Years ago, I was called in to speak with my then 4th grader’s teacher. The office assistant would not discuss what it was about over the phone. “This is better in person” she said.
Annoyed, I took a personal day off work, and when I met the my daughter’s teacher in her classroom, I immediately recognized something on her desk. As she greeted me, I pointed at it and asked if that was the reason for the meeting.
It was my old bible. Ripped-up, scribbled-on, falling apart at the seams.
She went on to explain that my daughter had given it to another student; and upon taking it home, the other child’s father was infuriated.
I didn’t get it. The other child, was a good friend of my daughter, in fact, they had been best friends for over 2 years. However the physical presence of the bible in their home, was offensive to her family.
I’ve told this story hundreds of times, yet each time I tell it with less shock than I originally felt, and part of that is because we see this type of reaction more and more often.
Does the Bible offend you? Or someone you know?
Two weeks ago, during a Sunday message our Pastor shared, that the church marketing team was facing a bit of a problem. Our church had printed massive signs and banners promoting the upcoming SoCal Harvest, and as always had purchased advertising space from several malls and other establishments. One particular establishment asked the church team to bring one version of the banners down:
In the mall’s defense, mall patrons had complained about this banner in particular.
The Bible in Pastor’ Greg’s hand offended them. The mall spokesman advised there were several complaints and they had even received a threat at the expense of this banner.
The problem with the Bible, is that it’s threatening.
The Bible threatens society’s way of life. There is power in the name of Jesus, and the Bible brings us to conviction. It reminds people of their sin.
It reminds me of my sin.
It reminds me of the impending doom (so to speak) that would befall upon me, if I had not taken the words of the Bible literally and more importantly received the gift of salvation from said doom.
Today, the Irvine Company (the mall’s owner), refuses to host any version of a SoCal banner. Bible or no Bible.
Now, let me ask you…
… when was the last time you took a stroll in the mall, and witnessed something that did not offend you? When was the last time you walked down the street, or drove on the freeway and didn’t see something that made you shake your head at the state of our society?
I can’t remember when that last time was for me, yet in today’s economy, tolerance is just a one way street.
I am expected to tolerate Planned Parenthood practices. I am expected to tolerate same sex marriage. I am expected to tolerate sexually explicit content anywhere and everywhere, etc.
The Bible tells us that these things and so many and more, are evil in the eyes of God. Yet, they are protected by law.
By today’s standard, the word tolerance does not apply to things that remind humanity just how depraved we have become. Tolerance, does not apply to the things of God.
Take a stand.
Edmund Burke once said:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Doing nothing, is not an option for the Christian.
Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.
Philippians 1:27 (NKJV)
Brothers and sisters, let’s stand fast in one spirit. Stand for truth and not evil. Stand for what is right in the eyes of the Lord and not in the eyes of men.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
Stand with the bible. Stand with God’s instructions for living a life pleasing to Him.
The SoCal Harvest…
Fifteen years ago, I recommitted my life to Christ at a Harvest Crusade. My husband later gave his life to Christ at a different crusade, something I had prayed for, for nearly 10 years.
God is moving through this event and the enemy will stop at nothing to prevent the unsaved from coming. This banner thing, is just another one of his ploys, yet even this which he meant for evil, has brought additional attention to the SoCal Harvest.
We are just days away, and I assure you many will come to salvation through this, and I beg you to get involved, even if you’re not in Southern California.
A live webcast will be available all three nights at crusade.harvest.org.
Ways to get involved:
- Share this post.
- Encourage others to attend the SoCal Harvest.
- Invite people into your home to watch theSoCal Harvest online.
- Promote the SoCal Harvest using the images and videos on social media, you can find a big selection here.
- Pray for the event, the volunteers, those in attendance and for Pastor Greg. You’ll find the prayer schedule here.
- If you’re in SoCal, sign up to serve.
- Join the #standwiththebible challenge on Instagram.