4ourLord – Why We Are Here
Over recent years the things that we hold close to our hearts, Jesus, the Bible, and the Church, have been attacked from all sides: the U.S. government (we are witnessing our government minimize and attack our faith as well as remove our Christian heritage from history), foreign governments, media, other religions, and sadly from inside the Church itself. We complain and commiserate that it’s not fair and that someone should do something before it’s a crime to be a Christian or own a Bible. But we do nothing to stop the train that is heading straight for us, and when it gets here, it will be too late.
With the increasing rate at which these pressures advance, we must stand for Truth. We must stand arm-in-arm to make it through the tribulations we face so that we can be the Light that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ commanded us to be. For the Lord says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19–20, ESV)
While it may be challenging or frightening to stand for what we believe, the Apostle Peter admonishes us to do so. Peter tells us, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” (1 Peter 3:15–16, ESV) As many of you know, 1 Peter 3:15 is the apologetic verse calling us to action. The term apologetics comes from the Greek ‘apologia’ (ἀπολογία), which means to give a “defense which a defendant makes before a judge.” (Bible Knowledge Commentary)
The preceding brings to light two critical points. First, we have to always be prepared to stand and give a defense for what we believe. Therefore it is imperative that we have an in-depth understanding of the material we wish to present, so we don’t speak inappropriately. Second, we must do so with humility and respect. Knowing Truth is inadequate; it is demonstrating Truth through kindness and love. When we are in the world, we can become like the world. As James explains, “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4, ESV)
We must recognize that we may be the only ‘Jesus‘ the world ever sees. If we are not like Jesus, why would anyone want to listen to us? In his letter to the Philippians, Paul tells us: “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:1–4, ESV)
So, before you share Truth, ask yourself this question: “Who do I want them to see – is it Jesus, or is it me.” If it’s not Jesus, don’t speak unless and until it is.
We all must mirror John the Baptist who proclaimed, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” (John 1:23, ESV) So, we MUST now stand for Christ; for if not us, then who?
It is the mission of 4ourLord to stand for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as well as the Bible, and to teach the Truth through history, science, archaeology, and philosophy. Jesus tells us, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, ESV) We are not just standing for ourselves as believers, but for those who aren’t, or at least not yet. How much would it sadden the Lord if He loses even just one who did not hear because we would not be courageous and stand in the light?
Again we say, IF NOT US, THEN WHO?
Please join me in standing up for the Lord.
May “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24–26, ESV)