Abiding in the Vine: How Do You Respond?

John 15 A Summer Series Near the Marble Arch, you just have to step up on a chair, a step ladder or a literal soap box, and speak. The crowd will start to gather on the corner of Hyde Park in London, known as "Speaker's Corner". You've got something to say? That's the place to garner a group of people and speak your mind. Free speech at its best. Of course we don't have to travel to this little spot to vent our feelings. We have the internet. Blogs. Facebook. Free speech, perhaps, at its worst.

If you profess Jesus Christ as Lord, you may be sensing a bit of hostility on your social media of choice lately. Your beliefs are being mocked at times..."Be tolerant!", "Don't judge!", "You bigot!" If it's not happening to you, it's certainly happening to 'that other guy' who spoke out on behalf of the truths in God's Word. You've seen this on some level, I'm sure.

What is your response?

There is probably some fear, some concern, maybe even confusion.  It may be tempting to retreat.  It may be tempting to lash out.

Here are some thoughts to help guide us in our responses.

1.  We have a mighty Defender.

It may shake us to see sin reign or to read (or hear) open mocking of the Lord our God, but we must trust in God. He is a refuge for us.

Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.  He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.  Psalm 62: 1

2.  You have been given words to say.

One of the worst things I can do in a Facebook "discussion" is to  start spewing out my own opinions, even if they're really good and solid.  Use God's words when you are speaking out on truth and righteousness.  If others refuse to hear, they are refusing God.  The clay is shaking its fist at the Potter.

May we, as Jesus did before us, say to our tempter...

It is written...

3.  Keep in mind Who wins.

Love does win.

...for God is love.  1 John 4: 8b

God wins.

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse.  And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.  His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns.  He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.  He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.  And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.  Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations.  And He himself will rule them with a rod of iron.  He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS."

"Awake, o sleeper!".  Christ gives us light so we may be known as blameless and harmless children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life.

Only through abiding in Him may we have the boldness, the strength and confidence to speak words that glorify God, encourage other Believers and call sinners to repentance.

Love, Wendy