2013-09-12 - Confused Hearts & Minds
Matt 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
hu·mil·i·ty - noun - the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.
Today the church struggles for its place in our culture as the culture has broken into what is almost a full sprint away from God. In that wake portions of the church itself have been dragged away in the whirlpool of political correctness, changing social standards and humanistic thought. In the subways of New York City in the 1960's there was a large spray painted sign on one of the stone walls stating "God is dead - Nietzsche". The quote from the mid-1800's became the banner of new theology that pointed to the horrors of the World War II death camps where in the area of 13 million people were murdered among other instances of man's cruel inhumanity to to his fellow man. "How could God allow this?" was the cry. The answer was that God must not exist. It has worked its way into the culture of many nations and peoples.
The argument over what defines marriage, what defines life, quality of life and the infirm or elderly rattle and clatter. Man fails to see his flaws and failings or excuses them. Truth is relative leaving any moderate plausible position to be acceptable. Anything that defines fixed and unmoving truth is mocked as outdated.
The question is not - how did we get here? It really doesn't matter. We are here. There are many who have their marching orders. They are warriors in prayer and have felt the call of God on their lives to go and to do for Him. The rest of us must make prayer a priority with humble hearts. Instead of saying, "They can't do that. It's not right!" They will if they can, and they are trying. Pray for them. Pray for the hearts and minds of our local, state and national elected and appointed officials and judges. Pray for those who have bought the lie of the enemy that God is dead and truth is whatever you think is true.
The key word is humble. Humble does not mean door mat. Know your position - a child of God, an ambassador of Christ. The child gets his guidance from God. The ambassador gets his instructions from the head of the government; in our case Christ. An ambassador represents his government in speech, actions and manner, as a child represents their family the same way as they grow up.
We can be taught when we see that we don't know everything. Remember that the lie doesn't change the truth. Know the truth so that a lie is presented you will know it to be false. The truth will set you free. Speak that truth in love.
There is a very well-known verse that starts, "For I know the plans I have for you ..." There is an ocean of truth in those first nine words. "I" is God. He is described as faithful and unchanging, true and just, eternal, merciful, loving and kind. He has plans for each of us - and those plans are not forgotten. God knew us before we were formed in our mother's womb, and those plans He has were written down at the same time. In that our lives have the seeds of great meaning.
Pray and study. When God gives you a passion for something, follow it and see where He leads. Let that passion shine and touch others for Christ. Change the world one heart and mind at a time.
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.