Exodus 32 (March 23)

                                                                 An Important Question

             “Who is on the Lord’s side?”

            The following is a story I heard from Eugene Hanchuk, my former pastor many years ago:

            There was a clandestine (secret) meeting of believers in the former Soviet Union which was raided by the communist secret police.

            The group of soldiers interrupted the sweet communion of the Christians, as they entered abruptly into the room.  Armed with semi-automatic weapons they asked with a very menacing tone:

            “Who is willing to die for Christ today?”

            Almost half of the believers stood up, and they were taken to another room, probably to be executed.  The rest of the “Christians” left the building in a hurry, after being released with one condition:  Never attend a Christian meeting again.

            “Now we can worship the Lord freely” Said one of the soldiers.  “We are true believers, but we needed to get rid of those false prophets first.”

            Moses asked:  “Who is on the Lord’s side?”

            Jesus asks who wants to reject idolatry, doubt and disobedience.

            “…on the Lord’s side.”  This means to take a step forward; to identify ourselves with Jesus; and to forsake the world.  If the world does not approve of us, well fine!  It is time for the church to rise up again.  It is time to go back to the Lord.  It is time to answer  HERE I AM when he asks:

            “Who is on my side?”

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