I don’t know if any of you have been out at sea in a bad storm but I have, a number of times. Being tossed about and coming to the realization that the elements are indeed powerful and dangerous gives one a new appreciation for how fragile we are.
That feeling of helplessness and being overwhelmed by the magnitude of a storm at sea is similar to how I feel at times when I view all of the dissention that I see around us. So much bitterness and hatred, so much misundering and lack of honest concern and apathy for others. And because I’m a Christian, I find there are storms raging both within the Church and outside of the Church. I’ll be candid with you, at times it’s difficult to stay on course and steer through it all. Without Jesus as our source, I honestly don’t think that we can.
And then, just to make it more challenging, there are the battles within that we all inevitably face. Those things that hinder our relationship with God and steal away our peace and confidence in our Shepherd.
I am constantly amazed at the shallowness of our comprehension and that includes myself at times. Keeping sight of the “big picture” can indeed be difficult when we come face to face with our own frailty and limited understanding.
I’ve posted a couple of articles on the LGBTQ community lately, trying to suggest that all of us, both within and without, need to honestly take a good hard look at the issues that have been raised and at least hear and consider one another’s perspective. What I find discouraging is that for some, there is no need to dig a little deeper, the issue is settled and there is nothing more to discuss. You’ll notice that I haven’t said who is right and who is wrong or who could rightfully be accused of misjudging or mischaracterizing the other.
Do you recall how in Matthew 5:28 NIV, Jesus says “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
That is the looking a little deeper that I am talking about. We could say, but I’ve never committed adultery so I haven’t sinned in that way. But Jesus says, sin goes deeper than that. Even though you haven’t actually committed the physical sin of adultery, if you have looked at a woman lustfully you have sinned and committed adultery with her in your heart.
If our reference point for breaking God’s laws are our physical violation of them, we’re missing the point. The problem is our hearts, the essence of our being, how we think and what we desire, what motivates us to do what we do. And that truth applies to hetrosexual and homosexual humanity equally across the board. God says that all humanity is misaligned with His nature, His essence. Everyone. Superficial comprehension produces superficial or incomplete understanding, irrespective as to whether you are hetrosexual or homosexual. And please don’t accuse me of advocating that the perspective of today’s society about homosexuality is correct because it isn’t. But conversely, the perspective or the understanding of this issue for far too many within the Christian Church is not correct either.
I’m not going to belabour this point but it illustrates how far off course we within the Church can become or those outside of the Church can become when we fail to comprehend the true nature and essence of God. I could quote many scripture verses that validate what I’ve just said but I’m not going to. If we can’t comprehend what the problem truly is, how are we ever going to come to a place where we offer compassion and reconciliation to those in need, both within and outside of the Church.
Considering that this is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, it isn’t difficult to understand how one could become overwhelmed, due to the tumultuous sea that we all are floating on now. And I barely qualify as a mere pawn, on the chessboard of life. But the battle is not mine, it never has been. It may sound simplistic but I believe that God is fully capable of bringing about that which He desires. My part is to trust in Him and follow the leading of His Holy Spirit within me as he changes my heart and the hearts that I pray for, for His care, grace and direction to them.
Prior to Jesus being crucified, He said this to His disciples in John 16:32-33 NIV “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
So I will take heart in what Jesus has done and is doing and what is yet to come.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!