Tolerated Deceit

We are beginning to hear more and more about Islam being taught in our schools.  An article in Charisma News caught my attention over the holiday about a marine father being banned from his daughters school in Maryland because he protested her being taught the five pillars of islam.  In this article written by Catherine McMillan, his daughter had to affirm “There is no god but Allah” for her assignment.

As our students and young adults hear more and more about Buddha, Allah and other various religions they are becoming more and more confused.  I was fortunate to have been raised in a small town where Christianity was the main stream religion.  Granted I did not grow up in church but there was never any question in my mind who my Saviour was and is – Jesus Christ.  I knew WHO He was but I was not a follower of the Lord.  To put it bluntly, I was on the same level as satan.  “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” James 2:19.

In today’s society tolerance seems to be the acceptable condition of many in the church.  Please don’t misunderstand, I’m not trying to promote strife among religions but I am trying to encourage Christians to press on in their faith in The Gospel of Jesus so others are not led astray…ESPECIALLY our children.

Now that my small town has grown and more diverse the county in which I live has become the least churched county in the state of Alabama with only 14% of our citizens regularly attending church.  Many in my generation have grown up knowing Jesus with no doubt in our mind who is our Saviour.  However, in our knowledge of the Lord have we forgotten or assumed that our children will have the same knowledge with us being scared to even broach the subject of Jesus with them?  Are we going to wait until society has led them to accept other’s religions as part of the norm?  Do we want our children and young adults to lead other’s to The Cross or do we want them to follow other’s into a counterfeit religion being tolerated by society?

Please keep in mind this is coming from someone who has not raised children.  However,  I was a child who was raised in a Christian community and am thankful for the elders in my community who would not tolerate nor dilute the Gospel of Jesus.  They may not have been perfect but they were righteous in the Lord and made no bones about it.  I grew up knowing the Lord and realized His power through their zealousness for Him.  Through many years of temporary victories, self will, veiled eyes and deceit I finally collapsed under the pressures of this world.  I looked back and remembered the elders of my community and realized I wanted some of what they had – some of their God.

As our children and young adults are floating through this life as I did many years ago who are they going to turn to when their world begins to collapse around them?  As parents grow old and self will grows weak, what will their foundation be built on?  Will they remember a community of Christians that depended on the Lord for guidance and strength or will they remember a confused community who tolerated many different gods?  How will they know which god to turn to if they don’t see our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, if they don’t see Him through us?

We can’t assume just because “we” know the Lord that our children do as well.  When they go out into the world and into our schools they are being indoctrinated into many other false religions and becoming more and more confused.  We must encourage our young to not accept, approve or willingly receive any other gods and provoke them and others to want what we have.  Intolerance to false religions is not legalism or condemnation but  glorifying God for our strength in our struggles and joy in our victories which provokes others to see God’s mercies and grace.

It doesn’t matter how old we are, it is never too late.  The Lord loves each and everyone of us.  He wants to use each and everyone of us to provoke others to seek Him but He can’t do this until we accept Him and His plan of salvation – Jesus Christ.  The Lords wants to use YOU to boast of the Cross of Jesus.  – Donna Warren

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