Ambassador for Christ

“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”    2 Corinthians 5:20
I’ve been a Christian since 2001.  I’ve always striven to never embarrass God with my words or actions.  I don’t always succeed.  There are times when I let my anger and frustration get the better of me.  Then, with God’s help, I’ll collect myself and move on.
There are some people who love to tell others that they are church going, Bible believing Christians, then, when church is over,  they turn around and roll in the same sin the rest of the world does, and see nothing wrong with it.
Social media has helped me see how a lot of “Christians” view the world and their own corner of it.  As a matter of fact, the inspiration for this blog came from one such encounter.
A friend of mine, “Jill”, shared a post from a friend of her’s expressing how great it was that she and her female partner have been together for a while and they were finally going to get married.  Jill gave her best wishes and told them she was happy for them and for what they were going to do.  This isn’t the first time I’ve seen Jill post stuff like this.  She attends church and claims to know her bible, yet she is a huge supporter of the lgbt community and what they stand for, even though it goes against everything God teaches us in the bible.  I confronted her about her support and how she should know better then to delight in their sin.  She and the couple getting married came back and attacked me for being a bigot.  Jill was very vocal about how I was wrong and that God never said gays shouldn’t be together.  I was very heartbroken to see Jill take the stand she did, and to this day she still promotes the homosexual lifestyle as a legitimate Christian choice.
Is Jill an ambassador of Christ, or is she walking hand in hand with sin: straight to the gates of hell?  You can say she is an ambassador…but of Satan.  While under the guise of Christianity, she’s pushing the enemy’s agenda.  This is only one example of millions of Christians, knowingly or not, misrepresenting God and His gospel.  So what does a true ambassador look like?  How should he or she be representing the kingdom of God?
An ambassador is a diplomatic official, of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state, to another, as it’s resident representative.  Some synonyms for the position are agent, emissary or minister.  1 Peter 2:9 tells us that God has chosen us to be the ones to speak for Him, telling the world how He brought us out of the darkness of sin, and into the light.  Jesus also tells His disciples (and to us) that we should go into the whole world and preach the gospel.  So God has appointed us and is sending us out into the kingdom of the world to represent Him and His kingdom.
 We shouldn’t worry what to say when we get out there.  Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit will give us the words (Mark 13:11).  We will speak only of what we know and that is the truth of God.  The Spirit of truth will guide us into all truth and He will only speak to glorify Jesus.  We take the truth of God’s kingdom and tell the world.
As ambassadors, we reflect the image of our King to the nations and people living there.  It’s our job to truthfully represent Him and everything He stands for: no matter what.  We are the light of the world and we should be shining that light for everyone to see.  If anyone should ask, we should be able to tell them why we live our lives for Jesus and rightly reveal His truth for their lives and the whole world.
There are many who claim to speak for Jesus but they go and deny Him by their actions and words.  These false ambassadors have been given a warning from Jesus Himself:
32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
The wrap up:
Examine yourself.  Make sure when you make it known that you represent Jesus, you’re speaking the truth.  Don’t let the world corrupt your message and turn your thinking around so you look and act more like them then the one you claim to speak for.

The world wants wrong to be right.

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”
       Isaiah 5:13
When I talk about transgenders and anyone else in the LGBT, I use the word “delusion”.  My wife thinks it too harsh but I disagree.  Here’s the definition of the word.
– A belief that is not true
– A false idea or belief that is caused by mental illness
Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary

She believes “self-deception” is a more apt word.  On this we’ll agree to disagree.  I forget where I heard this quote so I’ll paraphrase it.  Giving a transgender an operation to change their sex is like giving an anorexic liposuction to remove their fat.
With the president proclaiming June as LGBT pride month, as well as the legalization of gay marriage last year, the delusions are growing more powerful and their acceptance has spread like a weed we can no longer uproot.

As a Christian, I see this world falling apart.  The delusions of a minority, overriding the God given common sense of the majority, feels like a huge tipping point.  Christianity has been under fire for about the last ten years.  More then the last five decades combined.  Sadly, more and more  churches are rolling over and giving in to sin, along with the rest of the world, and calling it acceptable.
“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”
       Judges 21:25
the world at large is carrying on just as the Israelites did back then.  Whatever they feel like doing, no matter how morally wrong or debased.  As long as they like it, it’s fine.
I have a daughter who will be starting school soon and I don’t know what they’ll be teaching her.  Already the schools have to bow to the whims of the transgenders and in a year or two, who knows how bad it will get.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it”
       Proverbs 22:6
This brings me to my point. What the LGBT and government are pushing on us is the justification of sin.  Proverbs 6:16-19 starts by saying, “These six things the Lord hates, Yes seven are an abomination to Him:”.  It goes on to list pride, lying, murder, those who oppose God, people who are quick to run towards sin and people spreading rumors to undermine God.  Sin is sin!  Big or small.  God doesn’t condone any of it!
“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
       1 Peter 3:12
Now before anyone goes and decides to get upset over anything I said, God won’t allow sin into heaven.  He sent His only Son as a sacrifice for the  remission of sin and 1 John 3: 4-9 says that God doesn’t have sin in Him and those who are His practice righteousness and are like Him.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
       Romans 6:23
Now for the good news!  God doesn’t want us to be this way.  He wants everyone to come to the knowledge of Him and give up their sinful nature and be free.  Sin is an attractive slave master that fools you into believing a lie and trapping you there and the longer you are there, the harder it is to get out.  Not impossible, but really tough to let go.
THE WRAP UP:
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.  And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”          John 8:34-36

 

 

 

 

 

What is BLACK/WHITE

Over the years I’ve seen many posts, blogs and web sites claiming to speak in the name of God.  Many have been very good but a lot missed the mark and were nothing more then a place where people who claimed to be Christian used the platform to justify their sin and advance a lie to confuse those who don’t know what the truth really is.

It’s my hope to bring Biblical truth to the world and advance God’s kingdom into a world that hates and rejects His word.  In the coming weeks, months and if all goes well years I want to take what God is showing me and present it to the world. I’m not going to sugar coat the truth or tell people what they want to hear.  The truth is never easy if you find it offensive and I’m sure some will.

I named this blog BLACK/WHITE because that’s how God sees us and the world.  He doesn’t have a rainbow of greys.  He doesn’t have a middle ground.  In Matthew 12:30 Jesus told His disciples and those around Him, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.”  Simply put, either you are with Him or against Him.  Don’t kid yourself and think you can go to church on Sunday and show everyone how great a Christian you are then go out the rest of the week and act like hell.  When the time comes to give an account for your life God won’t be swayed by pleas of mercy.  We have a small amount of time here and we have to make the most of it.  Give God your everything now so when you do see him on your day of judgment He will look at you and say “well done, good and faithful servant.”

I look forward to hearing any comments you may have.