I write to you with a heavy heart. The family is really been attacked in our country and in the world as a whole. In my daily readings, the Lord gave me a clear mandate (official instruction) that it is time to blow the trumpet. In Joel 3:14 (NLT), the Bible says, “Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision. There the day of the Lord will soon arrive.” It is now the time for us to blow the trumpet. We need to warn the people.
Young people are not being told what is true and what the Word of God says about very delicate situations that are being blatantly spoken about in the world. There is such decay taking place through the media at the moment and it is concerning. Issues such as the sovereignty of the marriage, people are treating decisions like divorce very lightly, the taking of human life (in particular abortion), homosexuality, pornography, lack of respect from children towards their parents, the lack of example in the home in leadership from parents towards their children, the lack of mentor-ship and role leaders in the household … and it is growing worse continually.
I am naturally optimistic, but reality needs to be faced. I turned on the television last night only to see that the top awards of the latest movies in Europe are being given to films elevating lesbianism and nobody is saying anything about it. We cannot continue to allow these things to creep in through the kitchen door of our homes without addressing them. Our children need to know what is right and what is wrong. Truth needs to prevail. God is calling the church to stand up and be counted. We recently had a report from a prominent national politician asking for the stop of rape and abuse of children and women. He said that it is the responsibility of the church, which is you and me by the way, to stop this carnage! People are waiting for answers. We have the answers my friend. We need to be more vocal and outspoken about it. Yes the answer is love, and when you love someone you will tell them the truth. The truth is what will set us free.
John 8:36 says; “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” Jesus is the truth and you and I have an obligation, we need to blow that trumpet. We cannot say it is somebody else’s responsibility. When we stand before the Lord one day, we will all give an account. He is going to simply ask you and me, “What did you do with the truth that I gave you?”
Christianity is definitely not for sissies. It is so much easier just to run with the crowd. I remember Gypsy Smith said; “It takes a live fish to swim against the current, it takes a dead one to flow with it.” I want to leave you with this thought: “in order for evil to abound, all that good people have to do is nothing”. It’s better that we never knew the truth, than to know and to not speak up. The sixteenth president of the United States of America, who was murdered for his stand on the abolishing of the slave trade, Abraham Lincoln, wrote a letter to his son’s school teacher when his son went to school for the first time: He will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just, all men are not true, but teach him, however, that for every scoundrel there is a hero; that for every selfish politician, there is a dedicated leader. Teach him for every enemy, there is a friend. Steer him away from envy. If you can, teach him the secret of quiet laughter. Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick (beat). Teach him if you can the wonder of books, but also give him quiet time to ponder the eternal, the mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and the flowers on a green hillside.
In the school, teach him it is far more honourable to fail than to cheat. Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong. Teach him to be gentle with gentle people and to be tough with the tough. Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting on the band wagon. Teach him to listen to all men, but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth, and take only the good that comes through.
Teach him if you can how to laugh when he is sad. Teach him there is no shame in tears; teach him to scoff at synics and to beware of too much sweetness. Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders, but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob and to stand and fight if he thinks he is right. Treat him gently, but do not cuddle him, because only the test of fire makes fine steel.
Let him have the courage to be impatient. Let him have the patience to be brave. Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself because then he will have sublime faith in mankind. This is a big order, but see what you can do… He is such a fine fellow, my son!”
My dear friends we need to be courageous, we need to stand up and be counted, we need to get back to basics, we need to protect our family and by so doing protect our nation.
Yours in Christ
Angus & Jill Buchan & the Shalom team
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