Text: “Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.”
There is absolutely no doubt in the author’s mind that we are currently living in the very last of the ‘...last times...’ of planet earth and humankind. Christ returns soon!
“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that anti-Christ shall come, even now are there many anti-Christs; whereby we know that it is the last time.” (2 John 18)
“And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:14)
“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things (– Spiritual, moral, political, philosophical corruption - ), know that it is near, even at the door.” (Matthew 24:33)
The more that true Christians complain, the nearer we are to Christ’s return to take us, ‘His people’, Home to be with Him in Heaven. I often wonder if the Lord Jesus will find many with true faith – Bible-belief and regenerate practice – when He does come to this sin-filled, polluted earth.
“And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man (Jesus Christ) cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:7-8)
Verse 2. “I mourn in my complaint and make a noise. What a comfort that we may be thus familiar with our God! We may not complain of Him, but we may complain to Him. Our rambling thoughts when we are distracted with grief, we may bring before Him, and that too in utterance rather to be called ‘a noise’ than language. ‘Groanings that cannot be uttered’ are often prayers which cannot be refused. Our Lord Himself used strong crying and tears and was heard in that He feared.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 249)
“We may not complain of Him, but we may complaint to Him.” (Spurgeon)
While we can be called ‘complaining Christians’, we are never to be found complaining about God, nor about God’s treatment of us; nor about our lot in life in His service! No. We do all our complaining TO HIM, and, as a Father who knows His children, He always gives us His best listening ear. Praise His Holy Name!
“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him. For He knoweth (knows, and continues to know) our frame; He remembereth (remembers and continues to remember) that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:13-14)
Genuine Christian Complaints:
The voice of the Enemy: Anyone that speaks, and encourages others to speak, against Christian values; Christian morality; Christian standards; Christian belief; and daily Christian practice – is clearly defined as ‘the enemy’ of Christianity and therefore, ‘Anti-Christ’!
Anyone who utters the very Holy Name of Jesus Christ as an expletive; a swear word; or in derogatory terms – is marked by the Living Lord God as ‘the enemy’ of Jesus Christ. The depth of this anti-Christian corruption and blasphemy can be clearly and continually measured by the amount of anti-Christian filth and such ‘swearing’ we see written into actor’s lines to be spewed out on television sets nightly, and there are few movies being produced today that a sincere Christian can comfortably watch.
Take note BBC: Christian television owners should pay a much reduced Television Licence annually, since we are more and more limited to exactly what moral content we can watch on our TVs! Committed Christians should not be forced to pay for television producers to offend our Saviour and Lord Jesus, and other offensive content!
“Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him/her guiltless that taketh His Name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7)
Sodomy: Christians like myself are continually complaining about openly flaunted and over-promoted homosexuality: on our television sets; parading the main thoroughfares of our City streets; in every area of life. What the Lord God clearly detests is being given unbalanced public exposure and promotion! It almost seems like Sodomites are crawling out of the very woodwork of British/Irish societies! God is not pleased, and will not be mocked by such lifestyles and sexual practices that He Himself has shown no mercy!
“For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory. The show of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! For they have rewarded evil unto themselves...Woe unto the wicked! It shall be ill with him/her: for the reward of his/her hands shall be given him/her.” (Isaiah 3:8-11)
Anti-Christianity: Another complaint we Bible-believing Christians have is the increased practice of anti-Christian views and opinions aired in the media; ridicule of Bible verses and Biblical principles of the personal practice of holiness; our Christian faith put down at every turn of event; the banning of Evangelical Street Preachers; and distribution of Evangelical Bible Tracts. No longer are Christians portrayed as ‘salt and light’ keepers of social morality – we are laughed at and jeered as ‘geeks’ and ‘weirdos’ by British society, while ‘other faiths’, so-called, are given every reverence and respect! Thus, we complain to God!
“My soul is also sore vexed: but Thou, O Lord, how long? I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.” (Psalm 6:3-8)
Unbelief Within ‘the Church’: Perhaps the hardest aspect of Christian complaining is that true believers are compelled to complain about the rise of unbelief in God’s Word we see being practiced and preached from church pulpits. We cannot serve God by teaching error. (John 17:17)
Thought: If professing Christians have no complaints – perhaps we should reconsider the quality of our commitment to Christ? (2 Corinthians 13:5-6)