Being Wise As a Serpent and Gentile as a Dove

As we stand firmly and confidently against the powers of darkness that have taken aim on our society, our way of life, our Judeo-Christian heritage and our homes, we must always be mindful, wise, and walk carefully through the minefields of life. …

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Being Wise As a Serpent and Gentile as a Dove
Wise as a Serpent Gentle as a Dove

Let us be sure that when we discuss any matter that we are deeply passionate about, that we consider that people are still people. All people were created in the image and likeness of God. They were knit together in their mother's womb by the Creator Himself. We should not feel that it is okay to act out of alignment with the character of our Messiah, as we take aim at the lies that ensnare people in sins of various kinds. We must all remember that ALL have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. Meaning that none of us have lived a life without sin so we should surely understand when others are deceived and ensnared by it just like we have been at various times.
 
Sometimes when our deeply held convictions are under attack, we can feel like people might "deserve" this kind of treatment or that kind of treatment. But we must remember the commandments of God when dealing with others. We are to give a reason for the hope that lies within us with gentleness and respect.
 
Over the years I have stood out and spoken out about issues I have strong convictions about. I have defended traditional marriage. I have defended celibacy until marriage. I have defended the right for children to be protected from painful torture and brutally being killed in their own mother's womb. I have stood against the promotion of sharia law and porous borders that allow unabated and unfiltered immigration. I have stood against the leftist rhetoric that promotes every secular and immoral value imaginable.
 
I stand against the gross immorality that goes on in "pride" parades that would otherwise cause other citizens to be arrested, and charged with indecent exposure or other crimes. I have stood against the immoral indoctrination of our children with the promotion of explicit sexual indoctrination rather than simply teaching children health and wellness in science class. I have spoken against the suppression of medical truth, due to the fact that it is inconvenient for people to know about certain practices they might engage in, be it sexual or otherwise, and especially when children are the targets....
 
I am passionate about all of these topics, but I must say that though I am passionate and steadfast in my stance on these topics, I believe that we always need to pray for the grace of God to always do our best to represent God well when we stand firmly against things we consider evil and strongly promote those values we hold dear.
 
There are some in the Christian community that often draw a lot of attention because they stoop to levels and tactics that we as followers of the Messiah should not. We always need to look to the question of what our Lord Yeshua would do. Truth is important, as is doing our best to crucify our flesh and to walk by the Spirit of the Living God so that we are above reproach, even amongst a wicked and adulterous generation.
 
People called by the name of the Lord, please consider these scriptures and examine yourselves in light of them on a daily basis:

"Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man."
Colossians 4:3-6 (KJV)

I was recently approached with a matter of a man who has been lauded by some as a freedom fighter for the cause of the Kingdom of God and I know that he believes he is. He is outspoken and has stood in the face of adversity and defied a culture that endorses everything no matter how depraived it is becoming. To be bold is good, to be unwavering for what you believe is also good, but there are some lines that should not be crossed. If we cross those lines we have gone outside of the character of our Lord and we stand in contrast to scripture rather than in alignment with it.

As Christians, we need to be very careful to be wise with our presentation, our methods, and our civil disobedience. We need to navigate shark infested waters with kevlar suits not with fresh bloody meat hanging from our waist. Some citizens are promoting a kind of citizenship which has no respect for authorities at all and act as though God does not intend us to be lawful people. There does come a point in a society when we must obey God rather than man, but when that day may come that the government is so evil as to oppose God in basic liberty, then we must be sure that when we exercise civil disobedience, we do it with exemplary conduct so that before God we are above reproach.

To do otherwise, is not only unwise, but is purely unbiblical. The Christian community must stand out, and each of us must do our utmost, to be in strong opposition to all things evil and ensure that we keep ourselves from all evil as well.

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Jim Blake

All glory goes to the living God, maker of the heavens and the earth, for He alone is worthy of all glory and honor and praise. I consider the sufferings of this age not worthy to be compared to what is to come for those who place their faith in the King of kings and persevere in faith, day by day, until the end.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

Psalm 103:11-18


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