Our nation stands at a crossroad.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.
And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and preaching the good news of Jesus as the Christ.
Click Acts 5:28-29 above to read the chapter and see the verses in context
Peter and the apostles risked their lives to tell the story of salvation after the crucifixion of Jesus. Jail didn’t stop them. In Acts 5:17-40. they stood before the Sadducees who warned the apostles not to speak of Jesus. After release, the apostles and the group continued to preach Jesus. Infuriated Sadducees planned to execute these men of God. An influential Pharisee named Gamaliel advised against it, so they flogged them and let them go.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, flogging means to beat someone with a rod or whip. The first definition applies here. The men suffered painful wounds. But no sooner had the group received the flogging than they continued their work, knocking on doors with their good news. Did they stagger from their pain?
America suffers different testing. We get in trouble for calling out sin. In the 50s and 60s a popular singer, Anita Bryant, fought the drive to make homosexuality respectable. Hollywood blackballed her. A spokesman for orange juice, the company removed her. No one stood up for her in a meaninful way.
Sixty-plus years later, a transgender man who called himself a woman complained of being offended by being called “he.” The offender apologised.
The LORD formed a boy in a woman’s womb. He became a man who wanted to be a woman, going through dangerous surgery. And now he wants us to honor his sin by adding our own. We must call him “her.” I'm sorry sir. It ain't gonna happen.
Society changes with breakneck speed. People lose their businesses and livelihood because they won’t take part in gay weddings. Thankfully the Supreme Court protects religious freedom, but not before the businesses bankrupt.
That confused man and those people defiling weddings don’t consider the offense they cause God. You don't offend God if you have any sense. Do we believe the pandemic happened by accident? Did 383,351 deaths in America take place for no reason? (Numbers as of January 14,2021)
The year 2020 shocked the world. Homosexuality and its outgrowth don't share all the blame. Shall we talk about abortion? I have divorce and other sinful failures in my past--once at least as a Christian. The LORD forgave me but the LORD forgave David and his baby still died.
We as Christians hurt the LORD with our "Tolerance." The Baptist church in our town does gay weddings. The Catholic Bishop put out a statement that the Catholic church plans to do them. Those churchs should now be ghost towns.
Another church in our town lost most of its congregation because it refused to do gay weddings. Why isn't it now a megachurch? Love sinners. Welcome them. But don't honor the sin.
I read on Facebook that the Korean government sentences Christians to prison to starve them to death. In Nigeria, terrorist groups kidnap Christian girls, rape them, and force them to live with their captors. The government allows this.
If we don’t stand against sin, we’ll graduate to worse persecution, soon joining the ranks of Korea and Nigeria in horror.
We must obey God rather than man.
Dear Lord, please give Christians all over the world courage in the face of persecution. Please guide us to copy the apostles.
Painting: Bust of St. Peter by Anton van Dyck 1599-1641