Luke 10:38-42 NIV “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I don’t know about you but there are definitely times within my daily routine that I am like Martha. I can so easily get worried and upset about things that in reality I can do very little to change. In other words, I allow non-essentials to interfere with the essentials or lesser important things to interfere with more important things, which I think is exactly what Jesus is pointing out to Martha. “Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Mary chose to focus on Jesus and what He said.
Over the years I’ve gotten on the band wagon, so to speak, on a good number of issues or concerns. And that’s not to say that these issues or concerns are not in themselves, not important. In fact, one of the band wagons that I still spend a fair amount of time on has to do with the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. Another one that comes to mind is abortion. No one, in my mind, can say these are trivial concerns.
However, I’ve also learned, from experience, that these concerns, should not, in themselves, detract us from our primary objective(s). Yes, I made that plural. There is really only one primary objective but there can be a close secondary primary objective, at least there is for me. My primary objective is to stay close to Jesus. Everything else is secondary to that. Jesus told us that without Him we could do nothing (John 15:5 NIV). That’s pretty decisive.
I also believe that the close secondary primary objective is to build up the Church.
Ephesians 4:29-32 NIV “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
There’s a definite tone there if you look for it.
I have a tendency to shy away from people or blogs that are continually demeaning the Church, or the government or whatever topic they have selected to write on. There is a danger of becoming consumed with any subject, so much so that the negativity associated with the particular obsession eventually permeates into just about everything they write about. That’s not to say that there isn’t justification for negativity but it shouldn’t become our hallmark. It can be a difficult balance to maintain but I think that it is a very important one.
I can give you an example. I personally lean towards Intelligent Design and what is called Progressive Creationism. I’ve written a relatively small number of posts on each of these two subjects (relative to the over 850+ posts I’ve published). Key words being “relatively small number”. Of course there are other Christians who hold perspectives that are opposed to what I lean towards. I appreciate and respect their right to do so. Yet within the online community that focuses on this subject there are individuals who write on little else. And almost every comment they make is designed to accent their persuasion and demean others who hold opposing viewpoints. These are from Christians and I find that disturbing.
I have a non-Christian son (who I love with all my heart), who is into conspiracy theories. It is very difficult having a conversation with him where this subject doesn’t come up. In fact, any time you have a conversation with him it’s pretty well guaranteed that it will come up. I’ll be honest with you and confirm that I’ve looked into some of these myself. However, it didn’t take me too long to come to the realization that it would take an inordinate amount of time and investigation to confirm all of the different perspectives that are given and ultimately this served as a distraction that was not building me up in my Christian walk. Is there some evidence for a coming world order? Yes there is. Is there some evidence that we have been told untruths by our government in the past and present, yes there is. Should this come as a surprise, no I don’t think so. However, simple person that I am, I have enough on my plate right now just dealing with my own shortcomings and walking the Christian walk without adding additional conflicting controversies into the equation I’m currently dealing with. Am I sticking my head in the sand, I don’t think so. I’m aware of the controversies, I, like Mary in the initial scripture I quoted, just have chosen to focus my attention elsewhere.
Choosing and balancing what we subject ourselves to and what we communicate to others is not an easy task. I’ll readily admit that. But I think, even in this area, we are given guidance in the Scriptures.
Philippians 4:4-9 NIV “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!