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Topic: Rage (violent, uncontrolled hatred and anger) (02/05/15)
TITLE: Free Choice
By Penny Neimiller
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Parents killing their children. Children dismembering their parents. Often the explanation that is given, baffles the mind. “I heard voices...” “God told me to do it...” “I needed some money to put gas in the car...”
Is violence at its highest level or are we just more aware of it (as many suggest) because of our constant access to the news that we view every day?
I remember growing up in a world that I could ride my bike down a lone country road and there was no reason to fear I might be abducted. My parents didn’t worry about someone pulling a gun on them in their own house. The doors of our homes and cars were left unlocked.
Our Churches were left open, twenty-four seven. Anyone could visit the altar and bow down in prayer if they desired and many did. Some stopped to confide or chat with the Pastor and others just to use the bathroom that was made convenient and available. Lock up a Church? I can remember when we would ask “Why?”
Have we as Christians so failed our Father in our walk, that now we find ourselves in fear to take a walk? A walk just down the street?
God is not a God of condemnation but maybe it is time for a little conviction to arise in our spirits and a humble bowing down seeking what there is we can do now.
Is it too late? Are there too many problems for man kind to consider, let alone fix?
Together, can we give it our best shot based on the latest polls and what the world dictates? Should we join in solutions that are driven by greed and what we think will help us meet our own desires and goals?
Isn’t this the attitude and kind of action that best describes what we have been doing? We might need to ask ourselves, that commonly heard and irritating little question often asked these days...
“How’s that working out for you?”
“ Just saying.”
My answer would be, “It isn’t working out for us at all.”
Maybe it is time to try His way or are the challenges already too big?
For sure we have a big God who loves to take on big challenges, but are we correctly accessing what the greatest challenge is? Is it the Isis groups and terrorists? Is it the out of control government that seems determined to take God out of all that we hold dear? Is it the drugs, alcohol, the sex culture or the cults that God may find to be His greatest challenge?
Or is it that He gave His children free choice?
We are free to decide if what people think about us is more important than what people think about Him. Free to speak up, or remain silent. Free to love our enemies or point our fingers. Free to believe God and obey or to make excuses. Free to seek Him first or to seek the world and what it offers. The list goes on.
When we His children not only stop to consider what it may cost us, but we determine that the cost is just too great, I’m wondering if it is this attitude that fuels the fire that Satan has lit.
People are angry. People are in rage and more often than not, people are exhibiting uncontrollable hatred. People are reacting out of fear, confusion and dismay. People are lost.
For lack of a honest example from the Bride of Christ showing them the way, His way, how are they to know there is a working alternative?
I need to ask myself, “Is the alternative toward fear, anger and uncontrollable hatred, working in me?” Am I doing more than just praying for God to do something as though I have no other responsibility than to put it in His court and wonder why He don’t?
I know His arms are open wide. He is ready to make it a reality for all those who’ll come. To all those who’ll believe.
I believe Lord.
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