Today we live in a society that is becoming more and more difficult in which to live as a Christian, particularly an awakened Christian, or, as I like to call myself, a Christian Israelite. All moral restraints seem to have gone astray and we are bombarded with ideas and philosophies that are contrary to Biblical teachings and our beliefs. Homosexuality, for example, is being crammed down our throats and there is, or seems to be, little we as believers can do about it. The same goes for legalized abortion, which is nothing less than murder of the unborn. In Ex. 20 we read of the giving of the Ten Commandments, of which the sixth says “Thou shalt not kill”, yet our Christian churches are, on the whole, strangely silent.
There was a time, not really that many years ago, that the Christian community would have stood together and done something about these situations. But now with the wishy-washy attitude of our mainstream churches everything is being accepted and condoned. Of course we cannot blame the Christian community alone. Our lawmakers, judges and courts, who used to preside over us by Common Law (which is and was Bible based), have now substituted the law with other statutes that, for the most part, are definitely not Bible based and contrary to God’s law.
All the Christian or Israel nations are falling apart at the seams, so it seems. All were founded by Anglo-Saxon and kindred people and all are in the same state of moral decay. We may well wonder, why? The answer is simple really! When we lived by God’s rules, we all prospered. But when we lived by our own, or by our Government’s rules, God withdrew most, if not all, of His blessings. It is unpopular today but quite frankly, the reason can be laid to the doorstep of immigration, etc., particularly in the last thirty years when all the Israel countries have been overrun with “strangers of a foreign tongue”. This has also happened in the original mother countries, such as England (Ephraim), Holland (Zebulon), Denmark (Dan), Northern Germany (Judah) and France (Reuben). In those instances, most of the foreigners are of the Islamic faith and they are very militant against Christianity. They have brought with them their own customs and beliefs and by and large refuse to conform to the customs, beliefs and often the laws of the host countries.
When the earlier immigrants came to our shores here in North America they conformed to the customs of the land. They abided by the laws of that land and soon learned the language, if they did not already speak it. The newcomers today by and large refuse to do so. They also insist on their own law system (Sharia for example) in some cases, and we cannot do or say anything about it for that is politically incorrect and intolerable. In other words, they set the rules and we are impotent to do anything about it. But, we are mandated by God to proclaim His word, to live by His law and to be a witness for Him. Elijah, the prophet, said things to King Ahab and to Jezebel and then had to flee for his life. (1Kings 18:19). He had obeyed God and was a witness for the Lord God, but he was not very popular.
The same went for the prophet Jeremiah. He was very unpopular with the theologians (priests) of his day and they tried to kill him. (Jer. 20:26). Later on Jeremiah was in trouble with the King and he was put into prison and thrown into a pit or dungeon. (Jer. 27:38). He was also called a traitor and a trouble maker, yet, in spite of all that he never failed to do God’s bidding. Even our Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostles were ostracized for saying things that were politically incorrect. So, now I ask you, can we as Christian Israelites do less? If we do the bidding of our Lord and Saviour He will stand by us. He also said that if we did not acknowledge Him, He would likewise not acknowledge us. (Luke 12:9).
Still, you may ask, what can we do, there are so few of us? Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them”. (Matt. 18:20). So you see, it does not take an army, two or three will do. If something grieves us we must say or do something to correct it lest we become part of the problem. St. Paul states in 2Cor. 16: 14-15, “Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what part has the faithful with the unbeliever?”
In conclusion, this brings me to the verse quoted at the heading of this article, Josh. 24:15 “Choose you this day whom you will serve…As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”.
Can we therefore as Christian Israelites do less? Nay! And don’t forget “He will be with us, when we do His will”. Amen.