As I was reading in Judges this week I was struck by the incredible disobedience of the Israelites. Immorality, the worship of idols, fighting amongst each other, rape, murder, etc. The Israelites did evil in the sight of the Lord. And the Lord gave them into the hands of their enemies. The Israelites were afflicted, oppressed and crushed. Only then did they cry out to the Lord, saying, “We have sinned against You, for indeed we have forsaken our God, and served the Baal’s. When He could bear their misery no longer God delivered them.
While I was reading I was also struck by how similar we are to the Israelites of long ago. Children are no longer safe on our streets, in our schools, in our homes (Internet pornography, abuse, etc.), or even in our wombs. We, in the United States have forsaken our God. Even among Christians we no longer live as we should. A large percentage of Christians believe pre-marital sex, extra-marital sex and living together without marriage is ok as well as abortion. Our lives are not much different than those of non-Christians. Meantime we see an increase in wars and turmoil in the world and now, even the United States is being threatened by terrorist groups like the ISIS. Is this what it will take for us, as a country, to turn back to our God and to repent of all the evil we do?
I’m so grateful for those people in my life who have the courage to confront me when I am off track in my thinking or my actions. It is so easy to be caught up in the “world” and to believe all the lies that are out there and to compromise our faith. I’m so grateful to those wonderful people who came to our Gala in July. I’m grateful for all the support they give for a very good cause – caring about women who are in a difficult situation and are suffering. I’m grateful for those who have the courage to stand up for what they believe is right – the sanctity of life – even though it isn’t popular. Ephesians 5:11 says – “Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them.” The Bible says we are to be a light in the darkness. I believe it is wrong to rail against someone when they have made the decision to have an abortion. I believe we are to be a light in the lives of these women and men and show them love and compassion. By example Jesus taught us to love the sinner. He reached out to the tax collector, the woman caught in the act of adultery and the Samaritan woman who had 5 husbands and now lived with another man. Thank goodness he taught us to love the sinner because that is what we all are – sinners. We who believe in Jesus are simply sinners “saved by grace”. There is no sin more powerful than the cross of Jesus. That, my friends, is great news.
One way we have of making a change in our broken world is by becoming educated on what is really going on in the lives of young people. Shelly Donahue is coming, once again, to Jackson to train folks to be instructors in the WAIT (why am I tempted) program which she founded and created. She has recently changed the name to “Tall Truth”. She is passionate about young people. Shelly has 35 years of being and educator. Nineteen of those years she was a health and PE teacher. She teaches “WAIT” training in public and private schools across the country. She truly knows what is going on in the lives the hearts of young people – what they are thinking and what makes them “tick”! She cites the physical, intellectual, spiritual and financial consequences of being sexually active during the teen years. If you would like to know more about this program call us at Turning Point – 733-5162.
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