Stand Up

 “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”                                         Matthew 7:1

 

 

The reason this blog is written each week is to have a reason to literally get inside your mind.  Then a change will happen for the good. Government tries to control the media.  The rulers want to have a direct influence upon people.

Any ruling class never desires to let there be a free debate of thought.  In short all nations,   all rulers want to instruct people how to act and react.

It is this writer’s intention to say think in these terms.  There is another way of living.

However, one should understand there is power when one person acts.  Sometimes this is good but other times it is not good.

WWI was started when one or two shots were fired by Garrillo Prencip. It happened in Serajevo when the bullets struck Archduke Fraz Ferdenand and his wife Sophia.  This isolated event started the First World War and this conflagration also brought about WWII.  Great powers went to war that caused the death of millions and destroyed empires.

A couple of shots fired by a crazed assassin literally was the reason for millions going to their early graves.

Once ideas are so dominant in the minds of men then results will be felt for generations.

One of the most horrible events followed WWII which was a betrayal by Roosevelt and Churchill to allow certain groups to be turned over to Stalin.  These people were the victims of a conference called Yalta.  One group was the Cossacks who were mainly Christian that fought with Hitler against the communist in the Waffen SS.

One sight of a mass murder was Camp Peggety in Austria.  About 5.5 million Soviets were returned to Russia.

Three men, Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin, were responsible for the fate of millions. I wonder their place in eternity.

The book of II Samuel, David started to take a census of the people.  He was told do not do this.  He did it anyway.  Later he regretted this as told in II Samuel 24:10,

“And David’s heart smote him after that he had numbered the people.
And David said unto the Lord, I have sinned greatly in that I have done;
And now, I beseech thee, O Lord, take away the iniquity of thy servant;
For I have done very foolishly.”

The result was the death of a great number.  Read II Samuel 24:16,.

“And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it,
the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the
people, it is enough:stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord was
by the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite.”

Even  the followers of God made horrible time mistakes when they acted alone.

When we act it must be God centered.

TODAY

There is a family that has reached national importance because of their Christian standard of conduct.

A man served in WWII.  When he returned he and his brother opened a restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia.  It was called the Dwarf House.  Then in 1967 the first Chick-fil-a started in that city.

Today there are over 1600 Chick-fil-a restaurants.  There are thousands of employees.  Their principles of business are not the norm in the United States or the world.  Here are some of the guiding Christian rules of conduct from the company,

  • It is closed on Sunday
  • Encourages employees to attend church
  • Taken in over 200 children for foster care
  • Donated over $18,000,000 for foster homes and summer camps
  • Scholarship programs of over $23,000,000

The company has been criticized for upholding the Bible concept of marriage.  One man and one woman.  Asked about this the company replied:

“We intend to stay the course.  We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on our principles.”  We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit.  We are a family-owned business, a family – led business, and we are married to our first wives.  We give God thanks for that.”

Here is a modern day Daniel who is willing to be counted.

We should understand that there is a difference in civil rights and morals.  They are not the same.

There are other people who have taken a stand in opposition to evil.

Bob Rowling is the owner of Omni Hotel.  He is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas where his father had an oil and gas company.  The father sold it to Texaco for $476 million.  The proceeds were used to purchase Omni Hotel’s and Gold’s Gym.

It was on November 5, 1999 that this hotel chain announced that all pay per view for adult content would be removed from all the hotel rooms.  This was a very lucrative part of the business.

What had brought this about was when Bob Rowling stayed in his own hotel.  He was stunned when he saw there was adult entertainment was an option for the guests.  When asked about this decision, he replied:

“As a father of two sons, I was uncomfortable with the late night entertainment in our hotels…we made a conscious decision not to profit from pornography and to eliminate the adult movies from our hotels.  I believe it was the right thing to do.”

You must understand that at some time in your Christians witness you must become vocal as well as standing up for righteousness..

Yes, this was the act of one man but now you are aware that in this chaotic modern world some will say no to the power of evil.

One man who now has left that world for eternity I know he was not well educated having completed only the sixth grade but he held over 300 patents.  He made a strong covenant in the eyes of this world to God.  He gave away 90% of the profits to the work of the cause of Christ.    He and his wife lived on the remaining 10%.  At one time R. G. LeTourneau became the leading earth moving manufacturer in the world.

He was one man making a huge difference how the earth was moved.  He was unassuming.  He spoke all over this nation for the gospel of Christ.

What I have laid out is that men today are speaking for Christ in situations where least expected.

Our lives have enormous influence sometimes for good and sometimes for evil.  There are men and women who do heroic acts that we do not know and have never heard.

 

IMPLOSION

When nations flounder to determine their morals since then it is only a set time for them to self -destruct.  From a service of history this is evident.  There must be people who speak out for Christ and the way of God.

Until the citizens capture the public schools again then our people are raised to believe that morals are not necessary.  The sense of right and wrong is now controlled by police in the buildings.  The children are not respectful to teachers as a group.  Here are some of the issues:

  • Teachers practicing sex with the students
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Dope in the schools
  • Bullying
  • Clothing that is suggestive
  • Allowing the Federal government to set moral standards.
  • Dumbing down of discipline
  • Raising the scores in mathematics and science
  • Allowing other religions to be invited

The Old Testament instructs us that as a nation this is what happened to Judah and Israel.  The people lost their soul to the ways of the world.

There is a Jew who speaks on television that I take to be an atheist.  People laugh at his remarks about the Lord.  Yet if it had not been for God he would not be here now.  Jehovah saved his forefathers again and again and again.  This Jew spouts his trivia so thousands can supposedly laugh.  As a Jew, Bill Maher should thank His Creator for his life.  Bill Maher is an ingrate, foul mouthed, vulgar Christian hater, money grabbing Jew.

 

INDIVIDUAL

It was Jesus who set the groundwork for our responsibility.  The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7:13-14 states:

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat;
Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life,
And few there be that find it.”

The disciples were afraid.  One experience is found in Matthew 8:23-26:

“And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
And behold there arose a great tempest in the sea inasmuch that the
ship was covered with the waves; but he was asleep. And his disciples
came to him and awoke him saying, Lord save us; we perish. And he
saith unto them, why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose
and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”

We must not be controlled by fear.  You should never care what the world thinks.  Get real!  The world does not like you.  When you are advanced in years our socialistic rulers want you to die.  This new law, Obamacare, will prove to be hurtful to the aged and sick.

As a Christian we must stand as Jesus told us to.

We have an example of an early Christian who did speak out as told in Acts 6:9,10,15 and 7: 58-59,

“Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue
of the Libertines, and Cyrenians , and Alexandrians, and of them of
Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist
The wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. And all that set in the council,
Looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.”

“And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down
their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they
stoned Stephen calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

The point of this blog is about each of our responsibility to act for righteousness.  Do not resist what you know is Godly.

“Stand up, stand up for Jesus, Ye soldiers of the cross,
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss;
From vic-t’ry unto vic-t’ry His army shall He lead,
Till ev-‘ry foe is vanquished And Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey,
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day:
“Ye that are men now serve Him” against unnumbered
foes, Let courage rise with danger, and strength to
strength oppose.”

                                                            George Duffield

 

Written by: Gerald Fugit

May 11, 2014

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