Wonder What Antioch Would Think?

Christian (khris-tee-an-os’)- Christianos

Christ- Jesus Christ

ian- of, relating to, or resembling:

a Christian, that is, follower of Christ.

 

After the persecution that arose about Stephen, the testimony of Christ traveled as far as Phenice, Cyprus and Antioch. We are told that the disciples were called Christians (followers of Christ) first in Antioch. Acts 11:26.

Today, the connotations associated with the name Christian carries many different thoughts.

There are those that think that just because they are born in the United States this places them under the umbrella of the Christian faith, as the United States is often viewed as a Christian nation.

Others take on this politically incorrect ascription because they either presently attend, or at one time in their life have attended a protestant denominational church.

While other don the name simply for fashion purposes, even the wearing of the cross around ones neck is not uncommon place by musicians or those in Hollywood.

Even when Miley Cyrus (alias: Hannah Montana) was interviewed by Barbara Walters, Cyrus said that she would not end up like Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, or Jamie Lynn Spears because she is a Christian.

You see, in our society we can consider ourselves Christian without the commitment and conviction that Christ said His followers MUST have, if they desired to follow Him.

In fact, He exhorted the disciples to count the cost.. Luke 14:25-35, lest they begin to follow and then turn back and walk with Him no more.. John 6:66 

I have given careful consideration to this phenomenon now for a number of years and have come to this conclusion; we do not have to be careful about throwing the name of Christ around or associating (Christ-ian) ourselves with Him, only because it cost us absolutely nothing. 

What if naming the name of Christ could cost you your job, or you placed in jeopardy your home or all of your material possession if you professed faith in His lovely name?

What if you knew your commitment to Christ would cost you your relationship with your family, would you still follow Him?

What if going to church could result in you or your family being dragged out and beaten and if found in a continual practice, you could be imprisoned or even killed. Would you still be a Christian?

Our brothers and sister in China, India, Africa, North Korea,  that walk faithfully with our Lord have this consideration daily. Yet time and time again we find them faithful, sometimes even to death!

For our brothers and sisters that are suffering for the cause of Christ…

“for the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” 1 Peter 3:12

For those who name the name of Christ in America….

“nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” II Timothy 2:19

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Whatsoever a Society Sows, it Will Most Assuredly Reap

I was watching a news program last night and one of the participants in the conversation made the statement that the national high school drop out rate is 40%. I told my wife, surely this was a slip of the tongue. So I decided to google the ‘high school drop out rate rate in america’.  The first hit was an article by USAToday- Big-city schools struggle with graduation rates, and talking about shocking? One must read!

Embedded within the article is a link to a table showing the graduation rates of the 50 largest school districts in the U.S. This is not only a sad testimony for a nation, but how ’bout one that touts itself as a world leader and one to profile ones society after?

What could possibly be the root of the problem? If we consider the fruit comes from the root, it may help us to see that the root was corrupted along time ago. It did not happen over night but was brought to fruition by a persistent and methodical agenda. Until eventually the fruit it is bringing forth is both corrupt and rotten, one would not dare to pick it.

This is analogous of a message the Lord told the prophet Isaiah to take to his people.

“Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?” Isaiah 5:1- 4

In the message of the vineyard, God had done everything possible to make the fruit of the vine both plentiful and sweet. Yet the vine yielded wild (corrupted) fruit. Unfit for the taking.

Consider the deed that our society has done to our children in the public school system by removing God and moral indoctrination from its program. It has rendered a fruit unusable in many instances.

Is prayer important for a nation? How ’bout our public schools?

Our only hope as a society, is that it is not too late to till the soil and fertilize the vineyard in hopes that we might turn this terrible tide. If we as nation do not, we will most assuredly drown in its midst.

Pray

malachi