It is said that you can put a frog in a pan of room temperature water, slowly turn up the heat, and the frog will remain in the water until it is literally cooked to death. It happens so slowly the frog doesn’t even know it is being killed. My research has shown this to be just a legend, but has often been told as an analogy to how things can change so slowly you don’t even know it, until it’s too late.

Christianity in America is a frog in a pot. The church has been comfortable, like the frog in a pan of room-temperature water. But slowly the heat has been turned up, as Christian values are maligned by the very culture that should be shaped by those values. Perhaps it began when prayer was removed from schools. Perhaps it began with Roe v Wade, when abortion became legal, thus killing millions of unborn babies (Herod ordering all the babies in Bethlehem to be murdered in hopes of killing the King of the Jews?). Perhaps it continued when graduating seniors were told they could no longer pray at graduation, or even mention the Name of Jesus in commencement remarks. Perhaps it continued when it became culturally unacceptable to criticize homosexuality as sin, and continued even further when courts ruled laws against homosexual marriages were unconstitutional. And perhaps it continued when governments told Christian pastors they could pray at public meetings, but they could not pray “in the Name of Jesus”, or when some military chaplains were told they could not pray in the Name of Jesus. And the list goes on.

I do not intend to write a diatribe of events that have eroded the foundations upon which this nation was established. I do, hope, however, that Christians will realize that it’s time for the frog to jump out of the kettle. What began as a subtle attack on Christian values is fast becoming an all-out war on those values. And many Christians are sitting in the kettle, ignoring what is happening, content to allow the heat to be turned up.

Come on church…it’s time to JUMP!

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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