I took a couple of weeks off from posting. With the New Year, it felt like a good time to catch up on other things and reflect quietly. We've settled into our routines a bit more now. We've been visiting the same church the last few weeks. They are doing a wonderful series on Identity. There has been a different speaker each week pointing to God's Word and giving us new things to think about in our Christian walk.
As often happens, I seem to be seeing a lot of the opposite on social media from friends. Many people call themselves Christians but seem to be lost about what God's Word really has to say. To borrow from the sermon we heard two weeks ago, we love to cling to and repeat "Christian" sayings even if they aren't Biblical! How many incorrect things do we believe just because we've heard other people say them over and over?
From yesterday to today, I've seen several people say "all sins are equal". This has always made me cringe a little. I really like what Billy Graham has to say about it: https://billygraham.org/answer/are-all-sins-the-same-in-gods-eyes/.
How about "if God brings you to it, He'll bring you through it"? Every time I see that printed on something or hear someone say it I think, "but maybe God didn't bring you to it". We want to take out the human element in all consequences. We don't want to acknowledge that our actions or sins or bad decisions put us in some positions. God is always there for us, even when we put ourselves in bad places but let's not blame Him for getting us there.
As divorce continues to rampage through our culture, I often hear that "God wouldn't want me to be unhappy". That one just isn't true. It may sound harsh but God doesn't seek our happiness just like a good parent doesn't seek their child's happiness alone. Many times we need to be unhappy to grow, to help someone else, or to see the truth in a situation. Most marriages don't fail because of one person. These days so many marriages begin in a sinful place then never quite come completely out of the mire. Want a Biblical example of God's lack of concern for our "happiness"? Moses. Moses did NOT want to go to Pharaoh. He told God repeatedly that he didn't want to go. He was concerned about his speaking issues. He didn't want to die for his past sins. Following God's direction caused him unhappiness. Again and again. He had to listen to the Israelites complain and blame him in the wilderness. Yet he did it. He followed God's direction and stuck with it even through great unhappiness. If our child is disobeying and it makes them happy, won't we still discipline them? We should! Being unhappy does not Biblically justify divorce. It just doesn't.
So what should we do? We should know God's Word. I just keep stressing it over and over because nothing is more true. We should teach it to our children. The kids and I have started in the New Testament reading one chapter of the Bible together each morning. As we read, they have 2 posters they are writing on. One says "Wanted" and the other says "Negative". When we come across a behavior that God wants from us, they write it on the "Wanted" board. When we come across a sinful behavior, they write it on the "Negative" board. This is in addition to their regular Bible studies. I wanted a way for them to see and remember what God is really asking of us in the Bible.
How do you test Christian catch phrases?