The Christian Dilemma

The late Ed De Boer pulled no punches when discussing any topic, and that was certainly true of the church. Although Ed had a strong faith, read his Bible daily and communed with the Lord in prayer, he was not a churchgoer in recent years. “Where’s the fruit?” he would demand. If I mentioned examples of the church doing God’s work, it wouldn’t convince him. He held his ground in his belief that the church is not doing its job and bears much of the blame for America’s downhill slide. The following commentary, aired on Ed’s “Return to Eden” radio broadcast of June 6, 2009, is vintage Ed. ~ Walter Stormont

- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - -

This is like treading on holy ground. A lot of Christians will take issue with this subject matter. All I want them to do is look at where we are as a nation and where we are heading.

We were told to be the salt of the Earth, and “ye are the light of the world.” Well, the salt is flat and the light is out. That is purely my assessment.

In 1988 there was a large reader board in Caldwell, Idaho which stated, “The Romans used to feed their lions with Christians. If practiced today, the poor lions would starve.” That was 21 years ago. Have things improved in the meantime? I should say not.

Oh yeah… we have Bible studies and play church on Sunday. Other than that we may resist evil here and there — we sure preach against it — and we feel pretty comfortable doing the Lord’s work. The other side says the same thing while this nation slowly but surely is sinking into a sea of red ink and corruption. Everybody has the best of intentions. Come to think of it, isn’t that the pavement on the road to hell?

Not being a churchgoer, and being criticized for it instead being asked, “Why not?”, let me take this occasion to inform you: if there is still a church where the salt is not flat and the light is not hid, I would like to know. I am constantly reminded by the words of the Good Book, “Many shall come to Me in that day saying ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name, and in Thy name cast out devils, and in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ We all should know the answer, and if you don’t, someday you will. A compromise is what nobody wants but everybody gets… until the next compromise. Until we reach the end of the line, it is not “fish or cut bait,” it is fishing for men, not money, “for no man can serve two masters.”

~ Ed De Boer

Leave a Reply