“there was given to me a thorn in the flesh…” 2 Corinthians 12:7
Have you ever had a thorn or splinter in your flesh? Just a tiny little speck can aggravate you to death until you get it out. Writing to the Corinthians here, Paul was talking about a “thorn in the flesh;” some irritation that was placed on him. In his case, whatever the aliment was, it was given to him to be a reminder not to be proud and boast in himself.
Though this is the scripture I’m referring to, we’re going to look at the flip side.
As Christians, WE can be a thorn in the flesh of the world! And, by the way, I would wear this as a badge of honor for Jesus Christ. What I mean is… as long as “the Church” is on this earth, we will be a thorn, an irritation, to the lost world as long as we believe and preach Christ and His Word.
As an example, we will never accept or endorse the homosexual lifestyle. Also, we will never accept and endorse abortion; or any other type of sin, regardless of what it is.
The Bible teaches us that we are to put on the ‘whole armor of God’ to guard ourselves from the “fiery darts” of the enemy. I think it’s time for the Church to start firing back. Drawing a line in the sand is a way we fire back. Standing on God’s Word is a way we fire back. And SPEAKING God’s Word is a way we fire back. Standing up, and not yielding to society is how we fire back.
That being said, I like what happened with Phil Robertson. Good ol’ Phil!
Phil reminds me of an Old Testament prophet in his appearance, or even like John the Baptist… The long hair, the long beard. They told it like it was, whether it was course or not. They didn’t apologize for what they said and believed, and neither has Phil.
Now, I’m not putting Phil on a pedestal or equating him with John the Baptists or the Prophets. He’s just a man that’s standing on God’s word. But He is a type of thorn in the flesh to the world. Look how much of an uproar that one Christian man caused. Just imagine if 30 million true Christians would make a stand!
The thing is, Christians can’t worry about being popular or accepted by the world. It’s not going to happen. Jesus said, they hated Him and they’ll hate us. Phil knows, just like all Christians should know, that money and popularity is not nearly as important as stand for God. (You can’t serve God and Mammon. -Matthew 6:24)
I don’t believe that a true Christian will ever be happy in Hollywood. They would have to compromise too much. The two just can’t go together. That’s just my opinion and I hope that the world would be tolerant of it!
Just something to think about.
Until next time…
-Steven Walker Sr.