Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Platform of Change

SOAPSOAP {Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer}:

17-20 "Don't be naive. Some people will impugn your motives, others will smear your reputation—just because you believe in Me. Don't be upset when they haul you before the civil authorities. Without knowing it, they've done you—and Me—a favor, given you a platform for preaching the kingdom news! And don't worry about what you'll say or how you'll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words.

If we do the talking, God will supply the words.

Today is a pivotal moment in history. For whatever reasons you might think, the world changed today. It changes every four years, thanks to the peaceful transition of power that our found fathers built into the United States Constitution.

But change is not always a good thing. With such a change of leadership as we have seen today, there can come some very uncomfortable change for some. With the talk of sharing the wealth, fully legalizing abortion, placing certain restrictions on some outlets of the media, creating protected or preferred classes for certain groups -- some of the change we might expect to see could prove very uncomfortable for some.

But we have been charged to stand up against the kind of change that could prove harmful. We have been charged with "preaching the kingdom news" when given a platform. Our Saviour has directed us to speak for Him, and promised to give us the right words.

We have also been charged by our forefathers to stand up to tyranny wherever it might rear it's ugly head. Just as the revolutionaries did over three centuries ago, we must stand up for the freedoms we have been guaranteed by our forefathers and our Heavenly Father.

We must speak up when we feel the message we have to deliver must be heard, whether that message be one from the Father or the fathers of our country. I for one am not convinced that change is always a good thing. In fact, in many cases, certain kinds of change can be exactly the worst thing we could hope for.

Today, our country changed. Today, the world changed. Today, I did not change. I am still a proud American veteran who will stand up and fight for what my country stands for. I am still a devoted follower of Christ who will preach the kingdom news from any platform, regardless of what kind of change might come my way.

Father, the fate of the world rests in Your mighty hands. I know that the second coming of Your Son has been scheduled since the beginning of time, and that there is nothing one man or a million men can do to change that. Change can only effect me in the earthly realm, for I know that my eternity lies with You.

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