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Monday, February 4, 2019

Picking Sides!


The glaring differences between the light and the darkness have never been more evident. It’s not like we’re trying to pick out the differences between robin’s egg blue and turquoise here. Light and dark, black and white, noble and debased, sacrosanct and defiled, good and evil, these are the two poles toward which all men must gravitate, because at this juncture neutrality is not an option. There is no Switzerland here. This is war, it is a war of attrition, and the longer the church keeps silent, the bolder all manner of devils get.

Now, before we proceed, something must be said that will likely rub some of you the wrong way. As long as we treat this war as one isolated battle rather than a protracted, exhaustive, draining series of battles that we must win consistently, our victories will be small, and our defeats will be disastrous.

That’s the one thing the other side has going for it. They’re in it for the long haul, and even when they’re so badly beaten they look like an armless pugilist that just went twelve rounds, they go on to the next skirmish, the next battle, the next tenet they’ve decided to chip away at. They are undeterred by their losses, and emboldened by their victories.

The church on the other hand celebrates its victories for far too long, and bemoans its losses in like manner. Learn from the setback, armor up, and get back at it! Be rejuvenated by the victory, armor up, and get back at it! Don’t dawdle; it’s unseemly.

The reality of evil is becoming so vivid, and the level of debasement to which they are willing to sink so profound, even some who have not been transformed by the renewing of their minds are alarmed by the direction the world is headed in. We knew this would be the case. We were warned, repeatedly, clearly, and without equivocation that in the last days, evil men and seducers would wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

As far as I’m concerned, whenever the Word of God warns of some future shift, some future trend, some future event or wave, it’s not so we could shrug our shoulders and nod our heads awestruck by how right the Bible was. Whenever the future is mentioned in the Word of God, it is for the benefit of the believer, giving the believer time to prepare, to gird himself, and to be ready for what was foretold would come to pass.

If you are not ready for this, then you’ve got no one to blame but you!

Had you been diligent, had you been awake, had you been aware of what the Word said, you would have seen this coming long before it was evident to everyone, and would not currently be breathless going to and fro asking what could be done.

Not to seem too harsh, however, if you don’t know what needs to be done at this juncture, the first thing you must do is to pick a side! Once you’ve picked a side, commit to it, and make it so obvious, so evident, so clear and beyond equivocation, that you will nevermore run the risk of being mistaken for an enemy combatant.

After you have picked your side, seek out and identify those of like mind, those who raise the same banner, and have the same noble pursuits, then together, push back against the enemy, not for an inch or a yard, or a hundred yards, but until they have no more avenues of retreat.

Be bold enough to call a lie what it is when you hear it, and be wise enough to be armed with the truth, thereby successfully winning the argument you have engaged in.

There is nothing more detrimental to the truth than ill prepared foot soldiers. Be instant in season and out of season. There are no time outs in war. Possess the requisite knowledge, and be so immersed in it, that when it is required, it is instant.

It all begins with picking a side, and tragically, it seems much of the church still hasn’t taken that first step as yet. 

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Michael,

I so appreciate your blogs and read them diligently.
I do, however, feel frustrated whenever you talk about the church being silent in the face of the evil going on around us.
I keep wondering, what are we supposed to do? Standing on a street corner with a placard is not the most effective way of protesting anything.
A preacher who thunders from the pulpit against those who advocate infanticide are (hopefully) preaching to the choir.
Writing letters to our congressmen is all too often nothing more than more work for the postal service who shuttle back with those form letters thanking us for writing.
I pray. I post pro-life posts on Facebook, all too often having to argue with some liberal friend who has been blinded to the truth.
I work at a local pregnancy center. That's me as an individual.
So how does the church get more involved? When the March for Life happened recently in DC, I watched the posts showing the whole time-lapsed parade. Thousands and thousands of people. Heard rom the media? Crickets.
They were too busy lamenting the lesser turnout of the vagina-headed women's rights marchers. Or hate-mongering against some pro-life Catholic students.
I understand your frustration. I share it. But I also feel frustrated because I don't know what I can do more than I currently am doing.

Blessings,

Nancy T.