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Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 16:38:47 -0300
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COLUMN: FINAL PHASE

Snatching from the Fire
  by J. Randal Matheny, editor

   Just received news that my niece Samantha
   lost her home to a tornado in Alabama last
   night. She nearly lost her baby boy, but
   her husband was able to grab hold of his
   foot and pull him down out of the air as
   the tornado was taking the roof off their
   apartment. Thank God all are alive and
   safe! Please keep her family in your
   prayers./1

How long would a father delay before grabbing for a
child being sucked up into the air by a tornado? How
much thought would a parent give before throwing
himself to save a son?

If the physical life is precious to a father, how much
more is the spiritual life of the soul precious to the
Father for whom all creation has been named?

   And have mercy on those who waver; save
   others by snatching them out of the fire;
   have mercy on others, coupled with a fear
   of God, hating even the clothes stained by
   the flesh. Jude 22-23

We study and linger, talk and tarry, theorize and
temporize. We wait for the right opportunity. We
prepare and pray, write and preach to the saved. And
fire keeps on destroying.

The apostle Paul walked into a city and proclaimed
Christ. He didn't wait for people to have a good
impression or note his fine example. He didn't start
soup kitchens or medical clinics. He didn't rent or
build facilities, start programs or study the culture.

Our day is absolutely no different than his in any
respect that matters. We are wasting time, digging in
with excuses, whittling away the hours and spending our
days entertaining ourselves and our children.

And all the while the Evil One whisks souls away into
the dark of the night, sucks them up into his vortex of
vanity, snatches them for subjects of his carnal
kingdom.

We will suffer and sacrifice for everything but
evangelism. God forbid that we be inconvenienced by the
lost.

And we never notice the empty crib of the baby spirited
away by the winds of the tornado.
_______
1/ Andrea Parker Spradlin, Facebook status update, 2010
   April 25. Used by permission.

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