If you determine to Go Upstream (taking a stand on Biblical principles, doing the will of God, living a life that gives glory to God) you will be going against the flow of the extremes in the culture, in politics, and in Christianity. You will actually be doing what Jesus did while He was on earth. Some say Jesus was too pagan for the religious and too religious for the pagan. Truth is Jesus was neither pagan or religious.
Even if it is not popular, we as Christians must go upstream against the extremes. Otherwise we will never be able to reach ALL with the Gospel. The All includes those who are targeted by the extremes.EXTREMES
Sadly in all the extremes listed below there are Christians who proclaim these extremes.
All Muslims are terrorists. Muslims who are not terrorists are being deceptive for now but will join with terrorists later. ALL Muslims….
First off there are all kinds of Muslims just like all kinds of Christians. This bigoted mindset is really not much different than the bigoted mindset of the Jews towards Gentiles and Samaritans.
Allow all Muslims into America without proper screening.
This extreme group seems to have blinders on in regards to what has been happening to countries who have no restrictions on Muslim immigration. Countries that do not have a screening process. This group appears to have no problem with Muslims implementing Sharia Law which is unconstitutional and has guidelines that are against Scripture.
All illegal immigrants are evil people. They come into America to do illegal activity and to get a free pass.
Truth is there are multitudes of illegal immigrants that are not committing evil acts and actually concerned to do nothing whatsoever to cause them to be deported. Truth is many of them are escaping from very evil places and feel America is the only hope for their children. Truth is many of them are extremely hard workers and law abiding citizens (other than being here illegally). They want to become naturalized citizens.
No consequences for illegals entering America.
This extreme ignores the fact that open borders means open borders for criminal activity. They ignore the fact that there are multitudes of individuals who have had to make many sacrifices to come to America legally-open borders disrespects the sacrifices they made. This extreme ignores the fact that many illegals do not want to integrate into America, It also ignores the reality of illegals being able to commit crimes over and over and not get deported or coming right back into America illegally.
Democrats/Liberals/Progressives hate God.
There are Republicans/Conservatives who appear to hate the God of mercy, God of the poor, God of the afflicted, God of the abused, God of the outcasts.
Republicans/Conservatives have no compassion.
There are multitudes of Republicans who are involved in social gospel ministries that certainly show compassion.
Hate Trump or Worship Trump
There is the group that hates Trump no matter what he does. There is the group that appears to worship Trump-he can do no wrong.
There is the Christian extreme that turns the grace of God into mockery. Claiming that the grace of God gives room for willful, blatant sin by Christians. That is not God’s grace-it is His mercy that ‘winks’ at sin. Grace is the power to overcome sin. God’s love and grace never condones or winks at sin.
There is the Christian extreme of legalism. It is a form of Christianity that reflects the Pharisee-ism of Jesus’ time. it is a works oriented, outside appearance form of Christianity. It becomes a religion of bondage that ignores the mercy and grace of God.
We could list a multitude of other extremes. As Christians we must stand against extremism. We must not bow down to the extremes of our culture.
Philippians 2: 14-16
Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. …
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
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