I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been having an easy go of walking with God as of late. There have been days when it has been difficult. And it has nothing to do with my basic faith, it has to do with what I call, “the bombardment”, that appears to be just about everywhere that I look. And I have taken steps to reduce my exposure to this bombardment, but it still seems to materialize. Quality time in prayer and God’s Word have always been my source of balance, but for whatever reason, the balance now seems to be much more difficult to maintain.
Even WordPress is increasingly becoming problematic with regard to “the bombardment”. I don’t know how many times as of late I have been tempted to respond to a post on WordPress and then decided not to, simply because I just didn’t want to get into a long winded discussion on the subject that was being discussed by someone else, where they were drawing their readers attention to yet another validation of a particular controversial current event, pertaining to misinformation or disinformation, that we supposedly have been fed.
I am increasingly becoming convinced that many just believe what they want to believe, and actually doing thorough research on both those who accept this information and those who reject it, in concert with knowing why the common consensus held by the vast majority of the authoritative professionals in that given field, in association with their particular worldview, either rejects or accepts this information or misinformation, as the case may be, is an increasingly rare skill set. In short, fringe perspectives are generally categorized as such for a valid reason. And if you haven’t taken the time to find out why a particular perspective you are promoting is considered a fringe perspective, then I would have a tendency to think that you basically have not done your homework.
I think one of the reasons why I see this increased proliferation of advocating these fringe perspectives by a significant number of Christians so disheartening, is the damage that is being done to the credibility of many Christians. You just don’t see worldly speculation being discussed in the New Testament, yet for some reason, a significant percentage of the current Christian Church, seems to think that we should. It kind of makes it difficult to demonstrate to the world how different we are, when we aren’t.
I wonder if the Apostle Paul had this in mind when he instructed Timothy as follows:
“But shun profane and idle babbling, for they will increase to more ungodliness.” (2 Tim 2:16)
“Avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.” (2 Tim 2:23)
Or how about the Prophet Isaiah:
“Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, He is the one you are to fear, He is the one you are to dread.” (Isaiah 8:12-13).
And then there are the earnest requests for prayer, where many Christians are going through difficulties that make my problems look like child’s play. And, once again, from what I can ascertain, these “requests” are just about everywhere. These times are not easy and I don’t see anything on the horizon from a Christian perspective that infers that they are going to get any better. In fact, the way many things are going, it is not off the wall to think that they may indeed, continue to get worse.
I’ve spent a fair amount of time in prayer, asking God what to do about the anxiety I infrequently feel and my inner awareness of sometimes being unsettled and the answer through His Word and the witness of God’s Holy Spirit within is continually the same. Stay focused on Jesus, remember what Jesus has already done for you in the past and look towards that which is to come in and through Christ. This world is not your home.
I’m thinking that correlates with the New Testament.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!