Read this quote from Franklin Graham, founder of Samaritan’s Purse and son of Evg. Billy Graham from a recent Charisma Magazine article regarding this year’s National Day of Prayer:

“I think no question … religious freedom is under attack,” Graham told The 700 Club in a recent interview. “There has been an erosion now for many years, but we have seen it really accelerate in the last 10 years.

“This political correctness that has crept in, that if we stand for what we believe in, [all of a] sudden we are not tolerant,” he added. “They almost make it look like we are participating in hate speech when we say that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and there’s no way to God except through Christ and Christ alone. They are interpreting that now as being hostile and hate speech.”

Read more: http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/news/28222-national-day-of-prayer-may-be-largest-ever-#ixzz0nYCPczd6

When I read this, I am personally challenged. A casual observance of many believers today, including myself, is that we live with a sense of apathy toward God. And to read this quote from a Christian leader such as Franklin Graham is provoking, in the sense that it challenges the status quo life that I tend to lead.

Many of us claim to be believers. We go to church on Sunday, we even serve on worship and leadership teams in ministries, but does our life reflect a sense of urgency in making sure those around us who are unsaved have the saving knowledge of the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Does it matter? Does it matter when the beliefs we espouse so strongly at some moments of our lives are being looked at as “intolerant” when believing them used to be seen as living out your faith in Christ? Today’s world is all about relativism, nothing is wrong, live as you please, in the moment, satisfy your flesh for the moment and feel the regret later. It’s okay, God will forgive you.

The words of Phil Wickham’s The Time is Now come to mind:
VERSE 1:
The battle line is drawn, it’s all in black and white.
Hope is pulling forward, can feel it from behind, it’s time.
It’s time to make a move, so what will you decide?
The clock is ticking on, don’t let it pass you by, it’s time.
It’s time.
CHORUS:
The time is now, for lifting souls.
The time is now, for letting go.
From your skin, to your core.
Let light, and love, come rushing through the door.
Oh, come rushing through the door.
BRIDGE 1:
You’ve learned every song, memorized the verse,
took the bread and wine, and even bought the shirt,
it’s time.
VERSE 2:
it’s time to hold your shield,
it’s time to draw your sword,
let’s lead the resistance,
oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord, it’s time.
Yeah it’s time.
CHORUS:
The time is now, for lifting souls.
The time is now, for letting go.
From your skin, to your core.
Let light, and love, come rushing through the door.

If you are professed believer in Jesus Christ, are you taking a stand for him today? I know I’m not fully, and I must make the decison in my life to do so. Do you know where you are?

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