To say that these last few days have been hard would be an understatement. It is always a difficult process when God opens our eyes to truth. It is not popular or politically correct to stand on ones belief, especially when they line up with the Word.
David and I have felt for some time now that God was in the process of shifting things around in our ministry. Long before these past few days, things have been in the works to bring us change. His will in our lives is becoming clearer, but is still not completely visible. We have been told several times over the past year that God has bigger plans for us by our praying friends and pastors of the faith.
I have been sharing here about the issue of alcohol sales and consumption at the city park in our hometown. Tuesday night it finally came to a head. The council voted to keep the ordinance in place preventing alcohol on park property. Both sides were well represented at the meeting and were given the opportunity to speak to the council. Those in favor of changing the ordinance to allow alcohol in the park were inconsiderate as folks against the issue spoke. After the vote most of the crowd got up to leave. In the parking lot of city hall heated words were exchanged. One man even yelling and threatening a local pastor.
Rev. David Wilkerson, the founder of Teen Challenge, and the author of The Cross and the Switchblade once said: Alcohol has become the most powerful 'false prophet' of this generation. Wine has created a nation of mockers who want to turn America into one big 'happiness hour'. Recently I have discovered that growing numbers of once-dedicated Christians have turned to social drinking. They are becoming mockers of righteousness.
Since the vote David and I have been openly ridiculed on Facebook. Precious few of our friends came to our defense or even offered a kind word in support. Some of the same people who have come to us asking for prayer have cut us down without mercy. Some of our own church members joined in on the assault. Our own pastor did not come to support David, let alone the principles of the Bible that speak against it.
I have since removed my Facebook page. This is not in a show of defeat or of being a coward , but rather the result of having my eyes opened to the truth. Facebook can be a witnessing tool, but it is more often a place for people to cut each other down while hidden behind a screen.
The day and a half I have spent without it has been refreshing. I never realized how much negativity I was ingesting every day. My time is better spent looking for the good, and not focusing on the bad.
We have finished our study of the book of Romans, and I feel that I have come to the end of my ministry of this blog. I appreciate each and every one of you that has made time to read this page. David is still on Facebook, and if you need prayer he will be happy to respond.
I think that it is fitting to end with these verses from the Apostle Paul:
Ephesians 6:10 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."
I will continue to speak, but in a face to face fashion. David and I continue to spread the Gospel, but with boldness of physically standing; not hidden behind a screen.
I wish you all love and happiness in our Lord Jesus. Continue strong in His Word and He will be strong in you. Cling to that which is good; abstain from that which is evil. Fight the good fight; be a blessing to those you come in contact with daily.