New habits are hard to make; old habits are hard to break
but giving up steak, is not make or break.
Giving up the self enthroned in-heart thrill
and living through God’s Spirit will
is what counts in the eternal till.
The other day I stumbled across the Facebook page of a former student. There I read through one post and its comments. The content focused on a perceived failure of another human being and comments then bantered through relative “spiritualities” as a means of dealing with people who hurt others.
Of note to me was the one which listed all the wretchedness of humanity: war, rape, murder, poverty, et al, as the evidence of why there must not be a God. If He existed, why could He possibly allow such nonsense?
Thus, the writer justified his refusal to ever believe in God. In context, this was clearly a slam against Christian theology.
What the FB participant above doesn’t see, is that all that is wrong with humanity is a function of its own free will. In rejecting the reality of a living God and refusing Him, humans seek the freedom of indulgence at the cost of many identifying with the worst of personal inclinations. The imagination embracing dark acts becomes greedy or lusty and/or violent acts.
True to human nature, something that is justified by the words, “Just see what happens this one time,” becomes the something repeated until it achieves the level of a habit. The social fabric is patched with evil this way. Blaming God for no action or rejecting Him as causing the evil is the ultimate, “Don’t blame me!” Humans are masters at maintaining a lack of accepting responsibility all while pointing fingers at others’ failures.
Luke 17: 20-22 reads as follows in the NASB:
Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said,
“The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
Has the church any fault here? Yes and no. The no first. Today’s gatherings of believers are not the cause of the evil that exists in humanity. Such evil is inherent in populations at large since the beginning of time. The yes is simple to understand, as well: Where those in church proclaim to wait for signs and wonders from God, to wait for this or that move from God, or wait to act in spirit as a function of maintaining traditions, it contributes to the continuing status quo of evil.
Make no mistake, no matter what the church does, it will take the return of the Lord Jesus to end the evil of humans. However, the church must always hold up Jesus as the way of salvation from evil. Gatherings of believers will be effective at proclaiming the gospel and helping those who hear to walk in the Truth in degrees.
Ultimately, what the earth groans to see as authentic is a gathering of believers who see and live in the Kingdom of God present in their midst!