Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Listening For God

"Where there is no vision, the people perish".

We must wait upon God if we are to see Him, to have a vision of Him. The time element in vision is essential. Our hearts are like a sensitive photographer's plate; and in order to have God revealed there, we must sit at His feet a long time. The troubled surface of a lake will not reflect an object.

Our lives must be quiet and restful if we would see God. There is power in the sight of some things to affect one's life. Have you noticed how a quiet sunset will bring peace to a troubled heart. 

Our vision of God will always transform our life.
  • Jacob saw God at Jabbok's ford, and became Israel. 
  • The vision of God transformed Gideon from a coward into a valiant soldier. 
  • The vision of Christ changed Thomas from a doubting follower into a loyal, devout disciple.

There have been many men whose visions of God have transformed their lives. 
  • William Carey saw God, and left his shoemaker's bench and went to India. 
  • David Livingstone saw God, and left all to follow Him through the jungles of dark Africa. 
  • David Brainerd caught a vision of God and became a missionary to the native Indians in eastern Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.

Scores and hundreds have had visions of God, and are today in the uttermost parts of the earth working for the speedy evangelization of the heathen.

Do you hear the whisperings of God. He is always whispering to us, only we do not hear, because of the noise, hurry, and distraction which life causes as it rushes on.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Is the government "playing political football with women's health."

When President Barack Obama made a supportive call to Georgetown student Sandra Fluke, he took a definite position on America's contraception controversy as a woman's rights issue, and in doing so turned his back on the religious freedom concerns involved in the matter. The controversy stirs up questions that are much deeper than whether Rush Limbaugh should be calling a female law student a "slut".
  • It demands that Americans make decisions about how far they want the government micromanaging every aspect of their lives. 
  • It demands that Americans take a stand about how far an institution should be forced to financially support personal decisions that violate its religious and moral codes. 

The issue is not about whether contraception is useful for society. It's not whether the easy availability of contraception protects students or just encourages sexual promiscuity. 

The issues are these: 
  • Should Georgetown, a Catholic institution, be forced to cover contraception in its health plans when the Catholic Church opposes contraception? 
  • Does the U.S. government have the authority to demand such a thing? 
  • Do we want the government making decisions about how we run our businesses and our schools and our homes, down to the fine details? 
  • Where does this sort of invasion end? 

The whole matter is not about women's health or "reproductive justice." The matter is about forcing the entire country, regardless of religious or moral values, to submit to a far-left sexual agenda.

We, as Christians, need to take a stand; not just for our "freedom," but for our "Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." We must not continue to be "pushed around."