize a wolf in sheep’s clothing—even if it is my own unbelief—I can’t help but relive that scene from one of my favorite movies, The Fellowship of the Ring. Galadriel meets the Fellowship in the forest of Lothlorien after the fall of Gandalf and whispers these powerful words, “The quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the Company is true.” Someone Else, who is no fictional character, uttered that admonition first. Jesus said, in the same setting where He warns us to beware of false prophets (Matthew 7:13-20), “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (vv 13-14, ESV) Jesus is that way. We must not trust anything other than complete faith in all that He is and all that He has done for us for this promise of Life, and we must remember that the life we live in the here and now is a living testimony to Him. This Truth should be the driving force behind all that we are and all that we are becoming.

Jesus is the Redeemer of our hearts, the One who is making us into a people who, with total abandon, shout out His excellent greatness. This is our calling. This is our purpose. This is the Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven: God’s people with one voice, living out His Glory in all Creation, proclaiming the gospel to the ends of the earth. He gets us there one pilgrim at a time. We can thank Him because we do not have to fear the wolf in sheep’s clothing. God’s purposes cannot and will not be thwarted. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

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Verna Cole Mitchell 11/30/13
I love the entire piece, but the last paragraph is magnificent--makes my heart sing!
Joe Moreland11/30/13
There was no need to explain away using a passage from Tolkien to emphasize your point. He was a devout believer and most view the Lord of the Rings as a Christian allegory. Tolkien himself denied that it was intentionally written as such, but admitted that he deliberately poured out his faith and beliefs through the storylines and characters.

There were a lot of important points in your message. I was especially convicted regarding the vigilance for false teachers. They have been around since Paul was writing and will be around until the end of days. It's important we call it out when we see it, but to be spending our focus in finding and rooting it out, that's just another way the devil helps us to look around the plank in our own eye.

Great job!
C D Swanson 12/02/13

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/09/13
Congratulations on ranking 16 overall!