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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Muzzling the Message

February 6

(Hebrews 12:1-4 NIV) “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. {2} Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. {3} Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. {4} In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”

(1 Thessalonians 2:2 NIV) “We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition.”

People turn to God when Christ is shared with compassion and conviction. Perhaps that’s why the gospel and God’s people face so much resistance. In America, where our national motto once was “In God We Trust”, we’ve swallowed the Kool-Aid called “separation of church and state”. Christians are told, “Keep Jesus in your churches and private places of worship. We do not want to hear about Him. In fact, mentioning His name in public is unconstitutional.” As Christians meekly accept their muzzles in the public square, our culture continues its slide down into chaos, crime, and sin. The deterioration since God’s name, God’s word, and God’s commandments were officially removed from our courthouses, schools, media, and conversations is measurable. It’s difficult to believe there is no connection. It’s time to shed the muzzles. Live well and speak up, Christian. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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