NOT paradoxically, but actually, boldness
like that of a lion - and we read in the word of God that the
righteous is bold as a lion - is part
of the tartan of life in which profound peace dwells, for faith will never
be silent, truth must never lie slain in the streets while the children
of God are spared to remain (cf. Isaiah 59:14-15). Indeed, Christ in whose
authority and power we Christians live, move and go on mission - our lives
a dedicated thing - He is of and in Himself of so profound a peace, that
it surpasses all understanding: like a lake, watched and wonderful. Integrity
is like clear glass, through which the sun shines; and the sun of righteousness
(Malachi 4:2) warms and helps growth. Meanwhile, the people of the Lord
speak much together (Malachi 3:16).
The CROSS of Christ remains
that in which to glory as Paul says in Galatians 6:14, of Him who died
yes, indeed, is bodily risen. So risen and now glorified, He is equipped
to return. He who was resurrected, will resurrect, and resurrecting will
receive into glory those who are His. But notice this of the Cross of Christ:
BY IT (or by WHOM of Christ, as it could be rendered), the WORLD IS CRUCIFIED
TO ME AND I TO THE WORLD.
Indeed, read SEEING WITH THE GLORY IN
ONE'S EYE ON THIS TOPIC, AND SEE HOW ITS SIGNIFICANCE SPREADS!
Crucifixion with Christ is a just and necessary topic,
set in the very summit by Paul, and the pith of the work, 'Born Crucified'
of Prairie Bible Institute) needs attention: for Christ is
not a cushion, but rather provides a cross; is not a device for self-fulfilment
but the Lord who made life, who well knows how to fulfil HIS good pleasure
in it, for those who are His!
Let us then do away with temporising,
compromising, annealing the word of God in the furnace of philosophy, of
diplomacy, to make it into some calf of desire, like Israel of old, before
it failed so signally to enter the promised land (Exodus 32, Numbers 14).
Don't forget Peter's declamation in the service of the Lord to 'duly constituted
authority', long unduly astray: In effect, idiomatically rendered,
he told them - 'Whether it be right in the
sight of God to heed you rather than God, work it out for yourself!' (Acts
When Christ is to be closed down or
quashed, faithful dogs bark (Isaiah 56:10). Foxe's
Book of Martyrs
has some wonderful examples even of juvenile courage.
The world often does not know at
what it looks; but the presence of godliness can startle the heart, and
commence conviction. This is not an option, but an obligation; no mere
duty, but a delight (I Peter 1:8, II Peter 3:10-13).
Students do NOT
need to delay their commitment and consistency until they graduate. It
is time to be richly sincere, fearlessly prompt in doing all in the name
of Christ, and not to injure conscience, conversation and testimony by
BUY THE TRUTH
AND DO NOT SELL IT!
Parents do not need to
bring their children up on psychology, secular and squalid, irrational
and insecure (cf. The Shadow of a Mighty Rock Ch.4),
but on the diet of the word of God, to read it, learn it, see it practised
in the home and applied in the life.
Christian schools do not
need to co-operate with State religious programs (see
for Christ Ch. 6 - 'Religious Knowledge'
and the Secular College'), since Caesar never did understand Christ.
Salt is needed, and in South Australia if we had any parallel to the physical
salt pans so evident, in the spiritual, it would be a delight indeed!
Australia overall is in the
grip of continual compromise by many who
use the name of Christ, and like Israel of old, it is too easy to follow
in the rut which drives to the cliff of dizziness, falling and eventual
It is time for revival of love of
insistence on fearless and frank
the compassion which makes no
substitute bread for life itself, though bread may be added.
It is also time for Christians
to seek new forms of unity where
the word of God is honoured, in word and
deed, and to be ready to ponder the precise teachings of the word of God
past human traditions, without ceasing to be grateful for the great products
of the past; and to unite about what the Bible actually
has to say.
Philosophy is always fathering the
falsettos of extremes; but the actual word of God is often lost for many
in the squabbles of sententious substitutes for what is written. The BIBLE
must be put back where it belongs, carnality where it belongs, crucified
with Christ, while the love of God, which covers a multitude of sins, needs
to play like sunlight on the waters of truth.
but" must cease to be entertained
as a guiding light and pilot vessel, one in fact departing from the word
of the Lord, IF CHRISTIANS ARE TO BE THERE.