God’s Righteousness, My Deliverance

When you consider the story of Noah in Genesis 6-9, many things come to mind.  I could write about how wicked the world had become.  I could write about the decision God made to wipe out the earth and start over.  Those would certainly make for some interesting blogs. However, for the sake of this post, I would like to discuss the craziness of Noah’s calling.

Crazy Defined (according to www.dictionary.com):

  • Mentally Deranged
  • Demented
  • Insane
  • Senseless
  • Impractical
  • Totally Unsound

Just think about Noah’s calling for a minute.  It had never rained, but God told Noah there would be a flood.  Crazy!  All the animals would just come to Noah and his family to enter the ark.  Crazy!  Of all people on the earth at the time, God chose Noah and his family.  Crazy!

Is this not what God does though?  Isaiah was called of God to preach a message no one would respond to.  Crazy!  Hosea was called of God to marry a prostitute.  Crazy!  Paul was called of God to be martyred for the same faith He used to persecute others for.  Crazy!

Then I think of my own life.  My wife and I feel called of God to have a large family.  My wife just gave birth for the 7th time.  Crazy!  On top of that, I feel called of God to help tear down the idol of internet pornography in our culture, but especially our Christian culture.  Crazy!

But here is the thing.  Christ going to the cross and resurrecting is crazy!  Christ rescuing us from all our sin and all our shame is crazy.  What’s the point?  God’s crazy call on our lives demands our crazy response of FAITH!

This leads me back to my original character to start this blog, Noah.  Noah’s crazy faith is recorded in Hebrews 11 along with many others and their crazy faith.  I don’t know about you, but I want to be like those folks in Hebrews 11.

What crazy thing is God calling you to?  Ask Him for crazy faith to carry it out.

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Sound the Alarm

On Friday a friend of mine sent me an article.  I am choosing not to put the link within my blog because the article was pretty sickening.  However, I am very thankful to my friend for sending it to me.

The summary of it was this:  A former editor of a soft porn magazine is on a crusade to make sure children can’t access internet porn.  The obvious question is “why?”.  He has a son who is 4 years old, and he is concerned about his son being exposed to explicit material at a very young age.  Again, the question is “why?”.  The answer is that he has come to the understanding that pornographic material is altering the brain development of both male and female adolescents.  He basically said we can no longer put our heads in the sand about the sexually explicit material available to our kids.

So let me make sure everyone understands this. A guy who used to be an editor for a soft porn magazine that probably does not know Jesus is speaking out against internet porn, and he is imploring parents not to put our heads in the sand.  If this is his response, what should be the response of the church?

We must sound the alarm.  Last night I had the privilege to speak to parents on this at Grace Prep Academy in Arlington, TX.  This weekend I had the privilege of speaking to parents on this at Remedy Church in Waxahachie, TX.  I will be given the same privilege this Sunday to speak to a small group of men at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in Arlington, TX.  What do I share when I speak on this?  I share we must make intentional effort to do these things:

1. Relationally connect with our kids

2. Spiritually invest in our kids

3. Appropriately protect our kids

Our children desperately need us.  Our challenge is to spend valuable time just building relationship with our kids and to teach our kids the truth of the Gospel.  We can’t bury our head in the sand on the dangers of internet pornography and the sexually explicit material that is available to our children.  We must be vigilant about taking appropriate measures to protect the hearts and minds of our kids.

We must help our kids learn how to fight the forces of darkness and teach them how to deal with the temptations of the culture.  We must show our children how to let God take control in the midst of those temptations, and we must educate ourselves in the area of brain science.  Three great resources for this:

1. The book, Hooked

2. The book, Surfing for God

3. The blog, Gospel Coalition (Internet Porn and the Brain), especially check out #9 on this list (great 18 minute educational video)

But I do not want you or myself to stop there.  We must sound the alarm for our own home, but we also must sound the alarm everywhere else.  We must contact the pastors of our churches and encourage them to address these issues.  We must contact our school administrators, teachers and coaches and encourage them to do the same.

Maybe a starting point would be to email this blog to a friend.  Maybe you could post the blog on Facebook or tweet out the link to the blog.  Let’s just encourage all those we know to get our heads out of the sand and sound the alarm!

May we demonstrate to our children that we are tearing this idol down.  May we communicate to them that our hearts and minds are for worship of the Lord alone.  May we sound the alarm!