Back to the source…
I realize its been a while since there has been a posting so maybe this will be a welcome sight?
The times we’ve been having lately, regarding the corona virus and quarantining, has provided a little more time to reflect on life. For me personally, I get so wrapped up in the day to day, week to week routines that I don’t get to pick my head up and just look around and take a breath. I think God wants us to get our bearings once in a while so that we can get back on course in our lives spiritually. We all can get into a rut or routine that has us doing the same things over and over. Its those everyday routines that causes us to loose sight of the things we were taught regarding our behavior as Christians. I’m sure that no one has their head in the sand about the condition of morality in our world today… just minutes into a current news broadcast or a glance into a newspaper (if they still exist) or podcast can confirm that there is a definite downward spiral of morality and overall behavior. If you have any amount of age on you the recent changes are unbelievable. If you have any upbringing in a “Christian” or God Fearing home its blatantly obvious that the entire world has gone off the mark quite a bit. As Christians our behavior should be separate, different and non-conforming to the happenings of this world. Romans 12:2 says, NIV: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Wow, how many of us are doing that? If we are saved and have grown in knowledge of Christ we have experienced the “renewing of our minds” the things we once did or said as an unsaved individual are now scrutinized under a new outlook or set of standards. Where do these standards come from?.. The Bible, of course. We all have grown and learned by studying the bible that God has a set of standards and, I’m not speaking of the 10 commandments. We have conviction when we do questionable things that we once never thought twice about. That conviction steers us in God’s will. Unfortunately for us, that conviction can be silenced, pushed back in our minds and, ignored. You may ask yourself.. wait, when have I done that? See, you are doing it right now thinking, “who me?.. never!” We have all and consistently do compromise our faith and belief. Sometimes it is so subtle and maybe truthfully you don’t even realize it? Think about it, you are watching a new movie and there is a lot of cursing and drug use, not to mention pretty much all movies nowadays show a same sex “implied romantic relationship”. How does God feel about that? by not saying something or turning it off are we sending an incorrect message? Sure the sin debt is paid but, as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:23 (NKJV): “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” which means all things are lawful [that is, morally legitimate or permissible], but not all things are beneficial or advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]. If we condone by our silence and participate in the behavior that we know to be incorrect what does that say about our faith and about us. Paul writing to a young Timothy gives great instruction regarding our behavior as Christians. 1 Timothy 4:12 (KJV) “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity”. Believe me, there is always someone watching and our character is always being assessed. We must know our God and what he expects of us. You say, OK, I hear you but, it is hard to be good all the time… I forget sometimes, don’t you? So we are back to where I began, I believe God wants us to get our bearings from time to time. We need to take time and reflect on our lives and where we are compared to where God wants us… evaluate our faith and behaviors and make the necessary changes. We do that by spending time with Him in scripture. Again, Paul speaking to Timothy about Christian conduct in 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV) “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. In our current world there are no examples of godly living only a declining scale of morality where anything goes. We must re-evaluate and realign ourselves up to the unchanging and perfect scriptures. It puts in to reality the words we sang of old hymns about rocks, anchors and cornerstones all of which are solid, hold fast and are unmoving. Contrary to the doctrine of today on television and talk radio God is not “doing a new thing” as it says in Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV) “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” We must dive in to scripture evaluate ourselves and adjust. We must get back to the source.