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"What Should I Do?"
By Pastor Bruce Sikes
"What should I do?" "What should I do?" This is the question many Christians are asking themselves over and over again these days. We keep seeing many churches and pastors moving even further away from the Lord. We are witnessing the continued and rapid decline of Godly morality in our society and the church's inability to influence it. Every day the forces of darkness in the world system seem to be growing more powerful. Moreover, underlying it all, there is a strong sense that a real spiritual war is waging for the very souls of the world. Yet the question is still being asked, "What should I do?" "What should I do?"
Surprisingly, many of the people asking this question are mature Christians. One would think that of all people, they would know what to do. What stops them from doing it?
I remember many years ago when I was beginning my ministry, I served as a Police Officer. After several years, I moved to another police department. Being a very dutiful employee, on my first day I asked the old Sergeant, "What should I do?" He looked at me and said, "I don't need to tell you what to do. You've been a cop for a long time. Here's your badge and your weapon. Now go do it!"
And, he was right. I had been given full authority as represented by the badge I wore on my uniform. I was given a weapon to not only defend myself, but others as well. I was assigned a mission to protect and serve my fellow citizens, and to preserve and uphold the letter of the Law. Isn't this extremely similar to what Christians, particularly experienced Christians, are supposed to do?
Has not God given us the authority in the Name of Jesus Christ, a Name above any name, title, government or otherwise? Has not God supplied us with weapons far more powerful than any man made weapons?
"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God..." (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
Furthermore, is it not our duty to serve God and do all we can to serve and help protect His flock? Are we not to preserve and uphold God's Laws, His Word? And like the Policeman above, do we not already know these things? Of course we do!
Perhaps the question we should ask ourselves instead is, "What are we willing to do?" When confronted with opposition we have three basic choices;
#1: "Fight it!
#2: "Surrender to it"
#3: "Ignore it"
Before making a choice, as Christians our first response should be to seek the Lord's guidance. Sometimes this can be a more difficult problem for us than the opposition itself! Why? We must find some time alone with the Lord to pray. This is where the excuses begin. "There is so little time", we say. However, we must make time to pray. In reality, there is not a day when we cannot afford to make time for prayer. Even if it means skipping a meal to pray or going without sleep to pray. Radical, huh? How important is it to you? "What are you willing to do?"
This is when the arch nemesis of modern Christianity comes into play, the twin towers of temptation; "Inconvenience" and "Discomfort". They are the easiest ways to stop a 21st century Christian in his or her tracks. Even if one manages to bear a little inconvenience or suffer a bit of discomfort, the third fatal weakness brings them to a halt; "Endurance". When it gets too tough for too long, we give up. We allow our human nature to take over. We have determined that the cost to us and our lives is too high. "Life is too short!" we boldly proclaim. "It's too stressful." We are not willing to do it anymore. It's at this point where we "Surrender to it. We either quit the fight or choose option #3 and "Ignore it". We just hope it goes away or even better yet, that someone else will do it! We qualify our decision and make a so-called compromise with the opposition for the sake of "peace". Stopping conflict to avoid personal discomfort does not achieve real peace. Temporary peace is no peace at all.
The Lord does not compromise with sin and evil to make peace. God does not make deals with the devil, humans do. Our authority is to preserve the Law not to change it or assume the role of a judge. God alone is the Judge. Our duty is to uphold the Law and point people to the Word of God.
Jesus says, "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters." (Matthew 12:30)
This includes those who by willful ignorance or through fear refuse to engage the enemy on God's behalf. What would we think of a Police Officer that avoids confronting a company or businessman who is engaged in known violations of the Law because he doesn't want to get involved? How about the cop that refuses to intervene in a bank robbery or rape in progress because he may get hurt or lose his pension and job?
This brings us back to the question, "What are you willing to do?" How far are you willing to go for God? How much inconvenience and discomfort are you willing to suffer for speaking God's word to those who have gone astray? How long can you endure? Are you willing to change your routine schedule for an entire day, a whole week, a lifetime?
What price for obedience are you willing to pay? Will you take the hard way for the Lord or seek only the easy path? How many meals can you miss? How much sleep are you willing to lose for the Lord's work? Are you willing to forfeit a raise, lose your status, your position? What about your friends? Can you bear them leaving you? Can you bear to leave them in obedience to the Lord's will?
Jesus bore all those things and much more when He obeyed God the Father unto death on the cross. He refused to make peace with the devil. During His time of temptation in the desert, Jesus rejected the interpretation of the Bible as put forth by the devil. In His ministry, Jesus chose to speak up for God and follow Him in active obedience rather than enjoy the pleasures of fellowship with family and friends. Even when opposition to Him was at its' toughest, Jesus did not tone down His words or take the middle road as so many Christians and pastors do today. Instead, Jesus stood firm and spoke the full truth of God's Word to the corrupt religious establishment and it's leaders, including the secular government. He stood alone in the end. Even His friends abandoned Him.
Jesus knew that the conflict was not in vain. He understood that the cost to Him in suffering, pain and personal sacrifice was temporary and would ultimately bring true peace not only to Him, but for countless billions. Jesus was fully God and fully human. No one needed to tell the human Jesus what to do. He knew what to do and He did it.
"What are you willing to do?"
For Christ and His Remnant,
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