Behind the scenes, there is a strategic attempt to disown the founding fathers of America. This progressive movement is seeking to disown any leader who was influenced by religious or spiritual principles. At some point in time dealing with that which is offensive has become more important than doing the right thing. Subsequently, college professors, educational curriculum and mainstream media pundits are disowning that which made America the greatest country in the world.
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven,” Matthew 10:32.
During my five years as a student at the University of Delaware, I was fortunate to meet several foreign exchange students. Many came to America hoping to make something out of their lives, perhaps doing better than their own parents. I got to know most of these individuals through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship which met every Friday night on campus. Once I grew out of the party scene, I began to hunger for something more in life. Thus, Bible studies, campus events and prayer groups allowed me to dig deeper, drawer closer to God while developing godly friendships.
“But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven,” Matthew 10:33.
One girl that I met was from South East Asia. Before Spring Break, she wrote her parents, informing them that she had recently made a decision to follow Jesus Christ. Excited to share this news, it took almost a month to receive a return letter. However, when she opened it, the response was shocking, disowned by her own family with no place to go home to after the Spring semester ended. While friends reached out to console her, most of us didn’t know what to say. Unable to comprehend why Buddhists responded in this way, I guess her parents felt betrayed by leaving the only faith they knew. After some time of contemplation, a few days before final exams began this girl stepped into the path of an oncoming train, committing suicide.
“Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me,” Matthew 10:38.
While this was a tragic event, there is another which has eternal consequences. Before sending his disciples out on a trial run, Jesus is blunt, clearing communicating his expectations. There is no half-way for a follower of Jesus, you’re either all in or you’re not with God. These high standards explain why so many turned away. Today, there is public pressure to deny the Bible, it’s principles and teaching. Those who do so are applauded and praised by the media. However, this disowning fulfills Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:5. Those who don’t deny Jesus face daily judgment, persecution and ridicule. In the end, do you want to receive praise from mankind while being disowned by God? Or do you endure hardship for the meantime, live as an outcast, yet receive recognition in heaven? This is the dilemma of the disowning, where two worlds collide.
by Jay Mankus