i am a colorado springs girl. actually i am a co springs Pastor'sKid. my daddy pastored there. we knew ted. he had breakfast with my dad once a month.
my family is so sad over all that is going on. and all i can think about is something ted said about 13 years ago...
you see he has a MEGA mega church. a church some see as crazy sometimes. the people would attend services in tennis shoes so they could run laps around the building. then there are the streaming banners and flags that are waved during worship. Ted was talking and relayed how this started to my dad... one day during a sermon, he was sweating, took out a handkerchief to wipe his brow. it remained in his hand as he preached. and at some point he shook it as he got into his sermon. the next week there were lil handkerchiefs being waved in the congregation. they got bigger , bandanas, and bigger and became huge flags. then the flags needed runners to go before them so they could wave in the wind. at the end of this Ted shrugged his shoulders and said "what do you do when your church is out of control?".
Compromise begins at those moments where you chose to look the other way, not act in the authority G-d has given you. I do not want a life of compromise. I love the book "No Compromise" by Keith Green. As a jewish bride the words consecrated mean so much. Those are the words the bridegroom whispers in her ear. "behold, you are consecrated unto me according to the laws of moses and israel." consecrated. set apart. made for him. As a Christian, i hear those same words whispered From my L-rd. i was made for Him. made to be different, set apart. uncompromising.
this week i was asked to compromise on a liturgical statement. to take it back, change it, make it less offensive and more current with today's line of thinking. It caused quite a heated arguement. it is something i can not compromise on.
but how many little compromises have i made this last year? how many times did i roll my eyes and say nothing when blatant sin was present either in my life or those i love? if i can take a stand on one, why not on all? what is the greater offense, confronting sin or allowing it?
a brother told me that he is all about grace. that's it. grace for himself, grace for others. grace for some reason is being used as a christian word for tolerance. THIS IS NOT GRACE!!!!
Titus 2 verse 11
11For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
grace doesn't look the other way. grace doesn't compromise. grace consecrates us.
Gayle, mrs haggard, will be issuing a note of encouragement, which wil be read with her husband's apology/explanation at both of tomorrow's services. pray for her. another colorado pastor's "immoral conduct, indescertions" led to his son's suicide. pray for the five haggard children. pray for the exhuberant new lifers and for their trust to be in G-d, not man.
men fail. G-d does not.