What Is Important
Have we lost our way? Have we lost sight of what is important? If we are to believe what you can read on the internet, or have been taught by some of our Christian leaders, then we are in serious trouble my friend. Serious trouble.
I grew-up in a Christian [baptist] home and was taught to read and trust what the Bible said. Then I retired, and now I have the time for that little thing called the “internet”. Boy was that an eye opener. I found out that you were not just a Christian, you could be a Calvinist or Arminian or what ever. We had corporate election and/or personal election. The list just went on and on. I mean who knew? It was like a smorgasbord of ways to deal with God.
But what a mess it has given us. I have never heard or seen so much discontent and disagreement. You just have to spend an hour on the net to see the most outrageous unchristian Christians that you could imagine. To be blunt we have a problem, look in the mirror and be honest, at-least with yourself, is the one that looks back a reflection of Christ or something else.
I do not claim to have all the answers, I don't even have all the questions. What I do have is a great sorrow for the way we, as Christians, are treating each other. We as a group have become self-righteous, judgemental, and all around mean spirited.
When I was a young fellow I would listen to “Back to the Bible” radio program every morning. It was a good way to start the day then and it still is now, but in a different way. We, as Bible believing followers of Christ Jesus, should be going back to the Bible. When I say that, I mean you with the aid of the Holy Spirit should be studying the word yourself. Spend the time to find out what is the truth. That preacher, teacher or friend may be telling you what they think is the truth but is it what the Bible says is the truth?
Over the last few years I have read many articles putting forth various views on any number of topics. Most of these articles were well written [only wish I could write as well] and logical. Some were not the most even handed when dealing with other views. Some, well lets just say they need a rewrite.
I do not have an axe to grind with either Calvinism or Arminianism, I was a Christian long before I ever heard of them. My whole goal in this missive is to perhaps get some people to look at themselves and then look at Christ.
God loves us and wants to have a relationship with us, but on His terms not ours. I am going to leave you with two quotes that really say it all for me.
“God cannot fail to be perfectly loving any more so than He can lie.…It’s not a question of whether or not God chooses to love, it is WHO HE IS…HE IS LOVE.” Dr. Jerry Walls
Interpret the Bible Christologically, with Jesus Christ as the “touchstone” of biblical interpretation - because he is God incarnate and therefore above even the Bible as the supreme revelation of God. Whatever in Scripture seems to conflict with God revealed in Jesus must be interpreted in light of God revealed in Jesus. Roger E Olson
One Christian Brother to Another