Once a year, a ministry borrows our church for their annual Christmas party. They invite us since we know them and it’s our building, kind of.
We sing Christmas carols, eat a catered meal and hear an inspirational message. I always want to support them because they care about reaching people for Jesus.
I read a quote yesterday about Christianity being great for a pluralistic society because God allows people to accept His gift of salvation, ignore it, or refuse it. He honors their intelligence, their feelings and their boundaries.
As a Christian, when I’m praying for my loved ones to receive Christ so they’re not suffering for eternity in a loveless place where there is “wailing and gnashing of teeth,” as found in Matthew 13 near the end of the chapter, where Jesus is speaking in parables, I wonder if God presents more opportunities for them to understand the message.
My dad used to tell my diabetic sister to drink water instead of diet soda pop because it wasn’t good for her. Eventually, I became aware of all the sodium in it. The salt causes the drinker to thirst, so the customer buys more soda pop and sales go up. Our local store often does a buy 2/ get 3 free sale of soda pop hoping to get more customers to start their product.
I’m hoping God will cause my relatives, friends and many others to hunger and thirst for His righteousness so they’ll want God in their life. That’s why I pray.
I try not to grow weary in prayer because I figure someone prayed me into the kingdom of God. Some people think it’s arrogant to say you know you’re going to heaven, but I say it only because Jesus said it.
Luke 6:17, (KJV): And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;
Luk 6:18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.
Luk 6:19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
Luk 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Luk 6:21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
Luk 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
Luk 6:23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
Earlier tonight, I spent almost an hour online looking to find the quote about Christians living side by side with others that worship other gods in a pluralistic society. I found T.S. Eliot and it might have come from him, but if it did, it wasn’t in the form I read. I have heard of his name, but have been unfamiliar with him and his thoughts.
He is a famous poet and playwright and educator from America with his ancestry from England. He returned to England and gave up his American citizenship for an English citizenship. He watched Europe grapple with their re-structuring after WWI and sensed society moving more towards mankind relying on themselves and becoming more materialistic. He prophesied, in my opinion, on the falling away of the believers in the Christian faith and that society would suffer from turning their backs on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Even in his day, professors in college and prominent writers turned from Christianity. He became a sole conservative voice in his close circle of influence. People respected him, even if they disagreed with his religious viewpoint.
I hope you are enjoying the season of life you find yourself in. May God bless you.