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6/28/2004

Battling the Wrong Enemy 

It's time for Thanea to climb up on her soapbox. It happens from time to time and Warren has to step in to make me step down again.

Today's rant: Trying to change the world without changing souls.

As I left for a job interview today, I was listening to Alistair Begg, one of Warren's favorite preachers. He was speaking on idols and how Satan likes to deceive us. There are idols like Baal and idols like money. But what about the idols that many wonderful, devout Christians follow: causes?

Do I support the pro-life movement? Yes!

Do I believe in same-sex marriage? No!

Do I want my daughter to see gratuitous sex and violence on television? No!

But if I want this world to truly change, I have to share Jesus with everyone I meet. The Southern Baptist Convention weighed the question of pulling children out of public schools. As a teacher in a public school for the last three years, I realize how bad it can be. I also know those kids need to see the only Light which really matters, Jesus Christ. I'm sure some of you say that I can't share with those kids. What I share is love. Love that allows me opportunities to share Christ in settings outside of the school.

Can we legislate morality? One word: Prohibition. Does that mean we should eschew politics and allow America to go to Hell in a handbasket? No! But my job is to change those people who make the decisions.

Satan wants us to fight for our causes! While we are battling for causes, Satan is claiming souls. You tell me which is more important.

When I stand before God, I don't want to be accused of fighting for causes when I should have been winning souls. May God lead me to those who need Jesus Christ. He has so far, and I have no reason to doubt He will again.

So now I ask you, which battle are you fighting?


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