Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thinking

So, Emily and I were talking about everything that God has done in the last year. Last year, you would have found 2 basically functional atheists. A functional atheist is someone who goes through the motions but doesn't have that one-on-one relationship with God. This time last year, it was almost a foreign thought to only listen to Christian music...or to be Heaven-minded. This time last year, darkness and depression ruled our lives. God is so amazing...he has brought us through so much and I look back and can't begin to explain the joy that is in my heart.

Anyway, we were in the car today driving home from a weekend of house-sitting for my cousin adn just talking over everything God has done in the past year and especially what God has done through the Passion 2012 conference. Emily was saying how glad she was that Passion's cause this year was to stop Human Trafficking because it's a cause that has been on her heart for a long time.

It just struck me as we were talking about it and how we both have just been soaking up Christian music and stuff...that human trafficking isn't just limited to physical slavery. Human trafficking isn't just about sex slavery or forced labor. Satan uses media, TV, music and other subliminal things to traffic our souls into slavery to sin. We, as Christians have to take a stand not just for social injustices like human trafficking, but we have to reach out into the funeral processions of the people around us. We all started out dead...and just like a slave, we couldn't escape from death...we were bound. But God...he took a stand, he reached out his hand and he brought us into life and freed us from the chains we were enslaved by.

Just as we were talking about this, my friend Shelley sent out several tweets that were just so right on with our discussion.
"My Public Speaking class made me cry today. So many lost souls who don't understand how urgent the gospel is and just reject it all because they don't understand why someone would have the need to talk to a complete stranger about Christ's over pouring of love. The thing about the truth is that you can reject it all you want, but it's not going to change. But why/how could you say you have all these experiences of people sharing Christ with you and you aren't even going to give it a chance? Why wouldn't you want to explore something that so many people are so passionate about? They feel the need to share with you for a reason. They are just so full of Jesus' love that they want to pour it into you and they don't want you to be a lost soul. [We] talk about not hurting someone's feelings but [we] can't always protect people, and by not sharing the truth [we] aren't protecting them...[we] might as well be helping them walk into the unholy fire."
Shelley is exactly right...there are so many lost souls out there...your next-door neighbor, the people in class with you, your co-workers, sometimes even the people you go to church with. They are on the stretcher being carried out to the grave. You don't have to fight human trafficking on an international level to make a difference for God...all you have to do is reach out and pray that God would speak through you. Reach out and free them from slavery to sin...reach out and allow God to speak life into them through you. Don't be afraid...the difference between life and death could be one touch...one word...one person taking a stand. One encounter with God will change lives.

Courageous
by Casting Crowns

We were made to be courageous
We were made to lead the way
We could be the generation
That finally breaks the chains
We were made to be courageous
We were made to be courageous

We were warriors on the front lines
Standing, unafraid
But now we're watchers on the sidelines
While our families slip away

Where are you, men of courage?
You were made for so much more
Let the pounding of our hearts cry
We will serve the Lord

We were made to be courageous
And we're taking back the fight
We were made to be courageous
And it starts with us tonight

The only way we'll ever stand
Is on our knees with lifted hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

This is our resolution
Our answer to the call
We will love our wives and children
We refuse to let them fall

We will reignite the passion
That we buried deep inside
May the watchers become warriors
Let the men of God arise

We were made to be courageous
And we're taking back the fight
We were made to be courageous
And it starts with us tonight

The only way we'll ever stand
Is on our knees with lifted hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

Seek justice
Love mercy
Walk humbly with your God

In the war of the mind
I will make my stand
In the battle of the heart
And the battle of the hand

In the war of the mind
I will make my stand
In the battle of the heart
And the battle of the hand

We were made to be courageous
And we're taking back the fight
We were made to be courageous
And it starts with us tonight

The only way we'll ever stand
Is on our knees with lifted hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

We were made to be courageous
Lord, make us courageous 

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