“No More Namby Pamby Christians”
Dear family of friends,
Some call it “fire in the bones”. Some say “I’m steamed up” or that "burns me up." Others use words I was raised not to even think about saying. But however you express the attitude of “I am just tired of it”, that will move you to move, that will be better than to waste your God-given life away as the world dies away.
On the way to work this morning, having again donned my “Jeff Gordon NASCAR helmet”, for the trip north on I77 in Charlotte, NC even at 6 am, I was flashed twice with the bright lights from behind, for no apparent reason. But then I knew it must be because of the Israel flag sticker on my left rear window, or the “I Love My Wife” one on the opposite side. Facts that I stand for. Loves that I will die for.
My car's rear window.
You know, I have had enough of those who keeping telling me, and our country, and the world, that historic truths are lies; that standing for righteousness is pushing my beliefs on others; that sharing a word of hope and love on the job isn’t permitted, because it might offend someone else. Really? Well then so be it.
Christians around the world are being hammered, murdered, tortured for their beliefs, and many of us in the USA are just content to sit in the Sunday pew, hear a nice song, and then join the rest of them as if we ourselves have never “seen the light”, or have been saved from the lukewarmness that has engulfed so many of us these past twenty years. We have been fogged over.
Becoming so content to just lay around waiting for the rapture, when the King of kings and Lord of lords, who saved us from that dead beat life we had, has already given us the command to “Get up and get out there” to the dying world. (Just as a side note: General George S. Patton knew how to get the job done in World War II. I know the Lord used him and pray He gives us leaders again who are willing and able to do the right thing as required.)
How we have chosen to just pass the days, night after night, watching TV shows that leave you with no meaning and no purpose, while at the same time just letting the ungodly thoughts come into our homes and numb our minds without us thinking twice about it. How we have become namby pamby*, afraid to speak a word, declare His truth, or spread the gospel to those who need to hear it before eternity hits them tomorrow.
“I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless.
“Here’s what I want you to do: Buy your gold from me, gold that’s been through the refiner’s fire. Then you’ll be rich. Buy your clothes from me, clothes designed in Heaven. You’ve gone around half-naked long enough. And buy medicine for your eyes from me so you can see, really see.
“The people I love, I call to account—prod and correct and guide so that they’ll live at their best. Up on your feet, then! About face! Run after God!
“Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!
“Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.” (Revelation 3:15-22)
As for me and my house, I for one am going to talk louder, share more often, help those who want help, and do that which I have been called to do. Feeding my self-love is not the answer I want. I hope you are so moved to do what you have been saved from, and called to do. If you don’t, we all will suffer from your inaction.
The world doesn’t need any more namby pamby Christians. They need God-fearing, not man-fearing, disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ to do what He has already commanded us to do. Get up and get going.
Ahava to my family of friends,
Founder, Love For His People
NOTE: This was published on Dec. 10, 2013, before the Duck Dynasty/A&E issue over Phil Robertson's stand on Biblical beliefs. It is good to see believers and families speaking up in support of our right to share the truth.
Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty on A&E TV
*Namby Pamby is a term for affected, weak, and maudlin speech/verse. However, its origins are in Namby Pamby (1725), by Henry Carey. Another: lacking in character or substance
unexciting, uninspiring, unrewarding; bland, boring, drab,dreary, dry, dull, heavy, humdrum, jading, leaden, lifeless,monotonous, pedestrian, ponderous, tedious, tiresome,tiring, uninteresting, vapid, wearisome, weary, wearying;inane; innocuous, inoffensive; mild, soft, subdued, tame,weak; common, commonplace, ordinary, stale,unexceptional
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Ahava Love Letter #94 “No More Namy Pamby Christians” ©2013 Steve Martin
Date: In the year of our Lord 2013 (12.10.13 Wednesday at 7:30 am in Charlotte, NC).
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