Wednesday, April 1, 2015

on the frontier

  It occurred to me that Christians are always living on the "frontier".  No one becomes a Christian automatically by birth.  That happens by choice in the course of life when he or she recognizes that Jesus was not myth or man but Messiah...God in the flesh...and when that person bows before Jesus and invites Him in to their heart. 
Consequently, in every generation the church of believers is newly formed.  Christianity cannot be transmitted by tradition alone.  It is communicated by the testimony of changed lives and the proclamation of the good news.  We live in a day when the presence of Christians is perceived as an annoyance to modern culture, where man has decided he knows better than God how to order the matters of living.  So it falls to the true Christian, living in this new frontier, to continue to stand for truth even as darkness has become society's light. 
When people gathered long ago to build their own temple to heaven and called it the Tower of Babel, God scattered the people.  Today the people don't have to live in the same place to build that tower.  Modern media allows the tower to be built electronically.  And so, living in this frontier, Christians are called to continue to share how the Lord lives, dwells within believers, and holds the key to eternal life.  These truths are unchanging, even if the nature of the frontier is.
Psalm 29:8 The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.  The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare.  In his Temple everyone shouts, "Glory"!
Rob Smith

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