It makes me angry that many who call themselves Christians have separated from people in the world and have made such noise that the world talks about their complaints instead of about our God. The world talks about the god of the complainers and not the God of the Bible. They see the complainers and not God. The complainers have not decreased so that Jesus would increase. Instead they have done the opposite. There is not one time in the Bible where Jesus condemned the world but those he condemned were the religious folks. Why is it that I read postings by Christians who act as though they are so weak and roll over and play dead instead of living for Christ and trusting God? They have a persecution/marytyr complex and complain that they are being persecuted in America. Too many today, hide from the world and separate themselves in such a way that they are ineffective with non-believers. I find it hard to believe that so many treat the world as though the world is all powerful and God is so weak as though God is dead. No they would not say, "God is dead" but by their fear they live a kind of practical atheism. Too many do not seem to understand how sovereign God is and how Christians must shine and not be regular complainers by trusting God and loving the world enough to pray for them. I fail to see how the complainers live for Christ and make disciples. Don't they understand that we have an incredible opportunity to make disciples especially in areas where the Christians are easily seen as different than the world. Why is it that there seems to be a growing number of Christians perpetuating a theology of fear of the world and hiding from anything they perceive as a threat. I do not have to ask myself where there god is. I just cannot see their god as alive and all powerful. What non-believer would be attracted to their god that is not the same God of Daniel and Paul. It reminds me of the time Paul entered a community and perceived that they were religious by having an idol to an unknown god. God is all powerful. We need to act like He is alive and silence the complainers. The complainers need to be silenced. They have given a lot of fodder for the world to discuss and criticize the Christians because of the noisemakers. Does anyone know of a complainer who has won many to Christ and discipled them? I just cannot think of any in the Bible and any today. Think of how Christ changed people in the midst of adversity and did not retaliate and complain about the world. He never complained about how He was treated. We need to start applying 2 Chron. 7:13, 14, "If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land."