Isaiah 1:18 KJV
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Emphasis is mine.
I don’t know of any level headed person who actually enjoys conflict and I have, over the years, modified my reasons for when and if I decide to enter into the fray. But as any ardent student of the Bible knows, there will, of necessity, be times when one feels compelled to voice an opinion with regard to sound Biblical reasoning on a given topic. We all do it, some more than others, some less, and as a general rule of thumb, I personally find that as time progresses with our walk with God, we become much more selective of when we enter into a potential disagreement. In other words, the longer you walk with God, the less likely you are to get involved with conflicting issues. But, there are admittedly times, when you do need to, especially when false teachings or false gospels are put forward as God’s truth.
The Bible is literally filled with God’s reasoning and God does encourage us to use and renew our minds by learning of His thoughts, His ways and His will. And of course, Jesus told us to learn of Him, and therein do we see the will of God our Father being articulated and demonstrated by literally everything that Jesus said and did, which in itself is actually amazing.
But you and I are not all that Jesus was and is. Yet, as Jesus promised us, His Holy Spirit resides within us and we now experience the conflict that the Apostle Paul touches on, between the flesh and God’s Holy Spirit within us, as explained in chapter 7 of Paul’s letter to the Romans. We are indeed already sanctified now in Jesus (Hebrews 10:10), while at the same time we are in the progressive process of being sanctified. (Hebrews 2:11) (Hebrews 10:14). Now complete in Jesus but still becoming complete in Jesus. Graduation day is when we get to see Jesus face to face, when we go home and we are changed into His likeness. (1 Corinthians 15:53-57).
That progressive sanctification process, that we all go through, in my mind, is likened to the restrictive path and narrow gate that Jesus talks about in Matthew 7:13-14. But that restrictive path, has many off ramps, that beckon us to take our focus off of, that which we are encouraged to, in actuality, focus on.
I find it strange how some Christians can spend all kinds of time and effort, sourcing, discerning and disseminating information on the authenticity of worldly concerns (politics, current events and speculative theories as examples), but at the same time they can’t seem to find the same amount of time and effort to source and discern Biblical teachings that God would have us understand. It seems reasonable to me that if our focus is on two priorities (the restrictive path and an off ramp), at least one or both of them will suffer. And as I have indicated before, I am NOT advocating that we hide our heads in the sand about what is happening around us or avoid our electoral responsibilities, but if we can find time to authenticate worldly concerns, why is it that we can not find the time to expend at least equal time and effort, at a minimum, on the restrictive path that we all do walk on via adherence to the directions of God’s Word?
Mixed messages produces mixed results.
Did you ever notice how the writers of the New Testament Gospels, letters and Epistles did not get involved with worldly concerns such as politics, current events and speculative worldly theories? Did you ever wonder what it was that they grasped that we haven’t? Were they focused on one message and if they were, why aren’t we?
Whether we realize it or not, when we spend an inordinate amount of our time advocating our opinions on political, current events or worldly speculative theories, we demonstrate that our beliefs, our faith in God and His will, hasn’t really changed our worldly perspective at all, and as far as credibility goes, with regard to us shining a light on a hill to a dark, dark world, the light that we shine is no different from the light that currently shines in this dark world. Our light is not a different light, it is a worldly light. If you were Satan, would you want that light that is different, to be defused or lessened? And how do you think that tentative project of his might be working out? Candidly I would say it is working out very well.
As a Christian, there’s nothing wrong in having an opinion on what is happening all around us. But unless someone specifically asks you to share your opinion with them on these things that are happening around us, keep your opinions to yourself. When you shoot down vaccines, global warming, the validity of the prevailing virus, the manner in which the data is assembled and interpreted etc, you immediately separate yourself from a good percentage of the population who does have trust in these scientific and preventive measures . When you belittle those who disagree with your worldly opinions, by inferring that you are awake and they are not, do you really think that the belittlement you articulate towards them, draws them to the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
False pride is a terrible thing and although we may not always see it in ourselves, you can be sure that others can usually see it in us. By entering into these unnecessary areas of potential conflict, we literally send out a mixed message and then wonder why it is that no one listens to us when we talk about how God is real. And the reason for that is obvious, we do have Good News to share but first we need to set the record straight about vaccines, global warming and the corruption within our own governments. You can correct me if I am wrong, but I do not see any of those lead-ins being used within the New Testament. Do you not think that there was corruption within the Roman government in the New Testament times? Do you see any of these secondary worldly issues being discussed within the New Testament narratives? Bear in mind that sometimes what we are NOT shown can be just as powerful as what we are shown.
The Apostle Paul said we preach Christ crucified (1 Corinthians 1:23-24). The Apostle Peter preached repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38) and Jesus told us to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20). One consistent message.
And the common Christian, what were we told to do? 1 Peter 3:15 tells us plainly: “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, but with gentleness and respect;” One consistent message.
Something to think about.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!