The Rev. James Cole: Put the Christian message front, center

Have you ever noticed how people get their message out for whatever they are trying to promote, sell or discuss? It surrounds us daily, at every turn, no matter where you look, someone or something is being put in front of us to get our attention and hopefully a response. But the sad thing about this is that it is a one-sided ordeal for the most part.

 

I get so frustrated when I hear about an incident in this great country that we live in, where a Christian is silenced because of their faith. It appears that everyone, except for Christians, is allowed to have their beliefs and/or their values (or should I say lack of values) shoved in our faces and we are not allowed to speak out about it.

For instance, I was in the grocery checkout line one time with my wife and our children and right there in front of us were magazines showing almost naked bodies and captions about extremely inappropriate things. I confronted the manager about the magazines and asked if they could put them on their own aisle so that I would then have the choice of whether to go down the aisle, and if I chose to go down that aisle, then I would take responsibility for whatever display I would be subjected to. The manager informed me that the magazines were placed at the checkout for marketing purposes in order to get people to buy them and that is where they would stay.

It isn’t just at the checkouts that this is happening; it is happening on billboards, commercials, everywhere you look, there it is.

You see, they are constantly shoving their agendas and their beliefs in our faces and we are expected to just sit back and accept it, yet we are the ones being accused of bombarding people with our Christian faith.

Sin is paraded around in this country, almost like being pulled around in a cart for everyone to see just like it is written in Isaiah chapter 5. Sin is celebrated in this country also and doesn’t cause anyone to feel any shame like what is spoken of in Jeremiah chapter 8. Yet if we have a cross put up somewhere, we are told to take it down; if we pray in public we are told to stop because it might offend someone; anything that has a reference to Jesus Christ is rejected and called hate speech. And the biggest problem with all of this is that it seems that many professing Christians cave in and let this happen.

It’s time to put a stop to this. Christians must stand up for their faith and not give in.

If we truly believe that apart from Jesus Christ someone will go to an eternal hell, then why would we just sit back and let things go? Why aren’t we fighting to keep our crosses up, to keep the Ten Commandments on display, to be able to show forth our faith apart from some bumper sticker or silly t-shirt?

It is time for Christians to stand up and declare like Paul did in Romans chapter 1, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” We need to stand up and fight for our faith to be publicly displayed regardless of what others may think. It is apparent that they don’t care what we think.

 

The Rev. James Cole is pastor of Sovereign Grace Community Church in Grovetown.

 

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