If Not Now, Then When?
- Matthew 26:35 “Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.”
- vs. 56 “But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.”
No one wants to view himself as Peter and the others who fled. And yet, most of us are indeed like fleeing Peter and Jesus’ scared disciples. We make empty promises to stand that we rarely if ever fulfill. When push comes to shove, we run.
When first the disabled (1939) and then the Jews (1941) were rounded up and killed in Nazi Germany, it was too late to stand. The persecution of the disabled (1920’s) and the Jews (1930’s) had already been happening for nearly two decades with Germany’s ‘Vernichtung lebensunwerten Lebens’ (destruction of life not worthy of life) movement. Many did not stand because the issues did not seem that important. When they did, it was too late.
As this world races toward oblivion, I wonder when will you stand, dear reader? From most believers, I hear, “This issue is not important, but when the times comes, I’ll stand.” Churches are locked down at a whim. Masks are refused or made mandatory with hasty back and forth whiplash decrees. Conversion therapy is outlawed in some places while conversions themselves are outlawed in many other countries. Truth and facts are suppressed or outright removed.
So, when, dear reader, will you stand? I’m concerned that for most, you do not yet realize how similar to Peter and Jesus’ fleeing disciples you really are. Will you stand in the gap (Eze. 22:30)? Will you stand before it is too late?