2-22-2017

Scriptural Truth –Who’s Side Are You On?

 

Shortly after Joshua had taken over the leadership of Israel, he was standing by the Jordan River just opposite of Jericho, when a man with a drawn sword appeared against him. Joshua approached him and inquired, “Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?” (Josh. 5:13). Joshua wanted to establish whether this man was on Israel’s side, or an enemy of God’s people. He needed to know whether the man presented a threat, or could be counted on. The possibility that he might be neutral was not considered — he had a drawn sword. Following the episode when Aaron and Israel had made the golden calf and Israel had worshipped it, Moses “stood in the gate of the camp and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? Let him come unto me” (Exo. 32:26). He needed to know whom he could count on to stand up for the right. A sharp distinction was needed, who wanted to worship the Egyptian god and those who were still loyal to the Lord. For those today who call themselves “Christian” can the world tell that you are on the Lord’s side? The Lord needs boldness of those who choose to follow him. He needs individuals to whom there can be no doubt they stand with Him. Too many “Christians” dabble in worldly ways, partaking in the customs and habits of the world’s sinfulness. As a consequence, the line between Christians and the world’s people becomes blurred. Too many talk like the world with vulgar/cursing language, taking the Lord’s name in vain, using OMG on social media or saying oh my god to express their feelings of emotion. Individuals dress or undress like the world, in garments too brief, short, low, or thin. They are declaring whose side they are on and it’s not the Lord’s. . What happened to modesty and shame? They frequent the world’s spots, such as gambling casinos, nightclubs, public swimming pools, dances, etc. How inconsistent it is when one who has declared himself on the Lord’s side to try and fit in at one of these spots. The Lord wants people who are decisive. They make up their minds which side they are on, and then try their best to live it. He doesn’t want his people to be lukewarm, weak-willed or fence-straddlers. The Lord wants people who are loyal, unwavering and serve Him. Can he depend on YOU because there is no neutral ground? Until next week this is the ScripturalTruth, Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net or Facebook.

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