ALWAYS THE RIGHT BATTLEFIELD
Fighting on the right battlefield is tough for me, especially in this generation where God, and good in general, is portrayed as evil by the media and culture in general. I’ve had a hard time with this though the Bible is clear on this subject.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. – Isaiah 5:20
Woe indeed! Despite knowing those times are truly here, this has been more difficult than I’d thought, because I have a tremendous burden to show people the heart of Jesus and demonstrate the Lord’s goodness.
I hate it when people think I’m the bad guy. I want people to think I’m the good guy – that I’m the guy that represents Jesus and Jesus is a good guy. So I ought to be a good guy. It’s really that simple.
It’s the goodness of God that leads men to repentance. It’s not the meanness of the Church that leads men to repentance. Yes, I have personally experienced several churches who think like this: “The meaner you are, the more holy you’ll be.” What!?
No. That is not the way that it is.
It’s important for us to be full of the goodness of God. I wrote a book called “Good Overcomes Evil” because this is one of the life messages God has given me. The truth of the universe is that it only takes a little goodness to overcome a whole lot of evil. It just doesn’t.
Because we live in a day where there is sympathy for the devil and hatred for Jesus, good guys are going to be presented as bad guys, and bad guys are going to be presented as good guys. And Jesus says to you, “In these last days, my friends, do not be deceived.”
Also, and this is really important. If you are called evil for doing good, DO GOOD ANYWAY! That is always the right battlefield!
From my sermon series I LOVE MY TRIBE
TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
You are My treasured child. I love it when I see My resemblance in your kindness, your generosity and your love for the lost and hurting. Continue to show what the King looks like despite opposition. You will bring many to repentance!