When we think of the word "witness", scenes of a courtroom come to mind, with attorneys questioning people on the stand, and a judge presiding over it. Every word is written down, every answer and comment carefully weighed by the judge (and jury if there), and how one conducts themselves on the stand is taken into consideration as well. All in all, the person being questioned is measured in several different ways to see if what they are saying is truthful or not, and many times, a witness id "destroyed' on the stand when their story does not "jive" with the facts at hand.
In ancient times, one's "witness" was very important; in matters regarding the law, a man could not be convicted unless two or three witnesses' testimonies agreed: "At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death." (Deuteronomy 17:6) One's witness against another was of such importance, it shows in the Ten Commandments: "Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour." (Deuteronomy 5:20, emphasis mine) Lying could cost an innocent person their life! And like in modern courtrooms, every word was carefully pondered and weighed. (Yes, Jesus was sent to his death by a Sanhedrin that broke 18 or so Jewish laws, and two witnesses that conjured up a story against him.)
Just as in a courtroom then or now, our witness as Christians in this life is under constant scrutiny by those that see and hear everything that we say and do. People come to these forums from other places, and many are not Christians. Many are searching for answers to questions they have. many are seekers or curious. And others, having heard the gospel, are looking for a place to find out more, and perhaps some folks who have travelled the path that they themselves are now about to undertake. And what they see is our posts glaring back at them, for ALL THE WORLD to read....
Every time we post insulting remarks about leaders in office, every time we post about the newest "conspiracy" that WND or any of a dozen of quasi-news agencies slaps together in the boiler rooms that purport to be news offices, ant time we fall prey to fear, uncertainty and doom and post about "holing up" somewhere and stocking enough supplies for the next century (NO, I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT ANYONE HAVING A FULL PANTRY OR FREEZER IN THE BASEMENT), or about the latest guess or suggestion of the AC, our witness goes right out the window. The selfsame people who come here looking for the truth see these posts, and regard us as nothing more than conspiracy-mongers that preach love and forgiveness on one hand, but on the other, call for violence, refuse to pray for our leaders and downright disrespect the offices they hold, and show NONE of the "Christian Love" that we are SUPPOSED to be showing to the world!!!!
If YOU were one of those unsaved coming here and you saw some of what is posted, would YOU want to accept Christ?
A question to ask yourself while we are at it: If Christ HIMSELF were to read what we post here, would we be proud of it, or would we hang our heads in SHAME?
Unfortunately, he already DOES read what is posted here...
Every action and word that we say or write is likewise judged by not only those here on earth that encounter us, but by the Lord himself: "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." (Matthew 12:36) For believers, our time will be before Christ at the Bema seat: "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." (2 Corinthians 5:10)
Is OUR "witness" something we can be proud of at the Bema Seat?
If we purport to have the Love of the Lord in us, and that we are saved by his grace, then we need to be demonstrating the fruit of the spirit. We are NOT saved by these works, but God has given them to us so that we may share them with the rest of the world as evidence of our salvation. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:8-10)
In these closing hours before the Lord comes to take his children home to him, we cannot afford for ONE MOMENT to not use EVERY opportunity given us to spread his word. Every moment, 120 souls slip into eternity; DARE we not to use every bit of that time to be proclaiming his Gospel and precious message of salvation to every creature, as we are commanded in scripture? Yet, not only do our posts contradict what we claim to believe, but our very tone on this board has become cold and callous. Jesus tells us that:" And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." (Matthew 24:12), and scriptures command us: "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. "(Romans 12:2)
We have precious little time left; the Lord is closer than many think. This world has gone insane with the recent events happening around us. We need not go insane with it.