Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Going Against the Flow

By Alan Smith

     The story is told about a woman who called her husband on his car phone as he was on his way home from work and she said, “Honey, you need to be careful.  I just saw on the news that there’s some nut driving the wrong way on the Interstate.”  Her husband said, “There’s not just one nut, there’s hundreds of them!”
     Have you ever felt that way?  Have you ever felt like trying to do God’s will makes you go the wrong way down the road?   All the traffic’s coming the other way.  Have you ever thought, “If everybody’s going this way, it’s so hard to go against the flow.  Would God really mind if I just turned around for a little while?”
     An article in The London Times a couple of years ago reported that there are currently about 200 million Christians in over 60 countries who are being persecuted for their faith.  Because we have freedom in the United States to worship God, those of us who live here sometimes we forget just how many people in this world live under oppression – by Communist authorities or Muslim authorities, or authorities who simply oppose God and the people who follow God.
     And even if you don’t face governmental oppression, there are no doubt many of you who live with oppression – in your home, in your workplace or at your school – oppressed by a family member or boss or teacher who makes it difficult on you as a Christian.  More and more, we all are living in an anti-God culture.  We live in an environment that makes it difficult at times for us to stand up for God.
     We must remember the words of Paul:  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
     No matter which way the crowd around you is flowing, may you have the courage to travel the direction that God would have you to travel.

Source:
Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought For Today," and minister for the Fayetteville Church of Christ in Fayetteville, NC, may be contacted at alansmith.servant@gmail.com



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