Peace is more than the absence of conflict. It includes all the components of meaningful life: knowledge, wisdom, joy, and fellowship. People do not gain peace by being passive. It must be pursued.
John wrote, “Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.” (3 John 1:11) Rejecting evil and accepting good produces peace with God. This transformation develops the fruit of contentment.
Christ imparts His Spirit to all who turn from evil and come to Him to live in His glory. His Spirit continually draws believers to a personal relationship of righteousness.
God will not be mocked by an evil nature that ignores His moral demands. He offers atonement, through grace, but does not force it on anyone unwilling to serve Him. He desires compassionate fellowship; but as a last resort, He will use judgment to bring rebels back to Himself. If sinful people will not repent, God’s offer of grace and mercy ends.
Paul wrote, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” (Romans 1:18) Christians have the awesome opportunity and responsibility to speak the truth to their culture. Each generation has the duty to pass the liberty of God on to the next generation. It is not transferable by DNA.
The first signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Hancock, wrote in 1774: “Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”
This is a critical time in American and world history. Evil has become emboldened in its conquest to destroy the image of God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. Christians need to speak to those who represent them in elected office, from the local level to Washington D.C., holding them accountable to uphold the core values of Christ upon which this nation was founded.
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join them for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. They also meet for prayer on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard on KAML 990 AM and KCAF 92.1 FM each Sunday morning at 8:30.