by Marla Bentien
Lone Ranger Danger April 18
The time is close; the pace is quickening; the pressure is increasing. We are going to have to choose. God or government. God or man. God or secularism. God’s truth or the idol of “science.” The “cancel culture” and the forces that drive it are anything but tolerant; they will eventually come after us and we will have to stand for Christ, or bow to the evil tide of our day. (But this should not surprise us!)
Satan has been so clever to use an invisible virus to instill fear in many, and at the same time deal a blow to churches. He knows the power that resides in the Body of Christ. Do we?
We need this strength and power – each other – now more than ever! There are positive aspects to be found in the digital world, but “church” is not one of them. Nothing can replace the fellowship of believers; encouraging with our words and prayers and deeds. Sharing God’s promises. Learning truth and practicing it together. Worshiping our Lord in unity. Strengthening and caring for each other as the days darken. Reminding one another of our future hope, of our citizenship in Heaven.
Life for the Christian is found in the Body. We need each other. Is it any wonder Satan works overtime to keep us apart? He has even managed to make the “Lone Ranger Christian” seem an acceptable alternative. We are told, however, that this is not an option (I Cor. 12; Heb.10:24-25; Col. 3: 15-16).
John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, speaking of our current cultural climate, said this: “You know what we need? We need a thickening of Christian community. We need the Body of Christ breaking bread, drinking the cup together, being empowered by the Holy Spirit and living out our calling in the world. That’s always been the model for the church.”