Month: October 2014

Why I Don’t Vote

Why I Don’t Vote

chosenWhy do I choose not to vote despite loyal, right-winged Christians waving around absentee ballots? The answer is simple really—I don’t belong here. Planet Earth is not my home and I have scripture to back that up.

With election season in full swing, not a soul living in the good ole U.S. of A. can hope to open their mailbox without annoying campaign advertisements spilling to the ground. It’s impossible to turn on a television set or car radio without being inundated by ostentatious bipartisan slogans. I have one word for all this noise: Hogwash. Ever since becoming a believer, something about the whole process has made me uncomfortable, like when a blister rubs against the heel of my sneaker. Up until a handful of scripture passages jumped out at me and with the help of an erudite Bible scholar or two, I felt subtly guilty for, what some would call, shirking my duty as an American. Granted, I temporarily reside in the land of the free and the home of the brave and for this I am grateful. So where is my spirit of democracy?

“Hip-hip-hooray!”

“Glory to the red, white and blue!”

“She’s a yankee doodle sweetheart!”

Nice platitudes, but all bunk when bounced off the reality of my position in the body of Christ. Now here’s a little something to believers straight from the mouth of our own apostle, Saul of Tarsus turned Paul, as well as from our Lord and Savior Himself, Jesus Christ:

“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” John 17:16

If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:19

“…no longer are you guests and sojourners, but are fellow-citizens of the saints and belong to God’s family.” Eph. 2:19

“For our realm is inherent in the heavens, out of which we are awaiting a Savior, the Lord, Jesus Christ.” Phil. 3:20 (17-21)

“If, then, you were roused together with Christ, be seeking that which is above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Be disposed to that which is above, not to that on the earth, for you died, and your life is hid together with Christ in God.” Col. 3:1-3

What all this boils down to is, I am in the world and not of it.

FREEDOM AT LAST!

 

~ Sheryl Crow

 

Just Trust Him

Just Trust Him

sufferingTrust Him. When you have done that, you are living the life of grace. No matter what happens to you in the course of that trusting – no matter how many waverings you may have, no matter how many suspicions that you have bought a poke with no pig in it, no matter how much heaviness and sadness your lapses, vices, indispositions, and bratty whining may cause you – you simply believe that somebody else, by His death and resurrection, has made it all right, and you just say “Thank you” and shut up.

The whole slop-closet full of mildewed performances (which is all you have to offer) is simply your death; it is Jesus who is your life. If He refused to condemn you because your works were rotten, He certainly isn’t going to flunk you because your faith isn’t so hot. You can fail utterly, therefore, and still live the life of grace. You can fold up spiritually, morally, or intellectually and still be safe. Because at the very worst, all you can be is dead – and for Him Who is the Resurrection and the Life, that just makes you His cup of tea.

Robert Capon (1925 – 2013)
Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace

 

 

 

 

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– DH

He Will Draw All Men

He Will Draw All Men

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me” (John 12:32).

Therefore, if “all men” are to be drawn to Him, His words await their perfect fulfillment. The present age of grace does not exhaust the possibilities of His power, for, as the grand Executor of God’s will, glorious work awaits the Son of God in ages yet unrolled.

Remembering, too, that God, as the Savior of all men (I Timothy 4:9-11), wills all humanity to be saved (I Timothy 2:4) by virtue of Christ’s kingly ransom for all (I Timothy 2:6), we should glory in redemption so amazingly complete.

In thinking of such vastness of grace, we must distinguish between the immediate and the ultimate, between development and completion. Now is the fragmentary, then the complete. His way is perfect, His will supreme. May it be ours to wait patiently for Him, that your hearts and intellects will rest in His ability to bring to glad fulfillment the operations of His majestic will.

William Mealand (1873-1957)
Birmingham, England
Unsearchable Riches (1917), Volume 9

A Faulty Conception of God

A Faulty Conception of God

“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5).

Satan’s first attack upon the human race was his sly effort to destroy Eve’s confidence in the kindness of God. From that day, men have had a false conception of God. Nothing twists and deforms the soul more than a low or unworthy conception of God.

From a failure to properly understand God comes a world of unhappiness even today. Unfortunately many cannot get free from their perverted notions of God, and these notions poison their hearts and destroy their inward freedom.

A. W. Tozer
The Root of Righteousness (1955)

Motives

Motives

Humans are very seldom either totally sincere or totally hypocritical. Their moods change, their motives are mixed, and they are often themselves quite mistaken as to what their motives are.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Letters to an American Lady