This past weekend (March 7, 2015) was the historic and iconic 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” – one of the Civil Rights Movement’s most pivotal times in history.
One of the civil rights activists and heroes from that day is Congressman John R. Lewis.
On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, during an interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Congressman Lewis spoke about the historic and bloody March for voting rights and his horrific experiences in Selma, Alabama as well as his inspirational and memorable experiences with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Reverend Ralph Abernathy.
In Congressman Lewis’ interview, he raised our awareness about the importance of progressive disciplined civil disobedience and its effectiveness to change a nation through nonviolent protests.
He referred to it as “getting in the way” and getting into “necessary trouble-good trouble.”
I was inspired by Congressman Lewis’ testimonial and his devotion and commitment to the pursuit of civil rights for all American citizens. And I was convicted and challenged in my heart to be as devoted and committed to Christ in the pursuit of His Holiness and Righteousness and the Proclamation of God’s True Way of Salvation as John Lewis has been to the Civil Rights Movement.
I am challenged to be as committed to the Holy cause of Salvation as Congressman Lewis has been and still is to the civil cause of fair and unencumbered voting rights for all Americans.
His statement and reference regarding “necessary trouble-good trouble” – reminded me that our LORD and Savior practiced nonviolence and disciplined behavior in his earthly ministry and taught his disciples (Disciplined ones) to behave in the same way despite the troubles imposed upon them by the religious leaders of their day.
Jesus got in the way of the corrupted teachings and practices of the religious leaders of the first century. He challenged their human teachings and self-serving interpretation of Scriptures with divine revelation and powerful demonstrations of healing and deliverance. He got in the way of the proponents of the Mosaic Law so as to introduce a New Covenant of Grace and the era of forgiveness founded upon the sure promise of GOD. Jesus bore the necessary trouble of crucifixion to satisfy the penalty for our sins. And he continues to stand between us and justice as our advocate for grave and mercy with the Father.
What wickedness are we getting in the way of? Who are we opposing for the cause of holiness? Have we stood in the way of the legalization of same-sex marriages and insisted on the protection of the God ordained institution of marriage between a man and a woman? Have we gotten ourselves into necessary trouble by boycotting businesses and companies that support the gay agenda? Have we marched on the halls of the policy makers that removed the Ten Commandments from our Town halls and courtrooms? Have we protested loudly against the removal of the name of Christ being invoked during public prayers in our schools and in our federal assemblies? Have gotten in the way of evil or did we just lay down?
Christ stood up! Christ spoke up! But Christ never gave up nor was he afraid of getting in the face of evil or in trouble with her ministers. And although His passion for righteousness and obedience to the Father cost him death upon the cross and a hurried burial, he was not conquered by death nor hushed in a borrowed tomb. After three days, he arose with all power. Even his executioners declared that he was surely the Son of God. (Matthew 27:54)
What will be said about our witness? What moral evil have we vigorously opposed to the point of self-sacrifice? How has our Faith stood in the way of progressive wickedness or defended the eternal Truths of God Moral Laws? What will our Christian legacy be for our posterity? Will we leave our children a world and a nation where Christ is honored and Christianity respected or will we leave them a world where Christians are viewed as weak, pathetic, trifling non-committed cowardly folks who are easily made to lay down their Faith simply by being labeled as homophobic, intolerant, antiquated, politically incorrect or self-righteous? Have we given the devil and her children any reason to fear us or reverence our LORD?
The old religious power structure and many of her priests feared Christ. They didn’t like Jesus or his teachings. So they conspired to get him in trouble and kill him. He was placed in “necessary trouble – good trouble” – for the sake of God’s greater purpose – our salvation and forgiveness from our sins.
And because of Christ getting into necessary trouble – good trouble, we have a right to eternal life in Christ today if we would believe the gospel, repent, be baptized in His Name and be gifted with the Holy Spirit.
Getting in necessary trouble is a part of the Christian experience.
I am always getting in someone’s way or finding myself in trouble I didn’t look for.
Every time I open my mouth to preach or type and publish an article on genuine Christian morality or teach on the authentic God-ordained way to be saved, I am getting in the way of Protestants and Catholics denominations that do not teach or practice God’s true WAY of Salvation.
Every time I witness to the TRUTH of GOD’S Eternal Holy Commandments and His Holy Moral LAWS I am getting into necessary trouble with those who oppose God, Christ and holiness.
Every time I proclaim the need for Christians to be sexually pure and to abstain from all sexual impurities, including homosexuality, bestiality, anal and oral sex and all other sexual behaviors and practices that God did not purpose for man, I make someone angry. The evil ones conspire to hurt me and get me in trouble. But it is good trouble for it places me in the company of my LORD and God and in alliance with His True Apostles.
Are you so devoted and committed to God and His righteousness that He can use you to get in the way of sin and into trouble with the wicked one?
See what The Lord Says About Those Of Us Who Follow Him:
“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. (John 15:18-19)
“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!” (Matthew 10:24-25)
It is appears that many professed believers are trying to be validated by the world as Christians. For some Christians, it is in vogue to be world pleasing and accepted by sinful society – politically correct, inclusive and tolerant of sinful sexual proclivities.
Christ and His disciples had no such concerns.
Does the world love you or hate you?
Manmade Christian institutions of religion and their systems of salvation will never totally be receptive of the Living and Eternal Word of God and God’s Eternal Commandments nor of those of us who aspire to teach and preach the True Way of Holiness and Salvation. (Matthew 5:19, John 14:21 and Acts 2:38)
A true believer’s very existence is offensive to the wicked. It causes them trouble – necessary trouble. And it is our prayer and hope that they would be troubled enough to repent and be saved.
Are you in alignment with the enemy or are you lovingly, peacefully and persistently standing in her way.
How much good and necessary trouble are you causing?
Does the enemy call you a friend?
Think About It!
Personally, I’d rather be in “good trouble” for the sake of Christ than popular and friendly with the world and her love affair with herself and immorality.
Have you decide who you will live for and die for?
How committed are you to CHRIST, Holiness and Salvation? (Philippians 1:21)
ALL GLORY TO GOD!
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