Across the Preacher’s Desk: Whose Side Are You On?

Tim PerkinsMay 18, 2023 - I enjoy history. In my reading about the American “Civil War” (sometimes referred to as “The War of Northern Aggression”) I read of a woman who heard that the enemy (Yankees!) was approaching. She immediately grabbed a poker from beside the fireplace and rushed out of the house into the yard. Someone standing nearby laughed and asked, “What good do you think that poker will do against guns?” She grimly replied, “At least they will know which side I am on!”

Jesus was concerned about this when he said, “He that is not with me is against me” (Matthew 12:30) There is no such thing in Christianity as a “middle of the road” position. We may refuse to take part in the troubles of individuals. We may refuse to take part in the differences in nations. We may refuse to get involved in the political debates that rage in our nation. But we cannot refuse to take a part in the work of the Lord. Refusal places us against Christ. In no other condition in life is this felt so severely as the work of Christ. There is a reason for this. Our final home with God depends on what we do while we dwell on this earth. We are constantly fighting evil and upholding right if we live as Jesus would have us to live and according to his teachings. It is a race. It is a battle. It is a struggle. There is no place where we may rest and there is no possibility of capitulation. We must be constantly on the march.

We need to pick up our pokers and let the devil and his crowd know whose side we are on.

It’s something to think about... tbp

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