When I blogged at The Things That Come Out Of My Head, I’d sometimes write simply for the sake of writing. That exercise definitely had value. It helped me pay attention to how writing works. I loved playing with language and sentence structure as I watched my own words blossom into pictures and concepts possessing the potential to influence the thoughts and emotions of my readers. Pretty heady stuff!
This blog, however, doesn’t allow me to write with no purpose beyond seeing where my words care to take me. It has the specific mission of leading women to Biblical thinking so that we can face the persecution ahead of us.
Western Christians in the 21st Century have followed so many distractions, from the infusion of psychology into counseling to placing women in positions of church leadership to twisting Scripture to accommodate same sex marriage, that we blend right in with the world. That blending may insulate the false converts among us from persecution, but it also weakens those of us who genuinely have salvation. False doctrine, and even poor doctrine, dulls our readiness for the challenges ahead.
The apostle Paul lived during a time when Christians risked barbaric executions merely for saying that Jesus is Lord. The persecution they faced under Nero left little time for the narcissism and frivolity that characterize so many present-day evangelical churches. Look at Paul’s exhortation to the church in Rome:
11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. ~~Romans 13:11-14 (ESV)
Look, I enjoy laughter and recreation as much as anyone else. I hope for a mild winter that will make it possible for me and John to get on public transportation and wheel our power chairs around downtown Boston to play with John’s new camera. And if, in the course of blogging, I can develop my writing skills a little more, I won’t object. But I don’t want any of these pleasures to obscure my sobriety.
We live in serious times, sisters. No matter who wins the bid for the White House in November, the general culture will grow increasingly hostile to Biblical Christianity. That being the case, I don’t want to waste my precious blog time assuring myself that I can still (as one of my high school teachers once put it) “turn a phrase.” I would rather point you to God’s Word so that you and I can face opposition in ways that glorify the Lord.