When faith costs something

Quote of the day:

“I don’t really want to, but I will comply with the law,” deputy clerk Melissa Thompson said in court Thursday, weeping while she stood before the packed courtroom. “I’m a preacher’s daughter and this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.

“I don’t hate anybody,” she added. “None of us do.”

A typical response from your average Evangelical Christian in America. In other words, deputy clerk Melissa Thompson has no convictions to speak of. As long as her “faith” does not cost her anything, she is more than willing to identify as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. And if her convictions might possibly—Gads!—land her in the big house, well, that’s obviously not what she signed up for when she wrote her signature below the “sinner’s prayer” card at the “revival” where she got “saved.”

And here begins the shaking of the church. On the one hand, we have Kim Davis, a woman of faith and conviction whose beliefs have landed her in jail. On the other hand, we have cowardly, spineless, Melissa Thompson whose faith is only as strong as the paper it’s written on.

I wonder what kind of faith I have? What would I do if I worked in Kim Davis’ office? Would I join my boss in jail, or quickly sign the marriage licenses for the sodomites coming in for one?

Friends, what do you think you would do?

Here is well known portion of Scripture that gives us some needed guidance in helping us make our decison. Perhaps Melissa Thompson’s pastor father should have read this to her when she was growing up:

“And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.

They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.” Hebrews 11:32-38

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