‘Tremble with awe and do not sin; upon your beds, ponder in silence.’ NAB (Ps. 4:4)
A good friend recently expressed a deep remorse over the growing worldliness in the Church. She had been pondering many things: the family member who just claimed to be ‘gay’, the good Christian friends whose favorite TV shows feature ‘gay’ lovers and their escapades, and the relative who rejoiced over the two women (both with traditional families) who met each other at a church retreat and discerned they were to be lovers!
She concluded how difficult it is to be true to the Gospel in light of the idolatry infiltrating the Church. She reflected well the challenge we face today to stand for what God loves amid popular opinion to the contrary.
So we pray; we quiet our hearts. We ponder the deception of even the ‘churched’ and we ask for truth-in-love from its Author. Might we speak His word in season? Only the still heart can hear and speak the Word that gives life.
‘Each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to one another, for we are all members of one body.’ (Eph. 4:25)
‘If you utter worthy, not worthless words, you will be spokesman.’ (Jer. 15:19)
‘Father, as we ponder the idolatry of even Your house, we ask that we might quiet our hearts before You. Transform our anger into awe of You, and urgent love for others. Refine and train our tongue to speak Your Word. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we confess our sins of cowardice and compromise. We have violated Your holy commands in regards to what we have done to our bodies and other bodies. And in our compromise we have become cowards, unwilling to stand for what we know to be true for the dignity of all. We ask that You might have mercy on Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington; uphold marriage in these states, and in our nation, as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on ‘gay marriage.’