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The Consequences of Inactivity (1 of 2)
Series: God and Country
Ezekiel 33:6, Habakkuk 1:4
INTRODUCTION: Someone said that preaching the truth can sometimes be uncomfortable, like rubbing the fur on a cat the wrong way. Billy Sunday remarked, ''If we're rubbing the fur the wrong way then let the cat turn around.''
We're in a sermon series entitled ''God and Country.'' The overarching theme of the series is that God wants us to engage our culture spiritually, socially and yes, even politically with the truth. If that rubs some people in the culture the wrong way it might be because the culture, like the cat, needs to turn around. Today I want us to see the consequences if we don't speak the truth; the consequences of Christian inactivity.
Ezekiel 33:6 ''If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone's life, that person's life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.''
Edmund Burke ''All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.''
THE CONSEQUENCES OF CHRISTIAN INACTIVITY ARE...
I. ANTI-CHRISTIAN LAWS AND OPPRESSION
Habakkuk 1:4 ''Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.''
Imagine the following scenarios:
1) One Sunday morning, your preacher reads the passage in Leviticus that includes, among other things, a section on homosexuality. On Monday morning, the church is sued for ''hate speech.'' The ensuing legal struggle drains money from your church accounts and forces the leadership to focus on the church's financial survival, instead of shepherding. Whether they win the suit or not, those who file the suit have been as effective as they were with Pastor Ake Green in Sweden who suffered in the same way and was thrown into jail for the same reason.
2) You swat your child's hand at ...
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