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Gospel Music Roundup: Strong words for a strong battle.
This is to be a slightly yet remarkably different edition of Gospel Music Roundup.
There are battles being fought all over the world, but these are not battles of guns, knives, swords, or weapons of mass destruction; These are battles for the lives of the defenseless. And, yes, YOU are being called.
Matthew 19:13 Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
In Sunday School, we were taught the ten commandments as children. NOT the ten suggestions, or the ten moral guidelines, These were the ten COMMANDMENTS from the author of life and the creator of the universe, the omniscient omnipotent omnipresent GOD.
We were taught even further, the teaching of Paul in the book of Ephesians, Chapter 6, verse three, a further enlightenment on the commandment, “Honor your father and your mother”- which is the first commandment with a promise – “That it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
But, often the curriculum neglected to take it one step further to what the Bible says in Ephesians 6:4.
Fathers, do not exasperate your children, instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
As well, most Children were not taught Colossians 3:21
Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
And to add some much-needed emphasis to guarding the hearts of these children, JESUS says in
Matt. 18: 6
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea!
Of course, to children these may seem irrelevant or even drastic. But as we grow and learn, for Parents, and others who work with Children, the teaching is CLEAR. We are to be their encouragers, their teachers, their providers and their Guardians. Most of all, though, we are to LOVE them.
Yet in this so-called “Age of enlightenment”, child abuse is more rampant than ever. Even in this sleepy little area where I live, where 15 years ago such cases were mere whispers and gossip, they have now become nightly fare on the evening news.
To further the tragedy, this trend is followed closely by the hideous practice of killing the unborn out of convenience, and it has reached epidemic proportions. A precious gift of God has become a matter where mere humans are trying to legislate around the horror of it, calling it CHOICE.
Yes, this is stronger language than I normally approach these pod casts with, but there is a fight going on that we must choose sides with, and just like in the old testament where God called His people to do battle against His enemies, He is calling us to battle, and the Battle is the Lord’s!
I have talked often of the great friendship I have with composer, singer and producer Dave Berland.
Dave has written a song about our need to stand firm against this onslaught that flies in the face of all that is good and right and commanded of God, and I want to lead off with that song tonight, a song that should become the national anthem of the fight for the unborn, and it is aptly called, FIGHT THIS FIGHT.
It’s time for a re-training. Not only in America, but across this land. Neglect and abuse and dehumanizing behaviors are going on in backyards around the globe. It’s time to look back on what Christ says about Loving each other:
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
Again, in (Psalm 82:3-4).
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked
In Proverbs 24:11-12, it says to:
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?
As you can see, this is no NAMBY-PAMBY feel-good course of action: This is a proactive, urgent call to action on the part of believers all throughout the world and throughout TIME.
Let God speak to your heart about what you need to do next. I could sit here and try to give you step-by-step instructions, but I believe the answers already lie in your heart by the conviction of the Holy Spirit!
You are his chosen people, the Called ones who are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, and who are ready to cry out, Here am I, Lord, Send ME!
Thank you for your time, for allowing me this brief moment to pour out my passion to you, and most of all for your yielding to what the SPIRIT is telling you to do!
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