In Deuteronomy 30:19, Moses sets before the people of Israel a choice: life or death. They could choose life by submitting themselves to God’s will or they could choose death by rebelling against His will. This choice is fully realized in Jesus Christ: choose life by believing in the One who gives life or choose death by rejecting Him. Sadly, the followers of Islam have chosen death and this choice was on full display in Paris. Many people say that Islam needs a reformation but that is exactly what is happening. ISIS and other groups are reforming modern Islam by returning it to it’s violent and bloody roots. What we see today is not a metaphor or an esoteric idea, it is a real choice: life or death. As believers in Jesus we must not fall for the moral equivalency of the Left and the lie that “we all worship the same god.” Instead, we must stand against this religion of death and any religion or philosophy that rejects Jesus. Are there times when nations must take up arms to defend themselves? Absolutely. Are there times when even Christians must defend themselves and their families? Absolutely. Will there come a day when Jesus returns and executes God’s judgment on the earth? Most assuredly. However, God’s judgment is for those who have already chosen death. As believers we must embrace life and boldly proclaim the life giving Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.
Reprinted from the Dec 2015 newsletter.
Adam Davis, Senior Pastor FBC Archer City, TX