Showing posts from December, 2018

To This One I Will Look

What kind of a man or woman is God looking for? The common assumption is a good one. A person who does their best. We learn through experience that no one lives up to their own idea of good consistently. We fail all the time. To us, as long as we try, it means we are good. Nearly succeeding does not fulfill a true idea of good, however, especially when we consider there are things we have done in our life we would rather no one else knows about. Maybe God will skip over those, we hope.

I am not splitting hairs here. The concept of good for a holy God differs greatly from ours. There is no sliding scale. The Bible says no one is good. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". Romans 3:23. In Jeremiah we read: “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jesus addressed people as evil in a matter-of-fact way (see Matthew 7:11). That is an eye-opener for our meek and mild image of Jesus. The reality is, God is holy…

A Spiritual Buffet

Our culture views spirituality like a great buffet. Laid out before us are many selections. We choose whichever we fancy according to what pleases our palate. A little bit of this and a bit of that is piled on our plate. It is all good; it is just a matter of preference.

A post-Christian society has rejected any idea of a personal God, before whom we are accountable, or the need of a Savior. Instead, you have the term “being spiritual”. It is meant to sound open-minded and free. It has little to do with the state of humanity or the existence of a holy God. Emotionalism wrapped is spiritual terms, with no objectively understood reality; the self becomes the defining object of focus. Inside this fluffy package, falsehood abounds.

Sadly, the same mindset pervades the mainstream church. When you go to a buffet, each dish has a label telling you what it is. For many Christians, as long as the label has the word “Jesus” or “God” somewhere it must be good. This makes it acceptable to consum…