McDowell Technical Community College

Morganton Baptist Church

Perilous Times

By Pastor Dan Qurollo

Burke County

The Bible perfectly describes the times in which we live as being “perilous times.”  Each day we turn on the news, it seems as though the threats of war continue to rise.  Terror attacks continue to increase and nuclear threats continue to mount as man becomes further from God.  News of scandals and lies across the world take the front page of the newspaper.  The times in which we live are full of danger.

Yet they are also full of opportunity.  As one studies the book of Acts, we find ordinary individuals taking a bold stand on the Word of God, regardless of what it might cost them.  Some were imprisoned; others were executed.  Yet they boldly proclaimed the truth of God’s Word to a society that desperately needed it.  They did not allow their message to be governed by acceptance of the masses.  They instead took every opportunity to share the Word of God.  We too must boldly take every opportunity God gives us.  We have no idea how long we may have before it is eternally too late.

These days are also full of gratitude.  While it is disheartening to see how far America has digressed from the Word of God, it is incredible to think of the tremendous sacrifices made so that we could enjoy the freedom of religion.  Individuals gave their lives because they believed in freedom.  They believed that individuals should have the right to speak their minds openly but truthfully, that the government has no right to interfere with one’s religion, and that individuals should be allowed to live in peace and harmony in their own homes.  It was for these and many more freedoms that individuals fought.  It was for these that many individuals paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

This July, take some time to thank God for the freedom you have been given.  It truly came with a price.  Then boldly take the opportunities which God gives you to share the truth of God’s Word.

Pastor Dan is the pastor of Morganton Baptist Church.