"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
Ecclesiastes 3 (ESV)
3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
Life often gets the best of us. We find ourselves working our fingers to the bone man days, just to come home to a mailbox full of empty bills. Even if you escape the mailbox there are the inbox emails from the utility company just to remind you to check your mailbox for the bill that you already tried to forget about. Then there is that Sunday morning stroller, only it’s Tuesday morning and you needed to be at work about ten minutes ago. Now its Wednesday night Bible study time and you are just torn between staying home while feeling guilty, which will keep you from catching up on sleep; or going and feeling guilty about not getting extra sleep because you been an “unproductive employee” as of lately. This is the reality of life itself for most of us. We all face circumstances and trials if we serve the Lord Almighty. Did you really believe that the curse wouldn’t affect you or your family? Take the good times with the bad because it is all only for a season. Just as there are seasons in our great state of N.C. and in many or your areas, there are seasons in the spiritual realm as well. These seasons in the spiritual realm cause ripples in the physical realm. Many may be due to the seeds that we have sewn and some are just necessary for our path to align with God’s will in our lives. Whatever season you are going through, there is a time of hurt, happiness, guilt, blessings, life, death, and many in between. The seasons don’t discriminate between classes of people or even believer or non-believer. The seasons are relentless and will usher in change as soon as we feel as if we are comfortable. I pray that you find the following advice for handling the seasons in your life at the very least helpful and possibly a way to view the seasons of change differently than in the past.
Let me start this hard conversation first off with saying, “God doesn’t want us comfortable”. Sounds crazy right? This is the faith that allows us to be saved right where we are in life, allows us to come as we are, and gives us a clear path of communication to the God we serve. Why wouldn’t such an awesome God want us comfortable in our life which has been dedicated to living for Him? The reasons are countless, but let’s examine the greatest evangelist and founder of our faith: Jesus. This is a man (also God) who never stayed in one place after committing to ministry longer than a couple of weeks, but usually days. At the peak of His ministry He was so popular with public healing and preaching the Gospel that He couldn’t hardly even get away for just long enough to rest or pray (Luke 5:16). When He wasn’t busy dodging fanatical followers, He was avoiding attempts at His own life and ministry. Imagine being the guy who has to constantly look over your shoulder or come up with a wise come back to an insult that doesn’t contradict who you are in your faith. Most of our pastors deal with some of this on a daily basis, but we believe that they should be perfect. The truth is that none of us could handle what Jesus went through and most of us couldn’t even handle what our Pastors go through. So if the men of God suffer and struggle, why shouldn’t we? The only way for our faith to grow is to stretch it, much like many athletes build muscles. In order to have the capacity to add on the power of our faith, we need to exercise it often and stretch past our comfort zones (Isaiah 54:2, Philippians 4:13). This stretching may include working with people who we don’t normally associate with such as drug addicts, the poor, or those who have been publicly shamed. We need to get around other believers whose faith stretches us as well (Proverbs 27:17). Sometimes God may place these people in our paths on His accord. The greater the testimony that may result from an act of faith in God, the greater the sacrifice there will be (Acts 4:1-33). As a servant of God, I can attest to this very truth. As I have seen big blessings from God and even bigger promises of what is to come, I have also suffered the price that is paid to serve such an awesome God in this capacity. Just as Jesus was you will be slandered, cursed, mocked, ridiculed, and even stepped on in the eyes of man. Radical results in this world requires radical faith (Hebrews 11:6). Radical faith will push us to places we haven’t been before and may not ever go again. Trust in God wherever you are and depend on him to guide your steps. What we have to remember is that just like any other time in our life, this is a season. Many times God is testing us for what blessings are ahead if we are not properly prepared we could trip over our own toes. Don’t worry, the seasons of being uncomfortable don’t normally stay forever. Being uncomfortable is just like stretching the body. You tend to get more flexible over time and soon standing up and speaking in front of groups or serving trays to the homeless will be something that has become bit of a normal act for you. I call this the season of fall, because no matter what we dress in we will be uncomfortable. Long sleeves are too hot and when we wear short sleeves a cold front come in the land. Being uncomfortable is part of the growing process. Instead of fighting God, pray for His blessing so that you can see just how far He can stretch you all while giving Him the glory!
Some seasons affect us more than others. You have your seasons of transitions which tend to be short, such as spring or fall. Shortly after these seasons come to an end you have the ugly introduction of the next long season in life. Spring comes in just as its name and springs into action with new animal and plant life. Most of us even get a mood boost this time of the year as we are reminded of the warm beach breezes or the family cookouts on Easter weekend. This is comparable to the season in life when everything seems to be perfect. God is blessing us bountifully, our job is paying, our family loves and appreciates, and everyone’s health seems to be great. Don’t get comfortable in spring because it won’t be long before the heat of summer (life’s trials) come your way. When the excitement of spring is over, the true test of summer is right at our doorstep. Amongst the heat of a trial is where our outside shells are melted off and our character is exposed (1 Corinthians 3:10-15). God gets to show the world how close we really are to Him and how we react when life comes against us in true form. In fall we are once again reminded of the season of death not far ahead of us. It is in this season where we either show commitment to the Lord or turn our backs on him. Mostly everyone has a season of fall in their life where they are given the Gospel and the decision to follow God or not. This season of fall is short and brisk. It will not wait before giving in to the prevailing and life snatching winds of the winter. This will not be a season of waiting and pondering, but of quick life changing decisions that will affect you for eternity. The wrong decision could have your life out of control come the trying months of winter, for the coming season is not one for the faint of heart. Winter likes to announce itself with a ferocious burst of cold air that seems to draw life out of every living organism left from the warm summer months. Whole sections of country forests are deadened within a matter of days it seems. As we turn the next page in our lives it feels we are only left with despair and hopelessness. Many times this season is brought in our lives with the loss of a loved one, or maybe even the set back of a layoff from your job. This season is one of trial and tribulation. It will test you and harden you at times, but we must be careful not to let our hearts be hardened. We must remain warm hearted internally for Jesus. In the cold of winter it is important to remember we must remain at the fire to stay warm. We must be close to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ through fellowship and we must draw even closer to our heavenly Father in Worship (Acts 4:32-33). Admiring God through even the lowest of seasons is a good way to be seen as faithful to His will for our life and not our own.
The most important thing to remember when going through one of these trying seasons in our life is remember that God is still God and He is still on the throne. Our God is a living God and he can grant life as well as take it. We must not place anything above Him, but also never live below our inheritance that our King has granted us even here on this earth. As many of you know, within the main seasons there are many patterns that will cause what I would call sub-seasons to occur in our life. Such things as blessings may occur even during a trial or death season in our life. It is during these times that we should give praises to our Lord by providing rain to a much drenched desert of faith. We need to be refilled as any other being on this earth and restored to a level where we can continue fighting the storm. Just as the potter knows his clay, God knows his children and their limits. So I encourage you, to embrace the seasons in your life. Embrace the change that God brings in order to “sharpen” us into the iron that Jesus would have us be to fight on the front lines of this spiritual battle. Love the good and happy seasons as they often seem short. Even the bad seasons should be cherished so that we may never lose sight of the lessons God has taught us in them. Hold God near and dear to your heart and never let go of the plan that God has for your life!
1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (ESV)
10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
Acts 4:32-33 (ESV)
32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
17 Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another
Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Isaiah 54:2 (ESV)
2 “Enlarge the place of your tent,
and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
and strengthen your stakes.
Luke 5:16 (KJV)
16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed
Today's world appears to be some type of time warp where everything just moves faster as time progresses. However, for most of us as time progresses; complications don't often get solved faster. It is at the point in time when matters have gotten us in such a burdened state that we feel like losing all hope and forget who our creator is. Truly, it’s easy to get really caught up in life and to feel trapped in our problems. Just today my wife got a second speeding ticket in two weeks and wasn't even speeding when she got this one. Next she found out that her professional certification was expired even though her employer maintains it and requires it. I found that my check for this pay period was much smaller than expected (it's honestly not that big anyway which is why it matters so much). The little things in life seem big when they gang up on you, but we must stop dead in our tracks and remind the enemy who we serve. The first step to fighting the enemies’ attempts to drag you down is to make sure you are on God's side. Secondly we must understand that we must not lose faith and hope in God. We also have to understand that suffering is part of our sacrifice to God and that overcoming the obstacles thrown at us is part of the process of growth in faith. I hope and pray that all of you can reflect on a testimony to compare to these experiences and how God has brought you out. Salvation's Call also looks forward to the future testimonies in how the content here has helped you overcome the odds that life brings our way through your faith in Christ and your new found knowledge of His Word.
When I say the term "on God's side", I'm not talking some relative term as you would expect in school for your gym coach to divide you on sides for competition in some sort of fun game. What we mean is truly being a "Christ follower" which is where we get the term "Christian" in the first place. To be a follower of Christ you must first have had to confess your faith in Jesus Christ, that He was slain on that rugged old cross, and was placed in a tomb to only be raised again in three days where he would spend a short time on earth before ascending to Heaven to be at the right hand of the Father. You would have also confessed that because He died and rose again that this made the ultimate sacrifice for all mankind and now you receive eternal life because of the shedding of His Blood. Thank God that He provided a way so that us people, not born into a Jewish household could have a gateway to heaven instead of Hell! No longer do we have to sacrifice animals and spend countless hours raising them to ensure our ability to worship the God we serve. All we have to do is call upon Him, profess our faith in Christ and we have a communication line directly to heaven at no physical cost to us. Being on God's team requires us to be "all in". Jesus warned us of being "lukewarm" in Revelation 3:16 where He says, " So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth." To be a luke warm Christian is to be one foot in the church and one foot out. In essence, we either serve God or we serve Satan. Everyone has a God whether they will admit it to you or not. For some it is their favorite athlete while others cherish their family over God. We must be willing to serve God with all our hearts and minds. We must not hold any idols over him. Our lives have to be balanced and managed so that no life problem, item, property, or person becomes more valuable to us than Him who created us. My wife loves me and I love her, but on our wedding day we vowed God's will over each of our desires because we know without him first in our lives our marriage is worthless. You may ask, "What does this have to do with being luke-warm"? Everything my friend! Way too many Christians in the church today are luke-warm and hold their faith for times of convenience." I will go to church on the fourth Sunday because I know that I will be working on Saturday night until 10pm the rest of the month. “My club softball games are on Sunday afternoons, so to be well rested I'm just going to skip worshiping God until the season is over." These are subtle little activities that seem harmless at first, but only allow the enemy to get in when we are weak and have not had the Gospel fresh on our hearts and destroy our faith completely. Of course everyone has complications with scheduling, life, and work which causes us issues sometimes with our worship commitments. This ministry was even created to help people with those sorts of problems, so trust us when we say we understand when life hurts. What we cannot allow though is for our faith and dedication to God be compromised due to our life circumstances. We must praise Him in our problems in life, and ensure that we are on God's team by professing our faith in Him.
To get through trials in life we must also not allow the enemy to steal our hope/faith in Christ and a better life after this world. God has promised us to protect us. We see in Psalm 3:2-6 where God protected and uplifted David, perhaps in one of his most trialing moments in life where he was afriad for his own physical well-being. Although King David was confident in God to look over him and meet his needs, he was also even more confident in God's promise to bless him in the next life. As Christians, our biggest benefit to faith in Christ is knowing that He prepares a place in heaven for us as He does in John 14:3. Not only does He promise a place for us if we have faith in Him, but he also promises to come and get us at His appointed time. What can the enemy steal from us if the inheritance that we have invested in is not of this earth? Still, there are times when we can really find ourselves bogged down and dull in faith. It is imperative that in these moments we must stop and reflect at all the good things that God has done for us and remember that He is in control.Remember that God spoke and the universe was created. Our words are powerful and often times we have to use them against the powers of evil. The old saints use the term "Get behind me Satan" often and it works. I personally love to call out the name of "Jesus" as I know that He hears the cries of His children and answer their call like the mother a lost lamb in the woods. Our Shepherd sees the needs of His flock and tends to our wounds. Trust in God and He will see you through.
One of the biggest lies that some ministries want believers to have faith in is more of a philosophy/trend than anything to do with Christianity at all. They inspire and instill confidence in their followers, but do little to encourage believers to check God's Word out for themselves. They offer a "feel good" ministry that functions within the parameters of positive feelings or emotions. The truth is they couldn't be further from the truth instead of teaching it. Being a Christian will not automatically make you successful in the eyes of the world. Some Christians have become successful and still are post-conversion, but the success was not just bestowed on them just for being Christian. God chooses to bless some of his children in this way, but I have found that many of us are probably not because the one thing that keeps us grounded with Him is our brokenness financially so that we do not become prideful by our own means. If I had millions of dollars from birth, I would not have experienced many of the financial hardships that I encountered which brought me to faith in Christ in just the right timing that it did. Regardless of how broke I feel compared to this country, I have to remember that just being born here was blessing given that since I am a citizen that places me in the top 98th percentile in the world for wealth. That alone is proof that God has blessed me. We often become accustomed to the normal state of living around us and when the comfort is snatched out from underneath us, it reminds me of how God has blessed me bountifully. We must remember that being a believer in Christ although rewarding, places in a position of suffering for His cause. If Christ himself suffered being the Son of God, as well as the disciples, what makes us believe that we are not subject to such persecution by evil as well? Surely if the greatest church planter and evangelist of all time, in Paul suffered; what excludes us? Does that mean that Christ doesn't love us? Surely, it does not. His loved transcends the elements of this world and fleshly body. He knows our limits and past failures. He knows how much suffering we can take until we break. He allows this as He allowed the enemy to attack Job to mold us into who he needs us to be. If we are servants of Christ, we must surely be shaped into the image that He requires us to be in order to serve Him in this life as well as the next. I pray that we all recognize even our blessings amongst the dirt of life. God is creating a diamond out of this dirty world, but to first do that he must cut and mold the ore. We weren't found as shiny stones, but as dirty rough rocks waiting on our creator to mold us back into the image in that we were created to be. Amen and Praise the most perfect Jeweler, Christ Jesus!
John 14:3 (KJV)
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Psalm 3:2-6 (KJV)
2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
2 Corinthians 11:17-23 (ESV)
17 What I am saying with this boastful confidence, I say not as the Lord would[a] but as a fool. 18 Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. 19 For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves! 20 For you bear it if someone makes slaves of you, or devours you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face. 21 To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that!
But whatever anyone else dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they offspring of Abraham? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death.
As a person more so than a minister, I want to take some time out to address some personal convictions upon my heart that may or may not reflect the heart of anyone else. After much consideration of the scriptures, prayer, and seeking the heart of God I realize that these issues should be addressed as they do not reflect the nature of Christ in any way. I want readers to remember that this is not some liberal arts college student or left-wing campaign staffer. I am a southern Pentecostal preacher who holds a Seminary degree from Liberty Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. So, before you label me as a “New Ager” who is ignorant of the facts, hear me out. What I have to say is strongly backed by the Gospel and I will do my best to show you.
I now speak to the fellow who has a talk radio show on a popular Christian radio station here in Rocky Mount N.C. on the weekdays from around 2pm-3pm. I hear the show every day on the way to my job daily, but have begun to listen to another contemporary Christian station as I do not agree with the insinuations or biased opinions without Biblical support to back your claims. I don’t know his name, and I don’t ever get a chance to catch his name, but I know about the talk show because it interrupts the life giving music and Gospel that the station normally plays daily. The situation I wish to address is not really just a problem with the opinions that he shared today on this radio show, but with the common misunderstandings the average evangelical believes due to conservative media all around our country. We all know that extreme political positions left or right can lead us into some of the same positions. I am afraid now more than ever our country has come to a split of extreme right and extreme left dug up by our nuisance media in this great country we call America. I am under the assumption that we still live in “the land of the free” and with that assumption, comes the idea of living as such. Your opinion is that the problem of Terror is Islam, just as the problem with our bathrooms is the gay people. Since I am myself a Christian I am well aware of the fact that both are sinful issues that do get confronted daily in our society. The problem is not that you address the actions, but rather you tend to focus on the people. You throw around strong speech that gives the obvious impression that you hate these people and not the actions that are sinful.
Jude 22-23 (ESV)
22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment[a] stained by the flesh.
Sir, today you said “the problem is Islam, there is no moderate Islam.” I happen to disagree with this statement. While I do not defend terror nor am I a Muslim, I defend those who won’t be given a voice to be heard in these matters. I have multiple Muslim friends and acquaintances who I have had the pleasure of discussing theological matters over time with and I have yet to see even a fraction of the level of hostility that many Christians show when confronted with a different belief system. Regardless of the persecution that they have suffered for another man’s decisions to blow himself up or terrorize others, they have always remained good natured towards people of other faiths. I have over my lifetime spent a great deal of study on the faith of Islam and I will be the first to tell you that there are almost as many divisions among the faith as there is Christianity. To say that “there is no moderate Islam” is simply not true. There is liberal, moderate, extreme, and everything in between. The differences can be huge and to say that all Muslims are terrorists at heart is parallel to saying that you are not a sinner at heart. We already know the heart of man itself is corrupt as was proved in the Gospel. Don’t be so quick to judge a man based on the only underlying fact as his religion as a motive to condemn all people who share that faith system in common. This bigoted view was the whole reason that Nazi Germany was built into an empire that made human kind suffer so greatly. Rather than judge the Muslim people, we should share our faith with them. Humans are often afraid of what they do not understand. Instead of making the mistake of being afraid why don’t we educate ourselves on the various faith bodies represented in our country? Knowledge is power, especially knowledge of God’s Word and if I am correct; God’s Word tells us to share the gospel not inflict our own evil version of justice.
Mark 12:30-31 (KJV)
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
I agree that a large percentage of people who live in the Middle East want to see war waged on America, but you have to ask yourself first why? Is it because of our faith, or is it because they have been fed them hate instead of the love of God. Even if they have a good worldview, what good things do we now see coming from America that a small child in that portion of the country could view as good? Is it our porn, Hollywood cinemas, entertainers, or even athletes? The answer is nothing but the Gospel. That is the only good that seems to be coming out of this country in small trickles as an export at the moment and even that is beginning to disappear due to the lack of support. If sinfulness and pagan lifestyles are our exports along with our side order of hate via guided missiles or drone strikes which kill civilians, what more do we expect from this region of the world? Do we expect to be greeted with love and open arms? Of course as a nation and people we must be willing to defend our troops and borders which goes along with protecting our freedom. Our error is when our country believes it can dictate the affairs of the world and expect no backlash. Now, let’s understand that the hatred of the Middle Eastern regions towards the U.S. has nothing to do with most American Muslim people. Those regions would still hate us if we were the Muslims and they were the Christians. As a matter of fact, wasn’t it the Emperor Alexius Comnenus with the help of Pope Urban II who began many Crusade massacres hundreds of years ago? To answer the question of violence in the Quran, yes the wording can be strong for someone who takes it out of context. I have read the Quran and agree that spiritual warfare should not be confused with actual physical violence in this world. If we look at Islam as a violent faith because of the wording of its text then what would others say about ours. Just look in the Old Testament, or the Talmud, or even the Torah and you will see where God has ordained the killing of homosexuals in the Law. Leviticus 20:13 says, “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them (KJV). Do we kill homosexuals just because it is written in the OT law or was that law considered for another time? We all know what the answer would be, but with the level of hostility towards Muslims and Quran, would we truly ever give them the same benefit of thought? Should we call Jews a violent people, or are they now “modern” or “moderate”? The answer to all of this is, Jesus. Ultimately we were given a solution to the problems with the Law through the blood of Christ, but instead of being “Christ Like” we judge according to the law. Our hate breeds nothing but more hate, while if we would just love we would see what God could do with a region like the Middle East. With such a large potential for ministry, it is sad to see the real reality of the situation going on there. It will take us a long time, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to fix the relationships there, but with God anything is possible! So please, let’s stop the hateful ideals and theologies that have spread like wildfire through our country and let us begin to shine the light of Christ in a dark world. That is our responsibility as a ministry for the Gospel. Our greatest commandment is to love one another as Christ loved the church. Let us begin to do God’s will today!
While our government steals our rights daily, many Christian media outlets have a tendency to focus on ratings rather than truth. They employ fear tactics when the channel that they broadcast on should be reserved for the life giving Gospel of Christ and His worship. It is very contradictory to hear a man speaking his mind on ministry radio without the support of the Gospel in my own opinion. Often I hear the sharing of warped ideals and radical solutions to our nation’s problems. It is time that we left personal opinions and side objectives alone and focus on the task at hand, which is sharing the Gospel. Christian radio is a ministry and non-profit just as the church and should act accordingly. If someone wants to hear a conservative talk show, they should be able to turn the knob to that specific channel that shares conservative news and talk shows. Christian radio and television have been turned into mere entertainment venues and it is time that the tables be turned over in the Temple before it is too late and Christ returns to do it himself. Let us as brothers and sisters of Christ join together to accomplish the Father’s will.
Matthew 21:12 (KJV)
12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
John 2:13-19 (KJV)
13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up
Target’s bathroom policies although they are extremely liberal and dangerous, should not be the focus of a ministry. There is no way that a non-believer can tune into your station and be witnessed to by hearing the amount and degree of discussion going on about signing some pledge to boycott Target stores. We already know where Target stands on this issue, stop kicking the dead horse and move on. Until the Target executives are converted or just give up they are not going to change their policies. They believe that they are doing the moral and righteous duty of a major big-box retailer with their level of influence just as you believe that you are standing up for Christian morals and practices. Self-righteousness is one of the most dangerous of heart conditions, and is always leveled out by the slyness of Satan. If Target is wrong we will see them judged as such, but if we are wrong in focusing on the deceit of the world instead of the true will of the Father we will suffer the consequences of this decision as well.