I understand this may not be the most popular read. I understand that this post may rub some of you the wrong way. I understand that my words and intentions may get twisted. That is not my wish, nor is it my goal in writing this. I pray that you read these words as they were intended and that you hear not my opinions, but rather the Truth that comes from God the Father, by whose spirit I am both convicted and led to write this. May the Holy Spirit guide my words and reach your heart…
Today I was sitting in class. Okay, I admit to slightly dazing off as it was right around the 2 o’clock hour and everyone knows that’s prime nap time. But I tuned back in just as someone was using the phrase “devil’s advocate”. I began to think about the phrase, especially the word advocate. In today’s society, advocacy is all around us. Check Facebook. Check Twitter. It’s there, I promise you. It seems we all have an aching desire to be a part of something and to fight for something we truly believe in. What a wonderful thing. However, through my eyes, it almost seems like advocacy has taken a turn for the worst. It is becoming less and less about promoting righteousness, and more and more about defending unrighteousness. It is becoming less and less about promoting godliness, and more and more about defending sin. It is becoming less and less about promoting God, and more and more about defending man. It seems there has been a shift in why we advocate and more importantly, who we advocate for.
I am a people pleaser by nature. And let me tell you it is both a blessing and a curse. It is what can sanctify me one second, and completely destroy me the next. Often times it is what leads me into sin. You see, I seek other people’s acceptance and approval. I hate to disappoint and upset people. I can’t stand the thought of someone being angry, upset, hurt, or let down because of something I said or did. To be others centered to serve and to love is a righteous and good thing. But to be others centered for acceptance and approval is not only dangerous, it’s secular. The Truth is, we have no obligation to advocate for the sins of our neighbor. We were not called to be soldiers who protect and defend man’s sin. We were called to be soldiers who protect and defend man’s purity.
This is basically what I’m gettin’ at… When we advocate or promote anyone or anything other than GOD and what He says to be true, we are wrong. This is the one statement I always come back to when I am faced with controversial topics. When I’m faced with the topic of homosexuality. When I’m faced with the topic of abortion. When I’m faced with the topic of pre-marital sex. When I’m faced with the topic of pornography. The list of controversial topics could go on for days! When I’m faced with a choice to advocate for any of these things, I ask myself…
1. Am I advocating for God?
2. Am I advocating for the Truth of His Word?
If the answer to both of those questions is “no”… then it’s a no for me. That doesn’t mean advocating is wrong. Like I said, advocacy is a wonderful thing. …When used for the right thing. Honestly, I could care less about doing right by society and ‘Merica. I could care less about doing right by 2014. I care about doing right by God. Our message has now turned into, “Well, it’s what seems fair. It’s what seems less restricting and most sensible.” We’re doing right by people, and that scares me. Because let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment… we as people don’t have the best track record when it comes to sin. Shall I take us back to the Garden of Eden? Hit up Genesis 3 – satan got us to try and defend our sin once before, why not again? Know this – we will always be under attack – never free from the flying darts of the devil. …But we are certainly not defenseless. The Word of God is our defense. Jesus used scripture to disprove the lies of the devil and resist his temptations.
“Get behind me satan. For it is written…”
I wish it upon NO ONE to ever try and sugar coat, protect, negotiate, or rationalize my sin. I wish it upon NO ONE to take on the task of “doing right by me”. I wish it upon NO ONE to love me more than they love God. However, I DO wish that my fellow believers in Christ would love me enough to never cease to speak Truth into my life. I DO wish my fellow brothers and sisters would love me enough to keep me accountable by boldly calling out my sin. I DO wish my fellow sinners would love me enough to come along side me and say “let’s fight this together!” We’ve missed the mark on what love is. Love is not bandaging over the infected wound so it won’t hurt. Love sometimes means doing the hard thing – putting on the ointment… even when it stings. I don’t want my earthly nature to be advocated for. I want the Holy Spirit which dwells inside me to be advocated for. I don’t want to be defended and let off the hook. I want to be convicted and changed so that Jesus in all His righteousness can rise up inside of me and conquer every stronghold that tries to cling to my soul. I don’t condone my own sin, so I will certainly not be condoning anyone else’s.
And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”
Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
1 John 3: 7,8
If God doesn’t support it, I don’t support it.
We are so quick to be “in” and approved by the world. We are so quick to be popular and politically correct. We are so quick to be “liked”, “shared”, and “favorited”. We are so quick to adhere to the world’s standards instead of the standard set by “that old book that doesn’t mean anything anymore”. If you claim to be a Christian, “that old book” isn’t something that went out of style and is of no importance or value… “that old book” is timeless and omnipotent – it’s your lifeline, your standard, your everything. The Word of God is not something we can toy with, change, twist, or use only when it’s convenient. There is no pencil attached for add ons and there is no eraser attached for corrections. It is perfect, complete, and God-breathed. The Word of God must be taken in it’s entirety, or not at all. God Himself must be taken for all He is and all He stands for, or not at all. As Christians, it is our duty to defend, support, and promote both God and His Word. As Christians, it is not our duty to defend, support, and promote the sin of this world. We are God’s advocate. We are not the devil’s advocate, evil’s advocate, or our fellow man’s advocate. I think one of the main reasons we don’t proclaim the (unpopular) Truth, is because we have a fear that it will offend someone. But let me ask you something… Who would you rather offend? Your friend/neighbor/brother/sister/mom/dad/grandma/grandpa/aunt/uncle/cousin/co-worker/Facebook friend you’ve never even seen in person? Or God – the One who holds all authority and all judgment. The One we are here to serve, obey, and advocate on behalf of. The one who we will all stand before someday. The One who set the standard. The One who is perfect – spotless – blameless. It should not be our intent to offend, but we cannot let that possibility stop us from sharing, proclaiming, and advocating for the Truth in a loving way! Conviction is too often mistaken for offense.
Who are you trying to please? Man? Or God?
Whose vote are trying to win? Man’s vote? Or God’s vote?
Whose advocate are you being? Man’s Advocate? Or God’s Advocate?
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you,let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
So sure, there’s a separation of church and state. I get that. The law in this country tells us we’re free to our religion, until it interferes with how we make decisions. I can deal with not being that great of an American. But what I can’t deal with is not being that great of a servant of God. The Law of the Lord will always take precedence over the law of the land I dwell in. I have a hard time separating my faith from any other aspect of my life. My faith is everything. It’s my first priority. God is who I answer to first. I don’t answer to a ballot box. I don’t answer to a politician. I don’t answer to my Facebook newsfeed. I don’t answer to the media. I don’t answer to man. I do not answer to satan. I answer to my Creator. My discernment of God’s Word is how I discern absolutely everything else in this world. My role as a Christian proceeds every other role I have. I understand that that may not make a whole lot of sense to a lot of you, but it makes sense to me. Once rooted in the foundation of Christ, everything else seems to take care of itself. There’s not a doubt in my mind that sin will be accepted and placed into the laws of every nation. There’s not a doubt in my mind that lies will continue to be believed and spread as vicious as wildfire. There’s not a doubt in my mind that we as a people will continue to please a “progressing world” – 2014, 2015, 2016… However, hear this… Not a day will come before me that I will put state before church. Not a day will come before me that I say “okay” to state and “no” to God. Not a day will come before me that I give up and let sin win. As long as I’m living… I’ll be fighting. And I won’t be fighting for man’s benefit. I’ll be fighting for God’s benefit. Yes, there will be a day when satan will say, “I’ve just about won. I’ve just about fooled them all. I’ve just about become greater than God”. But before he is able to utter one more word… righteousness will prevail and triumph forever! The mouths of the foolish will be silenced, and the truth will at last be fully proclaimed!
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.
Philippians 1: 9,10
When he comes, he’ll expose the error of the godless world’s view of sin, righteousness, and judgment: He’ll show them that their refusal to believe in me is their basic sin; that righteousness comes from above, where I am with the Father, out of their sight and control; that judgment takes place as the ruler of this godless world is brought to trial and convicted.
John 16: 8-11
We have taken a shift. Yes, Christians have taken a shift. After all, how can those who know not the Truth, shift and stray from it? No, I believe the biggest and most heartbreaking shift has occurred smack dab in the middle of the Christian faith. We have shifted from advocating on behalf of God and the Truth of His Word to advocating on behalf of satan and the lies he feeds us. By advocating for acceptance of sin… we are actually advocating for the devil. I’m not making this up. Any chance the devil has to get in between God and man… I guarantee he’ll take it. Any chance the devil has to stop the Gospel from being advanced, Oh let me tell ya… he’ll sure take it. Any chance the devil has to use ONE OF GOD’S VERY OWN to spread lies and acceptance of sin… He will JUMP at the opportunity.
And do you want to know who his target is?
You have to be the one to stand up and proclaim the truth. You have to be the one to serve the everlasting God of eternity, not the here today-gone tomorrow gods of 2014. You have to be the one to say, “Wait a minute, that’s not what God says.” You have to be the one to courageously get up on that soap box and speak what you were called to speak. You have to be the one to advocate. …So be careful who you’re doing it for.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
having girded your waist with truth,
having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
And take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
and for me, that utterance may be given to me,
that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,
for which I am an ambassador in chains;
that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
We were called to be advocates of God’s righteousness. Unfortunately, we’re human and we fail at this over and over and over again. Lucky for us, JESUS is OUR ADVOCATE! He advocates to God the Father on our behalf. Let us not continue in sin so that grace may abound… but let us be ever thankful for a Savior who loves us enough to plead our case when we do.
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
1 John 2:1
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
When I one day stand before my Savior and King, I hope with everything in me that I can say “Lord, I advocated for you. I did what you sent me to do. I stood upon my soap box and proclaimed you and your Truth as boldly as I could.” When I one day come before my Savior and King, I will have no one left to advocate for but the God that stands before me. I will stand before no politician, no co-workers, no family, no friends. In that moment, my work on earth will be done and HE will be my final stamp of approval – the only one I’ll need.
Why serve men, when in the end their judgment won’t matter anyway?
I do not seek to serve men, I seek to serve God.
I do not seek to glorify men, I seek to glorify God.
I do not seek the approval of men, I seeK the approval of God.
I do not advocate for men, I advocate for God.
Satan wants that blue “publish” button to scare me right out of sharing what God convicted me to write.
Well I’ve got one thing to say to him…
“Get behind me satan. For it is written…”