The story is told of an old man whose grandson rode a donkey while they were traveling from one city to another. One critic said, “Would you look at that old man suffering on his feet while that kid is totally capable of walking.” So, then the old man rode the donkey while the boy walked. And the next critic said, “Would you look at that – a healthy man making a poor little boy suffer.” So, the man and the boy both rode the donkey, and the next critic said, “Would you look at those two brutes causing that poor donkey to suffer.” So, they both got off and started walking until the next critic said, “Would you look at that waste, a perfectly good donkey not being used.” Finally, the old man and the little boy decided to carry the donkey on a pole between them. The next critic said, “Would you look at that, two idiots carrying a donkey.”
The bottom line is that no matter what you say or write, someone will always criticize it! To prove this point, the first steamboat took 32 hours to go from New York City to Albany; critics laughed. The horse and buggy passed an early motor car as if it were standing still, and critics laughed. The first electric light bulb was so dim that people had to use a gas lamp to see it, and critics laughed. The first airplane came down 59 seconds after it left the ground, and critics laughed.
If you try to write articles that deal with the problems of our society as they relate to Biblical teaching, expect the critics to swarm. There are watch dogs who feel that they are called upon to keep their eyes on what others write so they can growl and complain that Christians should always be silent.
Some in the Lord’s church feel that elders and preachers should never talk about the relevant issues and controversial topics, especially those they consider political issues. They completely forget that in today’s society, religious issues have been made political issues which include the war declared on the home, family and the church.
Because of loud-mouth critics, this challenge to stand up for the truth has gone unheeded by a majority of our church leaders with the results of gay marriage and allowing a vocal minority of liberal, loud-mouth activists to radically change our culture in America.
One doesn’t have to be a prophet to predict that churches can expect slanderous criticism from the left-leaning radicals who support
socialism, abortion, same-sex marriage, globalist movement of one world government. We must oppose such sin and not go along with it. We must not be quiet and continue to let the morals of our nation slip further down the drain. We must stand opposed to open borders, because eventually this will destroy our nation.
Christians need to re-engage in our civic responsibilities; and like the Apostle Paul, be bold in asserting our Constitutional rights against the present anti-Christian establishment of globalists. Christians cannot afford to take a live-and-let-live approach to sin. We will never change what we tolerate; and what we tolerate, our children will embrace tomorrow.
If we start whittling ourselves down to fit what the critics think, those who accept sin, we will very soon be whittled away completely! The Bible says, “And be not conformed to this world” (Rom. 12:2). The Lord’s plan is that Christians change the world, not that the world should change us.
--- Earl Sutton