Views and Current Events Part 1

     The Lord uses teachers, ‘watchmen’, prophets, and leaders from across the Body of Christ to bring His will to light.  It can be difficult to understand what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the Churches because apart from the Holy Spirit, we still look through a clouded glass regarding such matters.  Many times this lack of immediate clarity creates a hunger to go deeper, to know God more, and to know the Bible better for ourselves.  This is good!  Knowing God and the Bible are critical to navigating the times we live in.

     Throughout Church history there has been an ever changing expression of ministry as driven by the Spirit of God, by culture, by past experience, and by traditions.  These manners or views in which to serve and worship God have changed and will continue to change as Christians seek to have a living and tangible relationship to the One they worship. 

     Just as there are many views regarding ministry to Christians and non-Christians, there are many views of current events.  These different views define how we engage the world around us. 

     Having faith and knowing God, His Holy Spirit, and Scripture are the only ways to really navigate the days in which we live.  Scripture is critical to knowing where judgement, truth, and morality fit with the message of Christ’s Blood, His payment on the Cross, Love, tolerance, acceptance, forgiveness, righteousness as well as judgment. 

     As the Church and the world around it is shaken and taken through assessing times, it is critical that the foundations on which we stand remain secure and understood by all.  The greatest of these foundational truths are Love for God and Love for Others.

     Love has been define in many ways and if done right, may even cost us our lives.  In essence, we as Christians have been given a message to share with the world which in brief is the following:

  • Mankind has sinned and fallen short of or below God’s standards
  • God sent His Law through Moses, to reveal how far we had fallen.  (This ultimately revealed our inability to meet the Law’s requirements)
  • His Son Jesus Christ came of His own free will and, because of Love, took our place and reconciling all who would repent back to a love relationship with God.
  • All those that deny Jesus and decline to accept (appropriate for themselves) what He did, remain in a broken substandard, sinful state that separates them from God’s will, love and relationship.
  • All those who repent (turn from sin) and accept what Jesus Christ did, are given a new nature, become a new creation; taking part in the supernatural spiritual transformation.
    • This is not always an immediate thing as we all come with different pasts and weaknesses.  It takes faith to see what Christ has done for us.  Christ can take all our past away but sometimes for some, it could take a lifetime to believe it and walk it out.  In short, the Holy Spirit helps us, we are not ever perfect apart from Christ, but are made perfect Because of Him.

     Over time, views and perspectives are shaped that give guidance to how we engage in what we believe God is doing here on earth.  A solid understanding of Scripture, by reading it for yourself, will help round out all of these view and others.  One of the greatest travesties has been a decline in Bible reading, however, according to recent studies by Barna Research, 88% of Americans believe everyone should have access to a Bible and 60% want to read the Bible more themselves.  These numbers are up from just one year agoMillennials also have a positive and developing view of Scripture.  It is God who works within us both to Will and to Do of His Good Pleasure.  See Philippians 2:13

 

     I will continue this look at view and motivations next time.  If you would like to study ahead, I will be looking at some prevalent views:

  1. ‘All We Need is Love’
  2. ‘Judgment Coming to America and the world’
  3. ‘The Church has failed in its Mission’
  4. ‘The church, like the world, is self-correcting and no judgement is necessary.’ 

     Men and women have been struggling to understand the ways of God.  We cannot place God into our reasoning and without Holy Spirit we cannot fully see God’s perspective.  Those who are sincere will find God’s truth because they will find God.

1 Corinthians 2:13-15

13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.

Isaiah 55:7-9

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. 8 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Mark 7:21-23

21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”’

Romans 8:6

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

 

Perspective Is Everything