Have you ever prayed a prayer like this?
“Dear Lord, I really hope I am wrong about this. God, I want to be wrong. Please show me your will.”
Countless issues have come along when this cry became a daily prayer. Repetition has given me the answers from God on each one. When you do it over and over and nothing changes, you can almost guarantee you are right. God keeps quiet; a silence that speaks. In that stillness is his response.
At times, I have sat down with God writing the pros and cons of the quandary hoping to convince myself how wrong my conclusions are. It never works. Don’t mistake this for a self-imposed wise-guy. The days of checking myself in to eat many of my words began decades ago.
Once this process begins, my prayer has additional comments like: “God if this isn’t your will, please remove whatever needs to be removed and replace it with you. If I am right, Lord, please show me how to deal with it.”
For instance; pretend you overheard a conversation you probably weren’t suppose to hear. Finding out your best friend is involved in some rather questionable activity is a shock.
Confronting them about the accusation, they deny it. As best friends you want to believe them, but something tells you they lied to your face. Later, the truth comes out and your best friend is no longer the person you thought they were.
Unfortunately, our nation is living on the edge of many delusions of grandeur. Those in high places use their persuasive rhetoric to convince people of their lies. There is no guilt whatsoever in refuting the truth to get what they want.
More shocking are the Christians who have changed the Bible to fit their desires. When did Bible doctrine change on marriage? Who decided living together before marriage was ok? When did the art of lying become Biblical? When did the Bible change concerning war? Has “thou shalt not commit murder” been removed from the 10 Commandments?
My confession here is I have hoped I was wrong about the church. The President. The direction our country is headed. Even, people I know.
Learning years ago my instincts were good, but the Holy Spirit is perfect brought me to this place of questioning.
It appears easy to follow the “crowd” who seems to be in control or changing the rules. Why fight it? Why not go along with them?
The answer: 1 John 2:21 “I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.”
Too many are making decisions and judgments for others without a Biblical base. After reading the following article written by Richard Pierard, a well-educated historian, Professor and Baptist, my perception of the church has been correct. I totally believe changes need to be made in the church, but this is not the way to do it, nor is it Biblical.
People like him make the rest of us look bad. He believes he knows the changes Evangelicals need to make. He wrote:
- Southern Baptist need to get rid of Dr. Richard Land: Ethics and Religious Liberty President
- The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association needs to fire Franklin Graham
- “Christianity Today” magazine should cater more to centrist liberals instead of making knee jerk republican positions. The founder of the magazine is Dr. Billy Graham
- Evangelicals need to get off of the abortion issue while supporting the right to arms, the death penalty, and the war in Afghanistan and deny the very real threat of climate change.
This Professor Emeritus of History from Indiana State University, and Fulbright Professor at the University of Frankfurt may be educated and a lifelong Baptist, but I question if he really knows Jesus.
Forgive me, but I think he is representative of the problem.
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