TO CHRISTIAN GOTHS
“I believe that the Christian Goth community has been called for such times as these. Who else is more prepared to deal with dark days and painful times? You are a tribe of poet-priests and poet-warriors called to fight the darkness you know so well. Like Stryder and the Northern Rangers in “The Lord of the Rings,” you will be used to fight the shadows of fear and terror in the dark forests and murky swamps which lie outside the boundaries of the land of the Hobbits. Those Hobbits may never understand or appreciate the work you are called to do and the sacrifices God calls you to – but we do not fight the good fight for their approval. We do it because we already have His.
So what can we do in these dark times? Be who you are. Be confident in your unique calling. You are a chosen tribe, a holy nation of priests (I Pet. 2:9) and a peculiar people (special treasure) (Exod. 19:5; Deut. 14:2) of a Holy (unique, special, set-apart) God. Be imitators of Christ. Look in the mirror. Surrender the weights (of fear, bitterness, the past, the pain) that hold you down (Heb. 12:1-4), and walk in His way. Do not forsake the fellowship of like-minded believers. Read the Word. Walk the Word. Remember where you came from.Come along side the misfits and the disenfranchised. Be ready to “die”: to your old life, to your dreams, to your glory, to your sin-nature, to this world, to this body. Remember it’s all going to burn. Remember that our suffering will not last forever. Live to hear these words and these words alone: “Well done good and faithful servant” (Mt. 15:21, 23).
pastor dave ~ Sanctuary International, San Diego
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