There’s No Room In the “In”

No, that title isn’t a spelling error… :  )

I thought of several titles for this post…AttitudeWeighed in the BalanceThere’s No Room in the Inn

You will see after reading my post why I chose the one I did and why I spelled it the way I did…

Attitude

My attitude lately has been horrible!!!  I find myself not only weeping for the evil that is coming upon us which is a good thing, but getting militantly angry at the injustices daily reported in the deceptive media and totally impatient with the apathy of believers. Hence, my first choice of a title.  But please bear with me, because I do resolve this conflict, or should I say Christ resolves this conflict in me. : )

We have been trying to find a place for this wonderful wholesome Christian family band to play while they travel through our town on their way to their home in Canada. They performed on our outdoor stage some years ago…but it is winter now, and way too cold for an outdoor concert.

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The Josties

Several of us have been inquiring at different churches and venues in the area to find a place where they can give a concert, and we continually come up with either a “no” or no one getting back with us, or they have to have a meeting with the church board, etc…etc.  And my attitude has been very bad about this, until I thought about Mary and Joseph and “no room in the inn“. Luke 2:7

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I was blessed with this thought…surely we can suffer these things in our lives when Mary and Joseph suffered so much…surely…While the people partied inside the inn, warmed themselves by the fire and  looked forward to a nice cozy bed, Joseph pleaded for a place for Mary to have her child and was rejected time and time again.

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On the other hand, our small town is buzzing about the event coming in September…Mumford and Sons.  Two day tickets for all ages are $109. Within 3 hours of the tickets going on sale yesterday, 20,000 had been sold.

About Mumford and Sons and their beliefs, I found this quote from theguardian :

Given that the front man’s parents are prominent Christians (Jon and Ele Mumford founded the UK wing of the evangelical “church planting” organisation Vineyard Church), and also that the band’s lyrics feature ample spiritual deliberation, it’s no great surprise that Mumford & Son are sometimes considered a Christian band. Marshall and Dwane tell me they were approached by a fan, not so long ago, who wanted to know if this was how they defined themselves. “We said we’re not all Christian, so we can’t be a Christian band,” Marshall says. “We’re not all religious,” Dwane says. “In fact none of us are, really. We, er, we have a full spectrum of beliefs.” Marshall, I sense, is at the skeptical end of this spectrum. He appends another story about a different encounter, six months ago, when he was asked by a fan if they could pray together. Marshall recalls his awkward refusal: “Erm. Sorry dude.”

I know there is some controversy  on whether or not they are a Christian band…Some contemporary Christians will justify the lyrics, if they simply use the name Jesus and call the “old school” Christians legalistic, because they point out the use of profane language in the songs. But honestly, these guys admittedly are not out to witness for Christ and believers should not be fooled…

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This morning I was thinking about how popular evil is…it is the “in” thing!  On the scale it far outweighs good. People rush to get expensive tickets to see Mumford and Sons and there is very little excitement for what is good and wholesome and Christ honoring…

“TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.”  ~ Daniel 5:27

We do not want to be weighed in the balance and found wanting…

When our lives are not in balance with the things God has given us in His Word, then our lives, too, are out of balance. If God’s righteousness was on one side of the scale and our righteousness in Christ was on the other side, would the scale balance, or would our self-righteousness out weigh God’s righteousness in our lives? If we weighed our knowledge of His glorious Word against our knowledge of worldly things would the scales balance, or would our worldly knowledge outweigh our knowledge of God? If our willingness to serve God was weighed against our desire to serve self, would the scales balance, or would our desire to serve self tip the balance in favor of self instead of God. If our bank account was weighed against the treasures we have laid up in heaven, which way would the scales be tipped?  George Kilpatrick  ~  New Foundations Ministry

There’s no room in the “in” for a Christian…

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We are called to be holy~  ἅγιος  hagios: sacred, holy, set apart

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” ~ 1 Peter 1:16

Forget the “in” crowd, dear follower of Christ …there is no room in the “in” crowd for a Christian, in fact, you should be running in the opposite direction.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”  Matthew 1:13-14

My attitude has changed today. I am honored to be in the “out” crowd. So what if we can’t find room at the “in”!  Let them have their parties, their drinks, their beds, their sinful ways, their broad ways.

What happened to Joseph and Mary?  They finally found a cave…a meager shelter and Mary gave birth to the King of Kings…

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And who came to worship and bow down before Him? The lowly shepherds in the fields who were watching over their flocks. Halleluyah!

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

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