Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Are You in the Way?
Act 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
Act 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
Act 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
Act 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Act 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
Act 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
Act 9:7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
Act 9:8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought [him] into Damascus.
In this passage, we find the conversion experience of the Apostle Paul, formerly Saul of Tarsus. In Colossians 1:1, he tells us that He is "An Apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God." We certainly can see this b/c he had no desire to follow Jesus. He looked at Christians (folowers of the Way) as being blasphemers worthy of death. He was full of threats and slaughter. He had consented to the death of Stephen, and now, he wanted to stamp out any remembrance of Jesus Christ. He was totally intollerant of Christianity. He saw them as being of The Way, but no doubt saw them as being in the Way.
And throughout History, we have been called upon to be IN THE WAY! We are to make up the hedge for the land, that is getting in the way so judgment won't come. We are to be in the way as salt and light, purifying and retarding corruption in the land. Yes, the world looks at us as being in the way, but we are to be in the Way. We're to be getting in the Way trying to keep folks out of Hell.
Just as Saul was trying to get rid of those in the Way, people today are no different. They see us as Intollerant, biggoted, dogmatic, homophobes who just refuse to live in modernity. While they preach tollerance, they live intollerant of anyone with an opposing viewpoint to their own.
Instead of Tollerance being like Voltaire described when he said, "I may vehemently disagree with what you say, but I will fight to the death for you to have the right to say it," they practice a new tollerance which is intollerance. It can be summed up with the words of a school superintendent in FL not long ago who said, "It is the job of the Public School to not tollerate intollerance." IS THIS NOT INTOLLERANCE?
The truth is we serve an intollerant God. He says, "THOU SHALT NOT HAVE ANY OTHER GODS BEFORE ME." He doesn't tollerate it. So, we must choose. Do we want to live in the way as intollerant or fade off the seen and into oblivion by being tollerant while the world goes to Hell? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! We continue to preach Christ and HIm crucified and the Only Way to Heaven. If this causes me to be In The Way, so be it. I want to get in the way, so maybe someone can be pulled from the fires of Hell and be saved! I ask you, "ARE YOU IN THE WAY?"