Friday, November 16, 2007
Silence is Golden?
There is a new trend sweeping America.
Everywhere, everyone wants you to be quiet.
I used to think, growing up in church, that it was just church people that wanted me to be quiet (I am a Christian not a church person). Don't sing, Don't dance. Be a good little girl. I remember sitting in church all my life knowing there was more to God. I remember as an adult experiencing the presence of God, only to have it quenched so a someone on the stage could read a quote from the latest Christian book.
But I have learned something extremely important over the last two years of my life.
It is not just church people who want you to be quiet.
People who don't know God... people who drink, party, smoke cigarettes, smoke pot and/or sleep around also want you to be quiet.
You see, in the PC world we live in you can do almost anything.
As long as you are quiet.
You can smuggle illegals across the border. You can boss people around. You can have sex out of wedlock. You can molest children. You can smoke pot, get drunk, take other illegal substances and transport drugs, all without a social security number if you like while taking advantage of goverment programs without paying the taxes it takes to fund them while concurrently taking home twice the amount of money as someone who actually has to pay taxes.
By the way Paul and I pay taxes. We both have since we were sixteen and we will until we retire. The Bible says, "Render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar's..."
Perhaps this makes sense on the surface. Naturally, those who are breaking the law prefer to fly under the radar. After all, they don't want to get caught and face the music. But let me take a moment to tell you what you can't do in America that might be sometimes loud, but is not a sin in God's eyes.
You can't discipline your children. Even though the Bible says, " Spare the rod spoil the child."
You can't have a heated discussion with your spouse. Even though the Bible says, "What God has brought together, let no man separate."
You can't worship God in your own home. Even though the Bible says, "In the last days I will pour out my spirit..." and "Now is the time when God is looking for true worshipers. Worshipers who will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth."
As long as you are quiet in church you can commit any sin you want.
As long as you are quiet in the world you can commit any sin you want.
But if you are loud in the church or in the world and are living a pure life, people will judge you all the more.
Dance is loud.
Music is loud.
Singing is loud.
Drama is loud.
Artists are usually loud.
But if there is no room in the church for artists and no room in the world for purity... Then where does a Pure Artist go?
Hope to see all of the Pure Artists there.
UPDATE: The Launch Pad meeting place isn't quite ready and won't be until later this year. Sorry. We'll post here when the space becomes suitable to meet. Thanks in advance!
Posted by Lori Carhart at Friday, November 16, 2007