A couple of weeks ago my husband had his first ejection of the young baseball season. He received his letter from the newly appointed League President who informed my husband that he would not be putting up with this kind of behavior and gave my husband quite the hefty fine. Included in the letter were these words, “In this day and time.” In other words, a manager or coach getting “tossed” will not be acceptable because we live in a different kind of society these days. Now I tell you what, this kind of thinking by a man brings one word to the forefront of my mind and that word is, “wimp.” It also brings to mind he is a clueless that there are times a manager needs to protect his players, but oh well, you deal with a lot of that “in this day and time.” We have become a nation of wimps in every aspect of life it seems. I think back to the men I have had in my life and how strong they were, how they were allowed to and not ashamed to be MEN. Then I think back to when I was a little girl and the Women’s Movement was really surging, you know, burning of bras and all that stuff. I remember hearing women say, “We have got to start raising our boys to have feelings and to be able to cry.” I’m not sure why those words stood out to me as I was only six or seven years old, but ladies I do believe you got your wish. It only took a generation, but your wimps have arrived. I could go on and on about this, but that will be for another day.
The letter my husband received and those skin crawling words that were printed on it, got me to thinking about all aspects in our society today, and that includes Christianity and The Church in America. Wimps, yes Christian wimps are what we have become. “In this day and time” is being preached from the pulpits, it’s being ingrained in the Christian mind that “I’m okay, you’re okay because anything goes as long as there is love.” Pastors are afraid or refuse to preach that there is a hell, there are bad consequences to sin, there is going to be a Tribulation and guess what, Revelation is a Book in the Bible so it needs to be taught. “Oh, but it is so scary and people don’t understand it.” Yes, those words from an actual preacher. No sir, you don’t understand that it should not be scary, especially to a pastor, and it is a message of hope for us all, especially for those who believe. Even our church music has become wimpy. Yes, I do like many of the new songs we sing today because they are beautiful, but think about it. I remember my grandmother playing the piano or organ at the front of our little country church. When she played ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ or ‘Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus’, man, my NanNan played those hymns like nobody else and we all sung those hymns with the feeling that you were going to stand up to whatever the devil was going to throw at you. Now most of the words in our church songs are “good” “great” everything is peachy keen. Yeah, beautiful but kind of wimpy.
What really saddens me is what “in this day and time” is doing to God’s Word. Churches are trying all sorts of gimmicks now to get people into their buildings and that includes getting away from God’s Word, The Good Book, The Bible. Wimps have decided to change the wording to fit their needs, skip certain scripture because “in this day and time” that scripture may hurt someone’s feelings or scare them. God never changes, His Word never changes. When we wimp out and don’t tell His Truth, something else will replace it. We have seen this throughout history. It happened in North Africa where Christian churches used to flourish and we see the consequences of it in Europe. Today we also see it happening in our own country. Something evil comes in to fill the void left by wimping out on God. That is why “in this day and time” we see so much hatred, unimaginable crimes against each other, confusion about who God made us to be, and people wondering where is all that love for one another. It is certainly not a godly love because we’ve decided to leave Him out of the picture. When we decide God’s thinking doesn’t fit in with “this day and time” and you get into a fix, don’t be wondering where His protection is.
“In this day and time” we have clueless Christians, wimpy Christians, and empty churches because Christians have made the decision not to be strong, and are ashamed to be what God commands us to be. When one day we stand before our God and receive our judgement, because we all will, what will the wimpy excuse to Him be? “Oh God, You know, I didn’t want to judge, I didn’t want to hurt feelings, I wanted to feel good about myself and others to feel good about themselves because in that day and time things were different.” Wow, imagine that hefty fine.
- Stand up, stand up for Jesus! ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss:
From vict’ry unto vict’ry, His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.
- Stand up, stand up for Jesus! The trumpet call obey:
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day;
Ye that are men now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.
- Stand up, stand up for Jesus! Stand in His strength alone,
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own;
Put on the gospel armor, and watching unto prayer,
Where calls the voice of duty, be never wanting there.
- Stand up, stand up for Jesus! the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song;
To him that overcometh a crown of life shall be;
He with the King of glory shall reign eternally.
‘Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus’ —George Duffield, Jr 1858