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“Broken Hearts Not Broken Glass!” Proverbs 19:1 Key verse(s) 1:“Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.”


It’s time to rise up and take a christian stand! Christians are being persecuted worldwide. There is no doubt of this even in the minds of the non-Christian anymore. Physical persecution at the hands of those who wish to see Christianity wiped out completely has become very apparent, especially in places like the Middle East and Africa where radical, muslim fundamentalism is so strong. As Christ predicted, the saints would be persecuted and many would be put to death. The world has for so long been focused on the Jewish holocaust that it has often failed to realize that in the last century to this day, many more Christians have been “put to the sword” than Jews. It has often forgotten that, although Hitler killed millions of Jews, he killed many millions more when it came to Christians. Add to this the incredible number of Christian pre-born that have been sacrificed at the altar of secularism, and the numbers are staggering. Many Christians have had enough and reactive violence is beginning to erupt around the world. An abortion clinic blown up in Georgia, a mosque burned in the Sudan and a homosexual murdered in Wyoming. Many see these events as a sign of what is to come, a Christian backlash against the forces of evil in this world.


Radical Christian activism is taking root, especially in the United States. Even many who don’t espouse such violence are looking the other way, secretly satisfied that those who have deserved it, have finally gotten their due. Christians are angry and it is no small wonder why. The Ten Commandments, the very root of natural law and the basis upon which our country was founded and our rights promulgated, are under attack. The courts are assailing the symbols of Christianity in nearly every state and groups like the ACLU and the Freedom from Religion Foundation are pushing to wipe out any vestige of Christianity in America. Many Christians are scared and rightfully so. What is to become of our nation should it shed the cloak of righteousness that had once rested on its broad shoulders? Were we not once the hope for all mankind? When Europe had rejected the faith and Asia and Africa beckoned to it for the Word, who stepped into the breach? Christian missionaries from the United States poured in. It seemed that God had ordained that we would be place where His Word would flourish and reach out to the rest of the world. But now, are we to go the way of Europe too? For some American Christians, resolved in anger that this will not happen on their watch, tears of sorrow have turned into fists of rage.


Will Rogers was known for his laughter, but he also knew how to weep. One day he was entertaining at the Milton H. Berry Institute in Los Angeles, a hospital that specialized in rehabilitating polio victims and people with broken backs and other extreme physical handicaps. Of course, Rogers had everybody laughing, even patients in really bad condition; but then he suddenly left the platform and went to the rest room. Milton Berry followed him to give him a towel; and when he opened the door, he saw Will Rogers leaning against the wall, sobbing like a child. He closed the door, and in a few minutes, Rogers appeared back on the platform, as jovial as before.


If you want to learn what a person is really like, ask three questions: What makes him laugh? What makes him angry? What makes him weep? These are fairly good tests of character that are especially appropriate for Christian leaders. I hear people saying, “We need angry leaders today!” or “The time has come to practice militant Christianity!” Perhaps, but “the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). What we need today is not anger but anguish, the kind of anguish that Moses displayed when he broke the two tablets of the law and then climbed the mountain to intercede for his people, or that Jesus displayed when He cleansed the temple and then wept over the city. The difference between anger and anguish is a broken heart. It’s easy to get angry, especially at somebody else’s sins; but it’s not easy to look at sin, our own included, and weep over it. (Warren W. Wiersbe, The Integrity Crisis, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991, pp. 75-76.)


These “angry” times call for repentance and sorrowful reflection over what has become of our nation and, frankly, ourselves. When we see the sin that has caused such grief, such terrible persecution, and feel only anger against others, there is something wrong with us when we don’t first recognize that the same sinfulness that causes such sorrow also resides within our hearts as well. Speaking out against injustice and sinfulness is part of what every Christian ought to do; but our words ought to reflect a broken heart, not broken glass. Our walk must be blameless.

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