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There was a time when man lived by faith. For some it was a time when faith was as common as the sun rising in the morning. Men and ladies of faith enjoyed exercising their faith as much as they enjoyed the warmth of sun on their skin or the ocean breeze blowing through their hair. Faith was all part of living and breathing. It was an integral part of life.
Now is the time of blessing. There is more affluence than ever before. It is a time of opportunity. We grow up believing it is our time to grab a piece of the action. It is our turn to make our mark. We buy cars and homes. We take expensive vacations and we might even give some of it away. We truly enjoy all that God has created, but not so much God.
Tomorrow will be a time of persecution. Others will do quite fine in life with luxuries most abundant and may even be called Christian. Some will praise the new rulers. Some will protest the new rulers. But praise and protest will not define a Christian. A true Christian and believer of "The Way" is defined by his love. It is in the love a Christian enjoys, he will experience the persecution occurring naturally in tomorrow's selfish society.It seems we in America have been giving away our freedoms in exchange for a continued opulent lifestyle. Many in America are not pleased with the exchange. Some have even taken to protest while being identified with their Christian label. As a Christian and believer in "The Way", I think it important to remember who the Christian is and know that by our fruits you will know us.
We may all be labeled "Christian". Some may even hide within the label. We may protest or not, but the true Christian acts out his life in love. If in protest, it will be out of love, not out of hate. It is what drives a true Christian and what defines a believer in "The Way". Love not hate defines a Christian.
Today will be a good day to live out the commandment of love. Our faith needs to be exercised in love so that we are strong when tomorrow's day of persecution arrives. Jesus is coming again…. So protest if you must, but always love and remember… Jesus is coming again.
"For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."~Paul