Echoes From the Campfire

It doesn’t do us any good to dwell on what could have been.  We just need to make the right choices in the first place.”
               –C. J. Petit  (Ben Gray)

     “For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin’s dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin.”
               –Romans 6:6 (HCSB)
               “In every action we take, we are doing one of two things:  we are either helping to create a hell on earth or helping to bring down a foretaste of heaven.  We are either contributing to the broken condition of the world or participating with God in transforming the world to reflect His righteousness.  We are either advancing the rule of Satan or establishing the reign of God.”
                       –Charles Colson

               “It took one night to take Israel out of Egypt, but forty years to take Egypt out of Israel.”
                       –George Morrison

I’m currently reading a book about the reign of Nero and how he began to persecute Christians.  He took delight in watching the beasts tear them apart and used them as lamps for his new garden.  They were called “haters of humanity” by him.  Crazy as it sounds, those in authority can get people crazed for blood, and even the greatest pacifist can become vile in their sight.
     Listen to the atheists, the detractors and scorners, the pundits and the mockers, and Christianity must be lethal.  In a way it is because it scares them so they have to attack.  To attack so viciously they must have serious doubts about their own ideas, and there lingers within their hearts and minds the possibility of the truth.  It is, however, lethal to their way of life and their way of thinking.  “Do away with it,” they cry, for it affects me.  “If I deny it long enough it is no longer true,” they proclaim in their wishful thinking.  Just think of the many attacks on Jesus, the Word of God, and Christianity.  It is something that is dangerous–dangerous to their agenda and lifestyle.
     If a person is a good Christian, he is a good citizen.  How is that dangerous?  If a person is a good Christian then morality is a virtue.  How can that be dangerous?  The issue is that it is dangerous to those who choose to live an immoral lifestyle, yet it is not Christianity that is the danger, but their lifestyle.  Knowing the truth they choose to believe the lie.
     Years ago I read something from David Wilkerson.  He said, “The Holy Spirit either enrages or convicts.”  There is no neutrality when it comes to the person of Christ or the Bible.  When the heathen rage, know for certain that the Holy Spirit is at work.  They are showing their response to the truth that He brings.  I had a person argue that there is more than Christ to life.  He is too restrictive.  That says it–Christianity disrupts “their” belief system.  Beware when the decon-
structionists say this, “this is my opinion” of this or that scripture.  We do not add our opinion to what God has said.
     When you look at the dangers of Christianity it is not to society or to individuals but to the pleasures of self.  Let me, sin, but call it an alternative lifestyle.  Let me choose my own truth.  It is really after one becomes a Christian that the danger really begins.  Now the forces of the “evil one” are also against them.  To the fearmongers out there, what is it that you really fear?  Is it the day of truth that is in your future?  The only danger confronting them is the refusal of having the soul saved.  There is the danger that they know they are doomed without Christ.