Sunday, August 09, 2009

I Am Not Sorry For This

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself.

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.

I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.

James Allen Francis

That is the man I call my God and my Lord. I am not sorry for that and I never will be. I am not sorry I posted these words on this blog. I am not sorry I might have offended some of our readers. I am not sorry that I don't follow the 21st century crowd of "cool" people that adhere to Buddhism or New Age way of thinking or Agnosticism. I respectfully disagree with all those ideas and ways of life and once again, I am not sorry for that.

Today when I read about foot baths being installed on some university campuses in America for Muslims, who are respected as devout followers of "god", Buddhism being preached through movies, Hindus being portrayed as wise men and women--it breaks my heart, not because of the way these religions and "ways" are portrayed but because on those same media, Christians are ridiculed, Christ is made fun of, Christians are portrayed as dumb, thick skulled morons that don't know their right from their left. Yes, it breaks my heart.

So many centuries have past since Christ walked the earth. People that have decided to be against Him still hate Him as they did 2000 years ago. But I am not one of those people that try very hard to please others. I am not going to apologize for my faith in Christ, not to Leftists, not to Atheists, Agnostics, Buddhists, Jews or, and yes, I am saying this loud and clear here, not even to Muslims.

Many might have forgotten this but the reason that I am even able to say what I just said in the last few paragraphs is because of the western civilization rooted in Judeo-Christian values. And again, I am not sorry for repeating this fact!


Unknown said...

Avenging Apostle, you are a brave disciple of Jesus who is not afraid to speak the truth. When will the Christians of the West throw off their cringing craven cowardice! May God bless you.


dano said...

Amen! The Lord shall return!

Mark said...

Very touching!

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Bravo, brother, and a hearty Ameen! from this Greek Orthodox follower of Jesus.

As we follow Him, you and I, what can we expect from the world except what He foretold to us, "If they hate you, remember, they hated Me first," and "if any man would be a follower of Mine, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me."

What many Christians don't quite understand, is that we carry our crosses, not just wear them; we carry our crosses not just when convenient, but especially when they get heavy and we are hot and tired; we carry our crosses, not just to transport them to another location, but so that we may die upon them, and rise to the life eternal, following our Master in everything, in every detail.

He came to die for us, that we might live in Him, which is eternal life. Yet He is among us, in our midst, the Only Living and True God, the Holy One of Israel, of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and we are His people, the sheep that He pastures, the flock that He guides. And we follow Him, wherever He takes us.

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Neither am I sorry for this…

Nia Nugroho said...

Yep, I couldnt agree more. Infact
my own mother has convert to Christianity because of the love of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is great, too bad many American TV Shows often make a mockery of His image