It involves a war story:
It involves a war story:
6 of 6 (on Chapter 8 of the book UnChristian)
This is the final post and in summary and reflection I am in thought of C.S. Lewis:
“There is someone I love, even though I don’t approve of what he does.
There is someone I accept, though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me.
There is someone I forgive, though he hurts the people I love the most.
That person is me.”
If we can do that for ourselves what is the deal? Why do we not treat others the same way?
Remember it is NOT our job to judge, that is God’s!
What would it look like if we extended the same grace we extend to ourselves, to others?
Post 5 of 6 in a series about Judgmental Christians.
We looked at how we can reach out in love and respect in the last post.
The key word for today is: Grace.
Think about it are we more concerned about being RIGHT than we are about being RIGHTEOUS?
I hope NOT. When we are like this we are very legalistic…we are like the Pharisees. We forget the true goals of the faith because we are too concerned over something silly.
When we truly understand the Gospel and what it is all about, we should be humbled.
Humbled by the message of Jesus.
And humbled by how we are portraying that message today ( the lack of!!!!)
We need to embrace not abandon the broken, the needy. Imagine yourself, once you were lost and in need of Grace and Mercy.
Where is our heart and perspective for the needy. Where is our evangelistic primer?
Where is our heart?
Is our faith so shallow that we are not sharing Christ’s mercy?
Let me leave you with this:
We can not give out something we have not received.
Is our church in a state of so much pride and arrogance that we have forgotten about grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love?
This has got to CHANGE.
This post 4 of 6 posts where I have been reflecting on a chapter out of the book UnChristian.
The chapter is about Christians being Judgmental we have really caused a lot of pain and negative image because of our own sinfulness. And in the last three posts we saw the negative. We saw how Christians are wrong to be so judgmental.
But there is hope. There is a way we can be Christians of truth and still reach out to the lost. Key Word from last post was respect: How?
Listen to outsiders.
Don’t be so smart. Don’t pretend to have all the answers.
Have empathy. imagine yourself in their shoes. Really get to know them, their situation! Understand them!!!
Be genuine and real with everyone. Don’t use the relationship to front a “christian agenda.” Be yourself. Allow the Holy Spirit to weave in your faith in the conversation but do not be too aggressive about it. Be conversational. Be real.
Be a friend with no other motive. This speaks BIG!
See them as God does.
Let God judge!
I think that part of the reason why there is a struggle with Darwinism is pure ignorance.
People do not know what it means to be Darwinist.
It is not the exact same thing as evolution!
Darwin merely provided a mechanism for evolution, that being natural selection.
There are other means by which evolution is thought to have occurred, and these things are still debated today.
Even within Darwinism there are several theories and sub-theories differing in their belief on the mechanics of evolution:
Pure Darwinism argued solely for Natural selection as the mechanism.
Then once you throw the idea of heredity into the picture, you come up with all sorts of theories!
Neo-Darwinist model, which we shall take as the mainstream theory of evolution today, argues that life has evolved through two natural mechanisms: “natural selection” and “mutation”.
Some religious groups believe that evolution occurs with the help of a Creator….others believe that evolution occurs with the help of a Creator along with continual help.
Many groups, including Christians, might support ideas of evolution, but not Darwinism.
It depends on what you mean by “evolution.”
Do you mean evolution by means of natural selection, by means of God, by other means?
The question is more complex than most people relieve.
I was reading “My Utmost for His Highest” as I do daily today…and got me thinking:
Here is an excerpt (read the full devo by clicking link above:)
“The child of God is not conscious of the will of God because he is the will of God. When there has been the slightest deviation from the will of God, we begin to ask – What is Thy will? A child of God never prays to be conscious that God answers prayer, he is so restfully certain that God always does answer prayer.”
Oswald Chambers makes a good point here…that in God’s will we do find rest. We should rest in God and be assured that he answers prayer…..
My thoughts though are this:
Is it so bad to be asking God, ‘What is Thy Will?’
Is that really bad when we are conscious of God’s will…
aren’t we suppose to be on our feet and looking out for God’s will everyday?
I think there is an extreme that could take place if you are too “rested” in God’s will that you miss the obvious callings of God. What I mean is that there is a certain level of consciousness that we need to have. An active faith.
We need to avoid a lazy faith. And like I said a lazy faith is an EXTREME. You really are not finding rest IN GOD if you are being lazy….(but I am on a rant here.)