Sometimes my bus gets me to work early and I have time to sit in the donut shop near my job for a few minutes. Today was such a day. As I sat there, watching one of the news programs, I noticed in the news ticker a story about the Playboy headquarters in Indonesia(?) being attacked with rocks. It appears that some Muslims there are angered by the smut magazine's presence in thier nation, so much so that they took the extreme measure of physical violence to make thier point.
Now we, as Christians, may look down upon such fleshly, and soulish tactics. We may even feel justified in condemning such behaviors as overzealous fanaticism, but I ask you fellow western Christian, is our silence concerning the rivers of putrid perversion that have overflowed the banks of Hell and run freely in our streets and in our homes, is our [b]silence[/b] not more criminal than thier throwing stones?
When was the last time you, friend, have lifted up your voice beyond even a hint of whisper to make known your disgust at the rotten filth that is paraded before your eyes and ears every day? It may be that you never have, and perhaps this is due more to some timidity on your part or some other shade of personality, which can be understood, and by God's power and grace overcome; however, how can the unrighteous world not mistake our silence as indifference, or worse, agreement?
Brothers and sisters, how much farther are we going to let our culture and society sink?
Perhaps you feel there is nothing you can do. I'll tell you something from my own experience.
Some time ago, near the place I used to live there was an adult store that opened up. It was near to one of my 'fishing holes' and so I would hand out tracks to people that would go in and out. One particular time I felt especially bold and began to express my heart to a young couple that came out. As I did this the owner(I assume) came out and challenged me to leave them alone. It was pretty unerving, especially since I really dislike conflict, but nevertheless I continued briefly, warning them that such a place is a pit, a horrible pit. I do not know what became of that expect I saw this young couple at the place I worked, not long after and although it was uncomfortable, I could tell they recognised me and I even thought I heard them comment about it.
Besides this, I would regularly pray that this place be brought to nothing. I can tell you that before I left, for some reason I do not know, I saw that the front displays had been emptied and it looked borded up. Oddly enough, before this it looked like someone had tried to break in or caused some damage to it. Whatever the case, as far as I know it shut down. So what is the point?
Beloved, we must do [i]something[/i]. How can we continue to allow our silence to give license to the corrupt consience of our ungodly society. How can we continue to let this nation, which above all nations bears the name CHRISTIAN, continue to preach so loudly and with so much enthusiam to the entire world the morality of debauchery, self-indulgence and unrestrained lust. We are sending missionaries of the Gospel into all the world, but what else?
As I thought about that news ticker this morning, this verse came to mind, which gives me the title for this thread
And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
Christopher Joel Dandrow