I know you’re probably tired of hearing about my experiences with Megan’s studies, her math in particular, but it seems to have so many spiritual applications.
Math sucks––Megan hates doing it and I hate checking it (no knock on Tina but unfortunately I’m more astute at it than she is). Rarely does Megan ever get 100% of the problems right. Actually, the problems are already there for her, it’s the solutions that she’s tripping up on. I give the paper back for her to correct her mistakes. Inevitably, an attitude and argument ensues. Megan is no different than so many of us––she cannot stand to be wrong.
Sometimes facing the truth can seem more painful than accepting a lie. The fact of the matter is that when you are convinced that your answer is valid or that your way is right, it can be a real punch in the gut to find out differently. Make no mistake about it, though, the pain or disappointment of being wrong has no bearing on the truth of the matter; she can disagree with the truth that her answer is wrong until the cows come home but at the end of the day, her answer is no more correct than it was before, the only difference now is that she’s knee deep in cow dung.
This makes it easier for me to comprehend why some people get so angry or offended when you try to share the Truth of the Word with them. They disagree with you; their philosophy of the Truth is different; you’re telling them that their answer just might be wrong; that they may not have found the right solution. It’s sad but some people would rather sacrifice the Truth for being “right,” sometimes even if they are aware that it will only delay and intensify the pain. We can’t help that. Truth hurts but that doesn’t make it any less true. On that glorious day when Christ comes in the clouds, there’s going to be some hurtin’ people but He’s still coming nonetheless.
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Tina, Meg, and I were playing a game of Clue last night. I had the killer and the location of the crime identified but I only had the weapons narrowed down to three possibilities. Using the trophy in two separate unchallenged accusations, I was convinced that I had finally nailed down the weapon used to commit the crime. I quickly got into position where I could make the final accusation that would win the game. As I opened the envelope to reveal the answer to the crime, I slowly slid out the cards one by one, first revealing the killer–YES, I got it right; then the room–BAM!; and finally for the win (drum roll please) the weapon–WHAT?! It wasn’t the trophy as my evidence had implied. Someone either unjustly gave me the wrong information or wrongfully omitted a very important clue. Someone failed to show me the truth for which I missed the great mystery; I was deceived into believing the wrong answer!
In this game of life, are you neglecting the Truth? Will you miss the great mystery (“which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”)? Are you being deceived into believing the wrong answer? Here are some questions and scriptures for further consideration:
Do you rely more on your pastor, other fellow Christians, or even non-believers to decipher the mystery of the God instead of looking to the Word of Truth for yourself?
- Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many…” ~Matthew 24:4-5
- See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. ~Colossians 2:8
What evidence are you using to justify your beliefs? How can you affirm your faith?
- All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. ~2 Timothy 3:16-17
- By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. ~1 Corinthians 15:2
- I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. . . Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him—to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. ~Romans 16:17-19, 25-27
Get a Clue, Get in the Word!
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Since starting this blog, I have always attempted to deliver the Truth as I know it. Some opinion has managed to slip in from time to time as I am human (The Steelers really are God’s team despite their Judas owner––but that’s for another post). Opinion, though, can be sound doctrine as long as its founded in the Truth. With the upcoming election, there is a lot of opinion out there, most of it in the media where very little, if any, is based on the Truth. Deciphering the Truth from the lies can sometimes be difficult, unless of course, you know the source of all lies and, more importantly, the source of all Truth.
Well, during the course of this election, and even more so, over the past few days, I have seen some disturbing accounts regarding a particular candidate for President. If you’re not a Christian, this may have little relevance to you and you may chalk it up to bogus propaganda; that’s your prerogative. However, Christians do not get off so easily; a true follower of Christ knows that God and His Truth is paramount.
With that, I urge all fellow believers to petition the Lord for wisdom, direction, and discernment in this tumultuous time. Pray that He give you the strength to overcome the emotional euphoria of following popular culture or making history for the sake of itself; this emotion will quickly fade but its disastrous repercussions will be far-reaching and won’t be so quick to fade. Finally, ask God to give you the peace that passes all understanding and the confidence in knowing that the only real source of hope is not in any man on Earth but in Christ.
I will leave you, not with opinion, but with Truth straight from the source at the top of the ticket, God’s Word:
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. ~Matthew 7:15-20 (NIV)
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. ~Ephesians 5:6-7 (NIV)
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