• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Things To Contemplate

What if God were to suddenly remove from the face of the earth every Christian who has been criticized or vilified by another Christian for not being “holy” enough or not acting the way their critics think they ought to act? How much better off would your life be? Imagine what it would be like if all the people, everyone you don’t like, were gone in an instant because you were offended by their fundamentalist Biblical beliefs that challenged popular thought and spoke out against the very things the Bible calls abominations and sin before God? How much better would the world be? Imagine if you were the judge of the world and at your word all those who oppose you would be condemned to death.

Can you imagine how “perfect” the world would be if only those who deny Christ and hate His church were in charge of every facet of pubic life, doctors, teachers, policemen, lawyers, judges, politicians, restaurateurs, municipal employees, carpenters, architects, artists, musicians, sports figures, all news media persons, salespersons, grocers, farmers, research scientists, all entertainers, bankers, brokers, insurance companies, energy companies, transportation companies and so on, and anyone espousing a belief in Jesus Christ would be denied equal or any access to any of these services at best and vilified, persecuted and punished at worst unless they publicly renounced their faith in Him and embraced the anti-Christ spirit and his ways of life?

Seems absurd that such a state of things could ever happen in this country, not to mention all over the world, right?

Well, whether we are willing to believe it or not this was essentially the world Jesus was born into at His birth. Only a remnant, a handful of lowly shepherds and faithful believers in the covenants and the Law of Moses and the prophets looked hopingly for His coming.

Most of the world was engaged in life at an ungodly level and particularly those who claimed to be the “keepers of the law,” the Pharisees and scribes. The secular world had no moral compass by which they all lived. It was everyman for himself, and each one engaged without impunity in whatever pleased him without regard for who was hurt, abused, used or destroyed by it.

Evil reigned in the hearts of all, and those who sought for light stumbled about in darkness, hoping against hope that the words of the prophets would one day be proven to be true.

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” Isaiah 9:2

So, today we are in a world not unlike the world in Jesus’ day with one profound exception, we have Him now in our hearts with the Father and the Holy Spirit. We have His Word to guide us as a lamp so that our feet will not stumble and we have the assurance of the resurrection and the hope of eternal life sealed with the Holy Spirit both with us and in us, to be our Teacher, our Guide, our Comforter and our Peace.

The call of Jesus to every faith-in-God-believing heart is, “Come, follow Me!” and we answer, “Yes Lord!” and we follow Him.

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