Not too long ago, I had many faithful subscribers. Life got busy (super busy….I got a job…accidently got a job. It has been a God-send and it fell into my lap). Because of this, I haven’t been writing, at all unless you count salesforce reporting.
I have setup a YouTube channel with some video posts of thought. Click here to check those out.
Most of my writing is me meandering though a topic and trying not to be preachy. Haha. Or it’s about my amazing kids. This is more on the path of meandering thoughts.
I’m not sure when it happened. I think most long-time Christians will understand and follow this. Somewhere, while I was teaching kids, working on church stuff, serving in my community…Christianity became something so different than what it has been in the past. I know with my mind that as God brings things into balance.
True Christianity isn’t about what we “do” but about who we are…in Christ. Christianity is not about ritual it is about relationship with Jesus. For years, we have focused on our works instead of God’s goodness. Our works do not redeem us. Only Jesus can save and redeem us.
As with so many things in God’s kingdom as come into balance, the pendulum that swung so far out of balance must swing back in the other direction in order to come back to balance.
In this instance, balance is understanding and living in the place between having that intimate relationship with God and doing the things that reflect that relationship.
In past, we had to look and act a certain way in order to be accepted in Christian community to the detriment of truth. In the 80s there was a saying, “Fake it, til you make it” or “Dress for the job you want” (both of these were said in regard to success). The church’s take on this was to look righteous even if you weren’t living righteous. But “faking it” doesn’t work with God because He knows our inward parts, He knit them together. (Psalm 139)
In the last 50 years there has been a move toward spirituality. In the last 10 years or so the church has embraced a move toward the love of Christ to the extreme of nothing being required of us. We were saved unto good works. James 2 says if faith doesn’t have works it is dead. We show our faith by our works. The pendulum has swung and we have gone from fakery to no outward display of faith….everyone has faith but there is outward indicators.
One of my friends was sharing (on Facebook) about this train wreck of a show on Netflix called “Love is Blind” (I think that’s the name). Netflix and Amazon video are kind of the devil…they show everything unfit for broadcast television. There are no filters any more. (I started watching Designated Survivor when it came out and it was pretty good…then Netflix started making it and every other word f*&*…I had to stop watching. It’s a bummer). The premise of the show is you go on all these “faux” dates where you need see the person until they ask you to marry them, you get to see each other, then you meet each other’s families, move in together and get married within a month or something. It’s a train wreck and like most wrecks, it’s hard NOT to watch.
I watched about two episodes. One thing caught my attention. A young woman reveals (and why is it as singles we have to “reveal” our faith? Pretty good indicator that all I’m writing is accurate) that she is a Christian. The young man she is talking to, says “F*&$ yes, I’m a Christian too. I have a tattoo on my stomach that says ‘Psalm 19:14’.”
Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
THIS IS WHAT I CALL “IRONIC”.
I know sometimes I do and say things that aren’t acceptable in God’s sight…I know this because the Bible outlines what is good and acceptable. We do not have to be like the world to win them. The goodness of God draws people in. When we lift Jesus up, He draws all men unto Him.
We don’t have to relate to the world in that way to win the world.
We do have to passionately pursue God in every area of our lives.
I do not have any tattoos of scriptures or crosses or anything. That doesn’t mean I’m not a believer. I also don’t have to “reveal” my faith to new people. This doesn’t make me better probably means I’m getting old and I don’t care what people think. I’m going to be “me”. and if you don’t like it, that’s okay.
My hope is, that you will know that I believe by the Holy Spirit that I carry. That I accept that you are on your journey and that God has a plan for you. I don’t condemn your use of inappropriate language or inappropriate/crude talk. (If you do it in front of my kids, I will say speak up because that’s not okay with me). I hope that my love speaks loudest and that my works follow the love I carry.
Freedom doesn’t mean anything goes. Freedom means, you can be who God says you are. Having a standard that you live by isn’t confining…it’s freeing.
Earlier the Psalm 19 passage it says it this way (Passion translation):
Every one of the Lord’s commands is right; following them brings cheer. Nothing He says ever needs to be changed. The rarest treasures of life are found in His truth. That is why I prize God’s word like others prize the finest gold. Nothing brings the soul such sweetness as seeking His living words. (9-10)
God’s standards of living bring sweetness in our soul. Isn’t that what we all want; What we are all seeking…sweetness in our soul? It’s kind of a trick, we seek the sweetness, the peace, the love and the answer is Jesus. He’s all of those things and once His Spirit infiltrates us, we enjoy the sweetness.
Seek His word for the standards you should live by. Seek Him about it. If there is anything you are having trouble following…ask Him about it. His ways are easy and His burdens are lite. If something is hard or troubling, seek healing in that area. God is good…more than anything He wants to show you; reveal to you the depth of His goodness.