I Refuse

Contemporary Christian musician Josh Wilson, challenges me with his song, “I Refuse.”
    
 
        Sometimes I
        I just want to close my eyes
        and act like everyone’s alright
        when I know they’re not
 
        This world needs God
        but it’s easier to stand and watch
        I could say a prayer and just move on
        like nothing’s wrong
 
        But I refuse
        Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care
        I don’t want to say another empty prayer
        Oh, I refuse
 
        To sit around and wait for someone else
        To do what God has called me to do
        Myself
        Oh, I could choose
        Not to move but I refuse
 
 
By being a son, father and grandfather I know I am called by God to be a real man. Not to surrender to popular culture that is trying to take our children and grandchildren down a road of devolution. A track where people are influenced to push truth away, refuse to acknowledge God and live a life of reckless abandon devising their own “standards.” They treat people as sexual objects and their constant desire for pleasure is at the expense of their families and loved ones. Self gratification is their primary goal. All the time saying, “I am hurting no one ” but in reality destroying young lives all around them.
 
God challenges me as a man to be proactive. To push back against the wave of decadence. It makes a difference if I have a pure heart, sharp mind, life of integrity, am constantly compassionate and faithful to my wife. A man who walks daily with the God who created him, saved him, nurtures him and prepares an eternal home for him. A man who shares this fulfilling life and message with those around him.
 
I have always held these words close to my heart:
 
    “For God is so wise and so mighty, who has ever challenged him successfully?” Job 9:4
 
    “For the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” Isaiah 26:4
 
    “…be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” Ephesians 6:10
 
I REFUSE to be sucked into the abyss of arrogance and delusional thought that believes mankind reigns supreme and therefore sets the course and calls the shots.
 
    “But God made the earth by his power and he preserves it by his wisdom. He has stretched out the heaven by his understanding.” Jeremiah 10:12
 
“It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself.” John Piper

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