(first posted March 1, 2016) https://everydaywiththeking.com/2016/03/01/warning-you-might-not-like-this/

March 1, 2016

 As things grow darker around us, we have the increasing opportunity to shine brighter for Jesus. That's the good news. The bad news is that our enemy has a special strategy that works especially well in the darker times. If you have been following any of the coverage of the presidential campaigns you have seen the plan in action.  The acceptable standard is plunging within the Christian community. Are you baffled? I have been stunned. What we are seeing is the result of a simple two-step plan.

Step 1    

Some leaders in the Christian community gradually drop their standards because they are following the current culture instead of Jesus Christ. So those who are following the leaders drop their standards also.

Step 2

Dark times come and many go willingly, even enthusiastically into the darkness.

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having a form of godliness but denying its power.                                                      -2 Timothy 3:1-5    NKJV

Remember the lyrics of  "Stay Strong" by Newsboys?   (Link to video below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8j-YLb37Yk&list=PLECD39C4A3FC14802&index=1

Who are you?

Who are you serving?

We must stand strong and keep our eyes on Jesus and not be swayed by an evil ploy.

I pray that we will shine in the darkness.

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.          -Daniel 12:3 NKJV

 

On May 4, 2016 an update to above was posted  

Today is May 4, 2016. In the past 2 months, we have seen the escalation of moral decline in the United States increase at an even faster rate than we would have thought possible. Last night the 2016 election was the big news and this morning many of us are sensing the call to prayer.

I urge you to stay close to Jesus. Get into the Word and pray. We need to be hearing what God is saying and live our lives by the Spirit in faith. Hard times approach but they offer many opportunities to shine for Jesus. This is our time and God will equip us with what is needed. Let us be the ambassadors that we are called to be and walk daily with the King.

On Monday September 26 the first of 3 Presidential Debates took place. This event prompted me to once again add an update.

Update September 27, 2016

I am not surprised by the presidential election campaign circus in these past months. But, I am surprised about the eager involvement of Christian leaders in this. Many have become part of a desperate alliance.  The purpose of the alliance is to join together in support of a candidate who is believed to be the best choice for Christians.

Philip Yancey expresses it well in less than 3 minutes.

Exclusive: Philip Yancey on Donald Trump, evangelicals, and politics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trjK4t3M2E8

How did we get here?

I invite you to read the conclusion of this blog update on my website. Click on link below.

https://everydaywiththeking.com/2016/03/01/warning-you-might-not-like-this/

 

Published by Lynn Bradley