Tuesday, April 10, 2007

God + 1 = a majority

Actually, God alone is a majority.  I think we forget sometimes that He doesn’t require our approval to act or to define right and wrong.  I continue to be challenged by the example of William Wilberforce, who decided it wasn’t foolish to tenaciously pursue the eradication of slavery in Britain, regardless of public opinion.  Had Wilberforce not taken his stand, the Lord would probably have chosen another means to accomplish the same end (consider the violent Civil War that ended slavery in our own land).  I think we convince ourselves not to stand for causes that appear irretrievably lost, when the Lord may be looking for even a few who will take a stand unpopular among men, but squarely in line with the Lord’s will.  The scripture resounds with the courage of Moses and Joseph, of Daniel and of Esther.  Their orientation for direction and guidance was the Lord, Himself, despite the overwhelming presence of a powerful human monarch.  We live in a land without a king, but with a compelling value structure that centers on sinful self-centeredness.  I believe that we should remember that we have been born for this time, not just to be another leaf swept in the current, but to live in alignment with Him.  In such a way, the course of a nation can be redirected.  Let’s not forget the value of one life, of each of our lives, and the great worth of our unborn children as we live before our Lord.


Esther 4:12 When Esther's words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: "Do not think that because you are in the king's house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"




Rob Smith

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