You know you’ve “made it” as a writer or “person of interest” when one of your posts gets reported and removed from Facebook!
Did I upload a naked photo with everything on display? NO!
Did I share a breast-feeding image – which seems to get deleted a lot? NO!
Was I inciting racial hatred? NO!
Was I inciting any kind of terrorism or aggression? NO!
Was I being a bully and consistently targetting anyone with abusive language? NO!
So what did I do, for crying out loud?!?
I shared my opinion based, on my personal experience, after reading an article in the paper one Sunday morning in July.
And yes – that opinion was very un-politically correct, and went against the grain of society, because it was very BIBLICALLY-based and went with the created order of God’s design for life and humanity.
The article was about the increase of women who are having a sex-change (on the NHS) to “become” a man (on the outside only), but then they still want to have IVF treatment in order to become a mum (still a woman internally) – for free on the NHS. My opinion is that this is unfair, given the number of women who don’t choose to have a sex-change, but live in the wrong postcode area and are denied the chance of motherhood.
It just goes to show how warped and twisted this world is becoming! Every year I think, “Lord seriously, how much worse can things get?” and then along comes the next thing which a couple of years ago wouldn’t have seemed possible!
It seems that the further away our society falls away from God, the more what is natural is condemned and what is unnatural is applauded.
Or as Isaiah puts it,
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter…for they have rejected the law of the Lord of Hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 5:20-24
To stand on the word of God, now means to swim against the tide of opinion. This is why in my post a couple of days ago, I describe the Bride of Christ as being a Warrior Bride, because there needs to be a determined strength about who we are and what we are about. We need to be confident in what we believe, and in order to achieve this, we need to know the voice of our Shepherd.
Having a post deleted is a small matter, in the grand scheme of things. But as Believers, at the end of the day, having our words and actions tested in the fire will truly demonstrate what will be deleted by God permanently, when it is tested in the fire.
Some will use gold, silver or precious stones in building on this foundation; while others will use wood, grass or straw. But each one’s work will be shown for what it is; the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire — the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. If the work someone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward; if it is burned up, he will have to bear the loss: he will still escape with his life, but it will be like escaping through a fire. 1 Corinthians 3: 12-15
While it was annoying, I would rather seek the approval of God, than the approval of man. and besides, I can always re-write the post and add it back onto FaceBook. If my work is destroyed by God, there will be no second chance to re-write it!
As the Warrior Bride of Jesus, we are engaged in the fight – whether we want to be or not. OK – it might make life a bit uncomfortable at times, but we are on the winning side!! Walk tall in the confidence of someone who knows they have already won – you know, a bit like a strut more than a walk….a bit cocky and self-assured! With purpose! Don’t be intimidated, but find the strength we have received through the blood of the Lamb, and let your word and actions marry up with the knowledge that YOU are an overcomer in Christ Jesus!!
Don’t slouch along as someone who is beaten and intimidated by the enemy – be aware, for although he “stalks about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8), his bite is nowhere near as bad as his roar – he is all gums and no power! No power, because Jesus has already defeated Him!
THAT’s the assurance we have as the warrior bride! Boom!!