2006-04-13 - Patches and Rewrites
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (KJV)
Tonight I spent a length of time patching a server at work. It took a while longer than I had planned, but it was worth it. The system will be much more stable as things go forward. The patches to the operating systems and libraries fix problems and adds features to the existing code set. Without these patch, a computer will continue to experience problems and require periodic reboots to be used.
This is not unlike our faith. As we start out, our faith is very simple and incomplete in places. As we learn and grow those incomplete places are added like the new features to an operating system, and misunderstandings are corrected like patches. After a time, parts of our faith need to be reviewed and cleaned up. After patch, upon patch, upon patch is applied to a section of code, or our faith, it needs to be untangled and cleaned up. It goes back to a clearer, more simplified state after a rewrite.
The purpose of the code, or the core of our faith, remains unchanged. Jesus is still Lord and Savior. His death, burial and resurrection still saves us from sin and death. This is the process that we go through in faith, not unlike most areas of our lives. Our faith is an integral part of our lives. It shapes our decision making and is the foundation for our core values. Don't let the world tell you that you need to remove your faith from your vote, or your work, etc. It is just as much a part of you as your lungs are.
Periodic reviews and discussions with trusted friends, elders and Pastors is a healthy thing. Listening to an opposing idea will either correct or sharpen your understanding of the topic. Faith is not a once a week book that we take off the shelf. It is part of what makes us who we are at the core of our lives.
This continuing process is what helps is to be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope that we have within us. It gives us hope as we walk through the struggles of life no matter how battered we may be. And it gives us the confidence in eternal life to face the end of this life, and pass through death into the arms of our waiting Savior.