“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.”
Galatians 5:14-15 ESV
Today we are growing more and more divided because we have forgotten the #1 rule Jesus left us with. While we may wish it be the case that unbelievers would love one another, that is not their charge. It is ours as Christians. I have seen so much division among ourselves regarding politics that we are willing to forgo love and jump straight to hateful thoughts and actions. Why can’t we stop interacting with the world the way the world does and begin interacting the way Jesus called us to?
I have not written on this blog in some time. However, I keep it up and do plan to continue my work here.
Now, for the first time many years, I am trying to confront my emotions. I have been running from them for so many years and now It seems that I can no longer hide from them. Quite frankly I’m scared. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I know that it already hurts.
My only comfort, and it is only slight, is that I believe that whatever happens, God will be there. But I sense that he will not spare me from the coming pain.
The scariest part is that I don’t even know what’s coming. I have no idea what I will have to face. There are parts inside me that if not dead already, are nearly so. Parts of my soul that have been abused, neglected and forgotten. I sense that those parts are coming back and demanding that I give them proper attention lest they drag all of me down forever. An ultimatum saying, “either revive us or you die too”.
Tonight, just before heading into my room for the night, I am in my office reading a book “The Skeptical Believer”. While reading, one paragraph in particular, caught my attention. When speaking on the issue of truth or rather the question “what is truth”, the author commented that the answer to that question is “likely to be answered in many different ways, that the answer is less likely to be one enormous assertion and more likely to be a mosaic of many little answers, each hard-won, each subject to revision…”.
The part that really stood out was that our assertions were subject to revision. How many times have I failed to commit to something on the basis of fear that I might get it wrong. This fear of failing, of getting it wrong, often paralyzes me and prevents the learning that results from trying and getting it wrong. When I let the fear freeze me, then I have failed. What I should understand is that we make decisions using the best knowledge we have at the time. If it turns out that a better decision could have been made, then we adjust where we can and get on down the road.
That is what creates success and sustains our momentum in this life.
P.S. This is a second revision to what I wrote tonight in my journal.
Today, as I was preparing for my first test the Introduction to Theology Program, I ran across a statement regarding our postmodern culture. For those who do not understand the term postmodern, it espouses that there is no ultimate truth. This thought methodology leads the culture into relativistic beliefs of truth. In other words the postmodern would say, “what’s true for me is true for me and whats true for you is true for you, even though my truth may disclaim yours or yours mine.”
Here is the statement:
Christians today cannot work with the same assumptions that we did just 20 years ago. At that time, people would join you in your search for absolute truth. It is different now. Today, before we begin to lead people to the truth of Jesus Christ, we may have to lead them to the truth of truth. Common ground must be created before the Gospel can be proclaimed. (Introduction to Theology, Credo House Ministries, 2011)
I think that as we move along in time, we should be educating ourselves in such a way that prepares us to face these types of challenges head on. The truth of the statement was confirmed for me while flying at the airlines. I would have many conversations with people about my faith and a higher percentage of the pilots I flew with had a postmodern, relative mindset. Because of this, it was difficult to reach them with respect to the Christian faith.