3 in 3 for 3-15-24

By: Steve Huston

As our readers can see from this week’s Decency Minutes, Christians, conservatives, and common sense are under attack by our culture and our government. Over the past several years, it’s gotten increasingly worse and, barring God’s hand of intervention, we, particularly as Christians, can expect the thermostat to be turned up seven-fold on the furnace of affliction. We encourage you to remain faithful unto the end, recognizing that our brothers and sisters around the world have been experiencing worse.

The early believers counted it a privilege to suffer for the sake of Christ. While no one looks forward to suffering, our frame of reference needs to change; it IS a privilege and it’s the common lot of all believers. As Peter warns in I Peter 4:12-19:

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

May the following Decency Minutes narrated by Bill Johnson (click on the title links) and the scripts below act as a kind of prayer list and a reminder that this world is NOT our home.

Exiles in a Foreign Land

Should Christians engage the culture?  The Left seeks to intimidate Christians into withdrawing their influence from the political process.

However, the Bible makes clear that Christians have a duty to be salt and light in our world.  Salt is a preserving agent that slows down decay, while light expels darkness.

As Christians we should actively strive for justice and righteousness in our nation. Loving our neighbor means fostering what is good and opposing that which brings harm.

As Christians in America, we are in a very real sense exiles in a foreign land where godless ideology seems to be winning the day. However, God gives us the same charge that He gave to the Israelites: “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:7)


Firefighters Under Fire

The Left thinks that the law doesn’t apply to them, and that the First Amendment shouldn’t apply to conservatives.

The Left increasingly attempts to silence the voices of those who disagree with them.  This was made clear when New York firefighters used their freedom of speech to boo New York attorney general Laticia James at a promotion event.  James has ignored the rule of law, fabricating baseless charges against Donald Trump.  When firefighters chanted Trump’s name and booed James, NYFD leadership threatened to hunt them down, and in true Soviet-style, ominously warned that it would be better for them to come forward on their own to face “re-education.”

Firefighters have a right to exercise their freedom of speech without fear of government punishment.  This is another attempt to unconstitutionally silence conservatives.  If Biden prevails in November, we can expect the targeting of conservatives to only increase.


Strength in Differences

American culture is in a period where femininity is seen as being accessible to anyone willing to wear enough makeup or go through enough surgeries.

But in the 1830s, Alexis de Tocqueville was so impressed by American women that he wrote these words which affirm how relevant this is as we work to restore our nation to its former greatness: “…If I were asked… to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply: To the superiority of their women.

Of treating men and women as not only equal, but the same, he says, “nothing could ever result but weak men and disorderly women.

History has proven de Tocqueville exactly correct, and to restore America’s greatness, we need to learn to appreciate women for their femininity and men for their masculinity again. May God once more open our eyes to the glory of His design in men and women.

“God’s children are like torches that show dim in the light but burn clear in the dark; so they in prosperity and adversity…. Christians under persecution count that God gives them living enough if He give them their lives…. Persecution is the bellows of the gospel, blowing every spark into a flame; and martyrs’ ashes are the best compost to manure the church.” ~Samuel Clark

“Persecution…does but mow the church, which afterward comes up the thicker for it; it is unholiness that ruins it. Persecutors do but plough God’s field for Him while He is sowing it with the blood that they let out. But profaneness, that roots it up and lays all waste, consciences and churches also.” ~William Gurnall


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