Imagine there is a group of terrorist living in the country. They blend in so well that they are unrecognizable by their appearance.
This group really has no working moral compass, their consciences have been so seared that the reality of right and wrong no longer is a concept that even crosses their mind. They are narcissistic, and believe that the world revolves around them. They have no integrity when it comes to money. They have no integrity when it comes to morality, they will do whatever feels good in the moment to satisfy their selfish desires. They can rationalize and justify anything, even murder.
They support the killing of innocent civilians, because these civilians are an inconvenience to them. They have killed over 60 million innocent civilians in their country in a 40 plus year war. They stay busy and distracted by other injustices in the world to keep their focus off this injustice.
Even though their selfish ways slowly and absolutely ruin their lives and hurt those around them, they still insist on doing things their way. They are indifferent towards a better path to take. They are on the broad path to destruction. This broad path to destruction that leads to and supports death is a mega freeway, and most are on it.
There are off ramps from this mega freeway that lead to a narrow road that is difficult to follow. Different strategies are taken to get those off the wide road and over to the narrow one.
The most common one is to set up local rest stops along the freeway in the hope drivers will pull over for a break and have a listen to those who speak at the rest stops. Unfortunately, there is a conflict because most of these rest stop are expensive to operate and need a lot of travelers to stop by. Therefore, those who speak really try to make those stopping by comfortable, in the hope that they will keep stopping by. The rest stop workers have dreams of building a bigger rest stop to attract more travelers so they do things that entertain travelers to get them to stop by.
The rest stop workers don’t want to scare the travelers so they never warn them about where the mega freeway leads. The workers also don’t want to offend the terrorists, so they treat the terrorists as victims, and let them continue in their narcissism. Keep in mind, while money is being given to the rest stops, the true victims – the ones who are killed – are entirely ignored.
The rest stop workers avoid sharing how difficult the narrow path is because they don’t want to discourage anyone. The narrow path is so narrow you can’t bring your baggage with you – the rest stop workers never mention that. Many travelers never get on the narrow path because they won’t leave their infested baggage behind.. no one that works at the rest stop ever tells them they have to!
In this parable, (as you may have guessed), the terrorist are those who hurt others for gain – including murdering the unborn.
Unfortunately, the rest stops are how many churches in America are currently run.
The baggage is sin, and leaving it behind is repentance.
Does your rest stop talk about sin and repentance or is it just a professional lecture each week on topics that keep people comfortable? Most churches ignore and careless about the injustice of the unborn being slaughtered and are too cowardly to openly stand against the murder of the unborn. (Maybe if the unborn could tithe it would be different.)
Is YOUR church speaking out against the sin of abortion that has infiltrated our nation? Does YOUR church seek to rescue those being led to slaughter? Or in the great highway of life, does your place of fellowship just serve as an entertaining rest stop while terrorism runs rampant?