Monday, September 12th, 2016
Judgment (Part 26)
So shall they fear The Name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.
Isaiah 59:19 (NKJV)
Go through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people;
Build up the highway!
Take out the stones,
Lift up a banner for the peoples!
Isaiah 62:10 (NKJV)
My family has deep roots in the South, with ancestors spanning three centuries. We battled valiantly in major wars, but the Civil War tore us wide open. I'm sure the old South boasted lovely things. However, the practice of slavery scourged that beauty; we were whipping Jesus.* It was a shameful abomination.
When I see confederate flags today, I'm not reminded of past glory days. Instead, I'm reminded of gory days: painful pricks of a wound that needs to heal. This emblem of destructive division still shadows the sunny side of the South. Among Christians, this old flag needs to go. Behold, all things are new. Let freedom rise.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God understands the flying of flags. They are symbols of significance and colors of cultural values. Soldiers in war rally behind them. With God's Holy Spirit inside you, upon the platforms of media, you not only carry your own cross, you lift a banner for the people!
But how can a spiritual flag be visible to humanity? Standards can be seen by behaviors. Regarding the banner of the Lord, by love, joy, peace, patience and kindness; by goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and a healthy dose of self-control. When exceptional acts are witnessed, men will come to the flag you carry.
Because this particular banner is the universal translator of none other than Jesus, the Christ.
To Be Continued...
* 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' (Matthew 25:40).
** 'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17).