Today I read Mr. Bob Holland's L-T-E with profound interest because I share many of Bob's concerns. I however want to approach these concerns from a slightly different angle. For those of you who are not professing Christians and are not claiming to be believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob I have nothing to say to you. I only wish to address those who are professing to be Christians. For you see I believe that with-in this group (professing Christians) is where the seeds and roots of immorality are being watered and nourished.
To some of you this might seem to be a controversial statement but let's take a look at it. How many of our elected (Federal, State and Local officials) openly profess to be Christians? Now, look at how many of these leaders vote for, endorse and take actions that are the exact opposite of the word of God. I wonder how many people that profess to be Christians are voting for these politicians knowing full well that they are endorsing actions that are contrary to God's word?
In Proverbs the word says: "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction" as well as, "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."
I quote these two scriptures because, I can't help but wonder, has or is the church or should I say, are many who profess to know Christ losing there "fear of the Lord?" Has the pulpit become a place where the "sin of omission" is practiced? Is the "sin of omission" about what is not being preached, not about what is being preached? If only of the truth is being taught, what do you call the other half that is not being taught? Is the sin of omission what Paul warned Timothy about in 2 Timothy when he said, "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season."
Peter said, "For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
A man I respect very much says, "it's not about what I think, you think or anybody else thinks, it's about what the word of God says."
James A. Gillette Jr.