what do Jessie J and Anberlin have in common??
they both Said Too Much.
I’m not sure what ought to be our reaction to this prevailing mentality.
Most people don’t seem to really care about truth anymore, as much as they care about what feels good, right, comfortable, for themselves and/or for others. That’s why it doesn’t matter to them that Christianity is based on a historical event. They could not care less; they’re not interested in our ontologi-tele-moral-causal arguments. Often the only thing that matters to the average Joe or Josephina is whether it “works” for the person subscribing to it… whatever “works” means. What kind of metric is that? And how can we see far down enough to make such a judgment ourselves, to judge whether it works or not?
I dunno. It kind of bothers me that people don’t really care about truth anymore, but at the same time… it’s interesting, because then our focus on having an answer for what we believe… ought that answer be contextualized in this kind of culture that does not care about truth, then? To care more about apologetics would be to prepare for a bunch of wars that may very likely never be fought… so ought we be thinking more about the very practical repercussions or ripples of effects that come from our belief of Christ? I’m all for being equipped, and I generally don’t like the idea of efficiency, especially in evangelism, but I feel like… such a revelation ought to compel us to think more and invest more time into considering the real manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s working in us… and how that ripples towards those around us.
From Mikey’s Funnies:
This is a story about a little girl who, on the way home from church, turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, the Preacher’s sermon this morning confused me.”
The mother said, “Oh! Why is that?”
The girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?”
"Yes, that’s true," the mother replied.
"He also said that God lives within us. Is that true, too?”
Again the mother replied, “Yes.”
"Well," said the girl. "If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?”
Anyway, I’m still thinking this through…
(And it’s pretty cool that loving Jesus also necessarily beckons, leads us to love Truth)
There will be days where prayer seems dry and laboured.
But there will also be days where each prayer feels like it is piercing through the veil of evil.
These are all important days.
I really appreciate the honesty in this question.
Are you a Christian?
This is important. Not only will your answer resolve the issue you’re facing now, it will affect your whole life into eternity.
If you are not a Christian, you have no obligation to follow Jesus. You haven’t surrendered your life to Him, so you’re free to make your own decisions.
What are you missing out on from the world?
Expressing yourself, exploring your sexuality and being your own boss feels good. Doing what you feel feels good. …And being a Christian means giving that up.
But have you ever read the book of Ecclesiastes? In it, King Solomon uses his vast recourses to test everything the world has to offer.
“I said to myself, ‘Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.’ …I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure.”
And here’s what Solomon learned from his experiment:
“Everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”
All the good feelings this world offers us will eventually fade. But Jesus calls us to something better.
What are you missing out on from Jesus?
…It just doesn’t always feel like it. But Jesus reminds us:
Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
God doesn’t hold out on us, and His instructions for us aren’t arbitrary. He is like a good dad guiding his kids toward what is best—even when it doesn’t feel like it to them.
And our Father offers us more than good feelings. He offers us salvation. He offers us peace. He offers us joy. He offers us freedom. He offers us hope. He offers us love. And more than anything, he offers us Himself.
I would rather follow the God of the universe who loves me than pursue any small pleasure the world has to offer.
As Jim Elliot, a missionary killed in Ecuador, wrote:
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
I hope that helps.
Peace, love and Jesus,