This morning I find myself feeling frustrated. Have you ever felt that way? Some days it seems like absolutely nothing can go right. But today, for some reason, I feel especially frustrated. I actually woke UP feeling frustrated. And what's really frustrating is . . . I'm not sure why. Frustrating!!
It's easy to get frustrated in today's world. Just turn on the news. The economy, although it seems like we are making a comeback of sorts, is still shaky. Our government is still printing money it has nothing to back it up with. The U.S. dollar is losing respect around the world. More and more countries are switching to the petrocurrency, rather than relying on the U.S. dollar as their common standard.
Muslim extremists frustrate me too. They are VERY frustrating. There is nothing like blowing up random people to show the stupidity of their actions . . . and, if I may say, their "faith." I listened to a recent sermon by Pastor John MacArthur the other day and he laid out who he felt the Antichrist was. Guess who. It's Muhammad. You can listen to his message here. It's excellent.
Another thing that gets me frustrated is television. I've written about that before. Nothing gets me frustrated like wasting time. To me anyway, television's whole purpose seems to be occupying our time - as much of it as they can get. TV networks will do anything, stretch any envelope possible to get more people to waste their time watching their shows over someone other network. Frustrating.
Political correctness? Don't get me started.
But the one thing that frustrates me the most are churches that don't preach the gospel. Whether it is during "normal" worship services or during Wednesday night youth groups. It is frustrating to me that people are walking out of the doors of their church without the complete truth.
I've written about Joel Osteen before. That guy has the biggest "church" in the country and he is probably responsible for send more "Christians" to hell than anyone. He preaches an incomplete Gospel. He refuses to talk about sin and repentance. He can't even find the words to agree with Jesus when our God said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one come to the Father except through me." Listen to this interview with Larry King.
False Teacher Joel Osteen on Larry King
The caller has more knowledge of the Gospel than Mr. Osteen, yet he is the one leading America's largest church. Frustrating!
I see so many people walking around saying the same things these false teachers are saying - that all roads lead to heaven, that there is no hell. They will find out soon enough I guess. But what can be done in the meantime? Like I ask the youth in our church - "What are you going to do about it?" This is what I would recommend.
- Pray. Take all the frustrations and place them at the foot of the cross.
- Read. Spend time reading the Bible. The best defense is a good offense. Increase your knowledge about what God says so that when someone else tells you differently you can discern truth from lies.
- Pray. Pray for opportunities to speak to others about Jesus. Pray for boldness to jump into conversations when you hear something "not quite right." Our silence can easily be construed as agreement.
- Speak. Get the words out about the lies that are being taught by some of these wolves in sheep's clothing.
- Pray. Pray that these false teachers would repent and follow Jesus. That they would then lead the flocks they shepherd to the promised land, just like Moses led God's people, Israel.
The following is a video by one of my favorite bands. They too are rather frustrated and "sick of it." Their solution is the same one I offered in - to "raise your hands" to the only one who has the answer. Watch what happens in the video when people get frustrated to the point where they search to help. They "raise those hands" and turn to God.
Sick Of It - Skillet