I was having a conversation with a friend of mine that I’ve known since we were children. Her life is complicated in many ways by her own choices and in many ways by the choices of those around her. As a result, she feels there is an insurmountable mountain in front of her that keeps her from knowing and understanding God, one that she has no control to do anything about. Either there is no depth of soil or the cares of this world has choked the seed out, or both.
I can’t help but think of how our lives have been parallel in many ways. We both have attended the same church when we were young. We both have shared similar experiences. We both have had the same seemingly silly dreams when we were young and pondered where they might have originated. We both at some point in our lives suffered from abuse. We both struggle with severe fatigue. We both experienced miraculous moments in life. We both had wonderful mothers that we felt we lost way too soon. So the fact that we are both now in two totally different spiritual places had me perplexed and hurting for her and the things she sincerely believes she has no power to overcome. Especially since there have been many times when we’ve talked about the same things over and over again like a circular dance, and I have encouraged her in the same ways over and over, praying always for God’s best for her, and for her measurement of faith to be increase and understand that she DOES have the power. And yet… nothing ever changes.
So where along the path did my “and yet” become my “BUT GOD”? What very important pivotal moment was it where was I able to grasp and take hold of the faith I needed? In listening to her recently, I believe it was somehow related to the point we lost our mothers. For both of us, our mothers were our ROCK. They were the center of our world and held everything together. Yet for whatever reason, when her mother died, she ran away from God and blamed Him for taking her too soon. When my mother died, by the grace of God I somehow was able to appropriate the gift of faith – HIS faith and not my own – and found myself running TO God instead, seeing my mother’s death as the catalyst that threw me into His arms, where I have since remained.
Where does this leave us? It has left me with the courage to face any circumstance without fear. Unfortunately for my friend, it has left her struggling to take hold of truth in a way that allows the Holy Spirit to have His way. And this is an all too familiar experience with so many people I see sitting in our churches today. They continue to come to Church gatherings, they continue to pray powerless and half-hearted prayers, and their spiritual needle never seems to move beyond a certain mark. Their life has become a day to day existence where they never experience the fullness of God’s plan for their life, and cannot wait to one day leave this world behind. It is their lack of hope and authenticity that are often on display whenever an outsider peers in, and so the outsiders remain without. And why should they come in? There’s nothing different inside that building for them.
Sometimes I have to remind myself that loving somebody is not hitting them over the head with truth and screaming at them like a cheap daytime television commercial “BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE”! There is so much more to this life than living and dying, and God REALLY DOES have a plan and purpose for all of us! The scary thing is that we find ourselves living in unprecedented times, and there really is no more time to dilly dally. We MUST WAKE UP NOW! Or as my dad would have very bluntly said, “Either crap or get off the pot” (except his language was a bit more crass). And before you ask me “where is the love in that”, I will ask you where is the love in allowing someone to just stay stuck in the mud without waking them up to the reality that God is waiting for them to truly make Him Lord of all, and discover all He has created them for?
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While I really like this blog, I am not convinced telling the truth of Scripture requires wading into much of the muck of political upheavals. If a pastor does go there, he must remember to teach what Jesus taught about loving our enemies. Russell Moore just did a piece in CT than rang true as well: “There’s a world of difference between confident and combative Christianity. Confident Christianity constantly reminds us that this life is less important than the next. Combative “Christianity” tries to differentiate us culturally or politically from those deemed to be the irredeemable enemies.”
We must remember WE were once the irredeemable… until He redeemed us. And we must always put our enemy’s redemption ahead of winning an election.
❤️& 🙏, c.a.
Hi CA 😄 I’m glad you like my blog. There are so many who hold onto wounds and offenses towards God and towards others that Satan has completely robbed of a victorious, purposeful life in Christ. They are frozen in time and can’t move forward. Often they fill the pews of a church where the pastor(s) coddle sin rather than confront it, and so they both become comfortable with the status quo. While I can appreciate there is a difference between confident and combative Christianity, I think it may also be good to reflect on the notion that Christ himself was so often both. He in fact caused trouble wherever he went, calling religious leaders of the day “whited sepulchers” and continuously prodding them to grasp truth over tradition. Christianity in itself is controversial, upsetting the whole Roman Empire at the time and many nations still today. Sometimes it becomes necessary to ask ourselves the question, are we with Christ or are we with culture? Dietrich Bonhoeffer stood with Christ against culture in Hitler’s Germany, stating that “to do nothing in the face of evil is evil itself”. Christians in America have been so tolerant that they are no longer being tolerated. Where this may have once filled our pews, it will now possibly become the thing that future generations will not be able to understand, how we could have allowed the United States to fall on our watch while we did nothing.
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Go girl! There is more inside of you that needs to come out!
After your question about how my church responded after the Roe vs Wade ruling, I had to stop and try to recall. I don’t remember. Something lightly maybe was mentioned but I know not a hallelujah. Our church is quiet but I don’t think it is in agreement with the Woke crowd. I am praying we wake up though and speak out more about the evil in our culture.
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