If the day has not as yet come, it will shortly. Sooner or later others will do their utmost to cause you to doubt who you are, and more importantly who you are in Christ. They will be vicious, they will be cruel, they will be merciless, they will call you things you know yourself not to be, but they will do it so often, and with such authority that eventually you will wonder if only to yourself if what they are saying about you really is true.
Am I really a fanatic? Am I really a zealot? Am I really unloving and intolerant? Am I really a brutish beast who cannot see progress for what it is? Am I really a bigot? Am I really of below average intelligence because I believe the Bible?
If your identity is not certain, if you have not established both in your heart and mind that you are an elect son or daughter of God, that a price has been paid for you, and that price was no less than the blood of God’s only begotten Son, the constant droning of the godless as to who they think you are will get through, and you will grow silent.
That is, after all, what the enemy wants. He just wants you silent! He just wants you to doubt your faith, your position, your convictions, and your stance enough to keep you from speaking out, to keep you from standing on the truth, to keep you from pushing back the darkness as it threatens to overwhelm everything.
To the godless silence is just as good as acquiescence or validation. They really don’t care as long as they have no opposition to their agenda, as long as they can do as the will when they will with mindless fools praising their insanity as though it were the epitome of illumination.
This is not a new tactic. This is not something the enemy thought up recently, but it is a tactic that works far better in our time and among our generation than it ever did among the primary church.
Keep in mind that those who came before us were faced with either the same or far harsher opposition than ourselves. All the tactics the enemy uses against the household of faith today he used two thousand years ago, and though the number was not high by any standard, there are historical records of those who gave in, who began to doubt their identity, and who finally relented, denying the Christ, and saving their flesh for a season.
What harm could come of saying ‘Caesar is lord’ if you don’t really mean it? What harm could come of pretending you don’t know Jesus until you get out of the scrape you’re in, and they leave you alone?
What harm can come of calling light darkness, sin righteousness, and things God abhors, things He embraces? What harm? We are after all supposed to be wise as serpents are we not? Why pick a fight we know we can’t win? Why stand in the gap when it’s so much easier to go with the flow and make apologies for the Word of God, and try to explain away the character of God as though it were not so?
In our diluted, spineless generation utterly void of character, compromise has become a viable option, and men will sell out their own blood, and even sell their souls if it meant being spared trials and tribulations.
The vile and perverted are not ashamed of their nature or identity, why are the sons and daughter of God? The sinful and those wallowing in darkness are not reticent to share who they are and what they do boasting of their nihilistic pretenses, why are the sons and daughters of God so reticent to share the light of Christ?
No matter what we must stand. No matter what we must shine. No matter what we must speak the truth, for only truth sets men free that they might come to know the grace and glory of the God who was, and is, and is to come.
No matter what the world might say, no matter what the world might do, we know who we are, we know our Redeemer lives, and we know He is soon returning for a spotless bride. Come quickly Lord Jesus!
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.