Jude

Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.” [Jude 1:3. NLT]1

Who is Jude? Well, Jude is the author of one of the shortest books (actually, it’s a letter) in the New Testament. Therefore, it is quite possible you’ve never noticed Jude’s letter, because it normally takes-up only a bit over one page—sandwiched between 3rd John and Revelation.

Jude, the brother of Jesus and James, wrote this letter to Jewish Christians in approximately 65 A.D. I believe God also meant it especially for all Christians living in the United States, …today.

If you want to know what is wrong in America, don’t bother with the network news, the morning paper, the internet, or any other over-the-air or print media. Read the 25-verses of Jude.

After his greeting, Jude immediately began to discuss apostasy—when people turn away from God’s truth and embrace false teachings. Hmm, sound familiar? Not a man to mince his words, Jude reminds us that while our God loves us beyond measure, our God is also a just God. He does not look the other way when people sin. He cannot allow sin to enter into heaven. There will be heavy consequences for those who defy God’s authority and scoff at things they do not understand (or don’t want to understand). False teachers who lead people into sin, will stand particularly harsh judgment.

Next, Jude issues a call to all Christians to remain faithful. To support one another with prayer and encouragement. And, to show mercy to non-believers, while being careful not to become influenced by them.

Above all, we must stand our ground. We owe it to every Christian who has preceded us. And, especially to all those who have given their lives for their Christian belief. We must not fail in our duty to God.

When are we going to say, “We will not support your false teachings! We will not abide by any legislation that requires us to ignore God’s word. It is not about what you try to pedal as ‘fair’ or even a ‘right’. It is about legislating sinful behavior. Our government is not the source of truth. Nor is the ACLU or the GLBT crowd; or any other group, or individual, that tells us to ignore God’s word!”

We need to say, “I do not have to, nor will I, ignore God’s word. Christians have constitutional rights as well.” Then we will see if the Supreme court will grow a back-bone—and defend our rights under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

When Christ ascended into heaven, He left His church (of approximately 250 or so, believers) in the hands of twelve men. They stood their ground, …against the Pharisees (and, their established church), many false religions, and even against Rome. Of the twelve disciples, all were martyred but one—John; who was beaten many times and spent many years in almost complete isolation on the small, barren and rocky island of Patmos. Yet, look at all that has been accomplished! Yes, there are now a great many Christians. But strong forces are being arrayed against us. We have inherited a great responsibility. The Great Commission2 is now in our hands—and God is watching.

Father, Abba,

I know that no man (or woman) is going to heal this nation. Only you can do that. And, for the life of me, I’m not sure why you would want to—given that so many are working so hard to “throw you out”. But, I also know you work in mysterious ways; so I will vote for the people I deem most likely to do the least damage; and, hopefully, you will be able to do something positive through those who are willing to place themselves under your will.

Lord, I know that you have ultimate control of all events on this planet. My world view, on the macro scale, is very positive—because I have read and believe your word—including Revelation. So bring it on, Lord. I know that no matter how hard things get, you will always be at my side, and ultimately I will be in your presence, …forever. I am looking forward to that!

I love you Lord. Please continue to show me your ways, guide me in your truth, and teach me. I will give you all the praise and glory.

In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

  Avery Goodday

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1    NLT: Scripture quotations marked [NLT] are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007.   Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinoise 60188. All rights reserved.

2    The Great Commission:  18 Jesus  came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.  19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach each of  theses  new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with your always, even to the end of the age.”   [Matthew 28:18-20, NLT.]  This occurred after Jesus’ resurrection. And, over time it  has become known as: The Great Commission.

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