We live in the greatest country in the world and we have taken it for granted. Our nation was founded on religious freedom: the freedom to worship our God how, when and where we saw fit without government control. The Church of England was ruled and dictated by the British government. Our forefathers wanted the government to stay out of church business.
Now, here we are almost 300 years since our nation's birth and we are back to the government telling us when and where we can worship. As Christians, we have sat back and allowed the atheists to win. Not only have the atheists won the worship battle; the sad thing is they have convinced us to be like them in our dress, our speech and our lack of modesty.
We have changed the truth of God for a lie. We treat the Bible, God's holy Word, like a smorgasboard from which we can pick and choose what to believe and what to adapt to our own lives. We have become so worldly minded we are no heavenly good.
If the world around us can't see how Jesus is working in our lives why would they want to be saved? By our actions and attitudes many have come to the conclusion that Jesus was nothing more than a good man, maybe a prophet, and that hell is just a figment of our imaginations. We should be ashamed.
We allow our children to dress as scantily, or wrapped as tightly as possible. We allow our teens to make their own decisions about sex, movies, the music they listen to and the people they hang out with. We have abdicated our position and authority as parents. We are sitting back and watching our children rush toward hell and destroyed lives and all we can say is, "Well, we took them to church." Foolish people! Do you not know Satan goes to church too? He goes to stir up trouble. He puts his people there as well to tempt you and your children to not "take this religious thing too seriously."
Almost everyone I know says they are a good person so they know they will go to heaven. Where in the Bible does it say good people go to heaven? For that matter where in the Bible is anyone called good? Even Jesus, when the servant came to him and asked, "Good master, what must I do to be saved?" Jesus answered and said, "Why do you call me good? There is one good: My Father in heaven." Who are you comparing yourself to? The murder on death row? The thief in the next neighborhood? The pedophile down the street? Who are you comparing yourself to that makes you think you are good? The prophet Jeremiah said all our righteousness is as filthy rags." The book of Romans (3:10) says there is none righteous. God will compare us only with His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only one who ever lived a perfect sinless life. If we could be good enough to get to heaven then Jesus died for nothing. After all, wouldn't everyone want to be good and go to heaven if it was that easy?
Jesus hung on a cruel cross and paid the penalty for our sins so we wouldn't have to go to hell and pay for them ourselves in the everlasting flames of a burning hell with a spritual body that will never die. The only way we could be good enough to go to heaven if we never sinned, if we were perfect. Since we are not perfect, Jesus paid the price and took our sins upon himself.
The question now is, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to continue to allow the atheists to tell you how you live and when and where you can lift up the name of Christ, or are you going to get some backbone, stand up when given the opportunity and proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord? Are you willing to tell others about His great love and sacrifice? Are you willing to, "Come out from among them, and be separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing?" (2 Corinthians 6:17)