Bigger Moving Picture -Witch Hunt

550114_4101049960679_949372271_nHow quick we are to judge others.

1st Corinthians 4:5 says, “So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.”

I think this is a real problem with those who are in church bearing the name Christian, which should mean “Christ-like” but who think they are Christ Himself and that they are the ones with the right to say who is right, who is wrong, who is accepted and who should be rejected.

I am all for standing by our doctrines and standing by the word of God and not letting anyone distort it and try to persuade us other wise.

I am all for reaching those who are lost, wayward and need direction to The Way, The Truth and The Life.

I just feel like all to often we are putting others down rather than giving them a hand up. When i read bumper stickers that say, “God save us from your children.”  I realize we, the body of Christ are maybe known more for what we are against, not what we stand for.

How can i keep this post fairly short? Let me just simply say,

“I am having to focus on myself and my relationship with Christ, and hope others are not tripping over the splinters coming from the log that is in my own eye. And when i do that i notice others want the truth, peace, joy and relationship I have with Christ. A relationship not a religion in which i am trying to persuade or convince others to join.”

So consider with me if you will some of the lyrics from this song “Witch Hunt”. The first part musically and lyrically paints the picture or an angry mod of people who are after someone who was even just a little different and they are dead set on finding them and destroying them (not reaching them to try to help them or consider how they may need to be shown a better way).

Then we get to the lyrics, “those who know what’s best for us must rise and save us from ourselves.”

– without going into a rant and rage i am just going to say, i personally feel and have felt for sometime that too many “Christians” think THEY are the ones to save others, rather than depending on The power of The Holy Spirit and God’s saving Grace and miraculous work that stats deep in someones heart when we simply plant a seed and another person waters it.

It is so hard to believe that we have gone through times in history where people would literally kill anyone who did not believe according to how they believed. Here in St. Augustine, FL i cringe every time i hear that those who pledged to the Catholic faith were killing those who pledged to the Protestant faith if they would not convert to the Catholic faith. WHAT?! Yes, you all know it is true, those who believed in the same power and saving Grace of the same Christ – The very same Son Of God, killing each other.

more lyrics:

“Quick to judge quick to anger slow to understand

ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand…”

Those who are truly Christians, may this be a plea, as it has been through Scripture; “understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” (James 1:19-21)

This song deals with fear, persecution and the public rush to judgment that has historically occurred. I took this rendition from the youtube channel “Still Kickin” -they did an amazing job setting this powerful song into a visual format.

I hope that YOU, my friends, will not be going on any “Witch Hunts”

For other post that take Rush songs and  share a double meaning for me personally, go to: Moving Pictures -The Series.

Pressing On,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

I work at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

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3 thoughts on “Bigger Moving Picture -Witch Hunt

  1. Where is the Band Petra’s take on a “Witch Hunt”

    I remember Petra’s song “Judas Kiss” that started with words recorded forward then put in reverse (backwards). This was done during a time when so many people were looking into “backward masking” where bands would put a message, words spoken backwards, into their music at some type of attempt to get into people’s minds some hidden code.

    Then you turned those words in the beginning of the song “Judas Kiss” forward it says, “What are you looking for the devil for when you ought to be looking for the Lord?!” I would have loved to see the sinister minds of the critics turn that one around and get that message.

    How appropriate to put that before the song “Judas Kiss”
    Here it is in revers, then forward:

    Here is the whole song:

    And here is a ROCK BLOCK from Petra, in which they finally revealed the message. This is a medley of several Petra songs but starts with that big reveal from the beginning of “Judas Kiss”:

    That was during a time when some Christian ministers and congregations were condemning Christian rock and persecuting that style of music, saying the format of the music, the beat itself was of the devil and could never be used as a mode of transportation for the gospel of Jesus Christ. What was suppose to be the Body of Christ was on a “witch hunt” for other parts that they did not consider to be worthy to serve The King of Kings.

    This called for a cry that came once again, echoing the past when William Booth back in the 1800’s said, “Why should the devil have all the good music.” The Salvation Army were taking bar room songs and converting the lyrics and those who would listen.

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  2. Here is an audio by Chip Ingram, Living On The Edge:
    http://player.subsplash.com/9ce289a

    This helped me focus on Christ and what it means to really follow Him and focus on Him so much i am in no need to defend Him to others, I am able to seek Him rather than seek out what others are or are not doing.

    I hope, pray and practice HIS ways in hopes that they will see Him in me. He>i

    I also let the Holy Spirit do the convicting not me.

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