1st John 2: 14 “I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.”
This post is not only inspired by the Breath of God, but also by a young man in Uganda. I have never seen him in the flesh however, we are good friends through Facebook Messenger. I can’t speak for others regarding Facebook, but I can speak for myself. It has been and remains to be a powerful venue for spreading The Gospel, and I love it. This young man is about 18 years old or so and has a fire in his heart to reach out to the youth in his country.
These are the growing concerns he has. Keep in mind he lives in what is called a Third World Country. However, in countries like ours, the good old U.S. of A., sin is just as bad, just more subtle. So I asked him, what are some of the issues you are dealing with? This is what he said:
“Well, there is the use of drugs like marijuana, alcoholism, joining bad peers, family neglect, poverty, unemployment, school dropouts, forced marriages, girls are raped, defilements, unwanted pregnancies, and this has forced many young girls to choose abortion, persecution by family members after a disagreement over religious ideologies, many youths have turned in to which craft as a way of making quick money yet this is accompanied by HUMAN SACRIFICE, the high rate of the spread of HIV from one youth to another, position due to unemployment. There are so many problems facing youths here but this is only to mention a few.” From Brian Victor K.
Molech; Moloch, the god of the Ammonites. This idol was made of bronze or some other metal. They would set a fire inside of it until the hands were red hot. These people would place there firstborn in the hands of this thing and watch as the children were burnt to ashes. They would pound on drums as an act of worship loud enough to drown out the sound of kids screaming as they cooked on this altar. The Israelites also followed after these foreign gods and practiced the same manner.
Obviously, this young man has a calling upon his life from God. Now when I say calling, I’m in no way talking about a phone call from a church in need of a Pastor. I’m talking about the Spirit of God speaking directly to his human spirit and telling him to do something the world around you. This is what The LORD wants me to tell him and any other person, young or old by way of encouragement.
1st Tim. 4: 12 “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 DO NOT NEGLECT THE GIFT THAT IS IN YOU, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”
My friend, it matters not whether any human has laid hands on you. The LORD our God has laid hold upon you. With that said, the question is…what do you do about it? How do I help my friends and loved ones? I can’t tell you what to say or do because I’m not there. However, I can point you in the right direction. Jesus said these words in the Gospel of John:
John 3:17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Since there is no condemnation for us, it stands to reason that we are in no position to condemn anyone. Sitting there with those big old logs in our eyes. How can we possibly get a splinter out of another’s.
In witnessing or preaching to the saved or unsaved, do not tell them they are going to hell because of the sins they are committing. It’s not their behavior that condemns them, it’s not believing in the One whom God has sent as the only human sacrifice. The Blood of the Lamb of God will deal with the sin issue. If you approach them concerning their deeds, it will be perceived as condemnation. In verse 17 He said: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world”. I don’t care if you see someone you love deeply practicing witchcraft, it does them no good to tell them that sorcery is an abomination to God. Why, because God has already made it plain to them:
Romans 1:18 “18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”