Recently many people rallied to show support for science. Some even attached cute frames to their Facebook pictures. That’s loyalty. It’s a fascinating topic to say the least especially in light of the Bible and believing it to be the word of God. History always repeats itself and the older denominations are, the more the academics feel the need for sophistication. The goal becomes not to look foolish to the world around them. Much of this angst is centered around science and the inability to prove certain biblical stories like the virgin birth of Jesus or His resurrection from the dead. Lesser issues would involve the biblical miracles of the Old Testament.
I once had a staff member that was going to preach about the story of Jesus feeding five thousand people from five loaves of bread and two fish. He was actually going to present alternative ways this could have happened for people that would struggle with the miracles. He learned this at a local Christian University. It’s God we’re dealing with and it’s His word and works. You don’t have to explain them through science you just have to exercise faith and believe.
Recently in my neighborhood and in the village of Granville, Ohio some signs have been showing up in people’s yards. At first read they seem harmless enough but let me give you my personal response to these statements. It starts out with this statement:
“In this house we believe . . . “
When I read this opening line I thought of these words from Joshua 24:15:
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.
Women’s rights are human rights. I’m not sure why this is here or what the issue is at least in North America but I thought about the way the bible addresses females and how the call is for beauty to be found in their spiritual life not all the things this world uses to manipulate and use women. In 1 Peter 3:3-4, we read these words:
“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”
Kindness is everything: Kindness is strongly suggested everywhere in the bible and is a “fruit of the Spirit.” In Colossians 3:12 we find this admonition:
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
Science is real. Yes it is but what’s the point? Science is real and scientists are real but they are not alway right. What a superior group of people they would be if they were always right. Denominations get to this struggle around their 100th year. In earlier generations they are full of faith and fire and zealous for God and His word but then respect of the world becomes important and people resent looking foolish so they reach out to science to find credibility. It is not a new thing. I appreciate science and the hard work, study and research. What I don’t need is for you to explain the miracles of the bible. If God is God then however He does it is fine with me. Seven day creation? Why not? Moses parting the Red Sea with God’s help? Delivering Daniel from the lion’s den? Of course, this is God! Jesus healing the blind, lame and mute? It takes faith to believe the bible and for that matter it takes faith to believe in much of the science world. Biblically I read these words:
“Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-29
Love is love. Not surprising at all that this is on the sign. What a different world we now live in than even just fifty years ago. The agenda of this segment of our society has been amazing to watch. Most notable is the intentional efforts to include their themes in every TV sitcom and or movie for the purposes of normalization. Generations of even “church kids” have now been infused with the notion that it really doesn’t matter to God. Love is love. Yes it is but not all love is right in God’s sight. This one is big and even writing about it is cause for fear in today’s society. Churches will someday lose their tax free status over this one and ministers will lose their ability to marry with the endorsement of the State, I believe. This topic should never be addressed without compassion and kindness but the Bible is God’s word and so I will stick with it. (By the way, “cut and pasting” in regard to biblical truth never works. Once you start that you can make the bible say whatever you desire.)
6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, Mark 10:6-7 NIV
24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. Romans 1:24-27 NLT
BLACK LIVES MATTER Well I just deleted an entire paragraph on this one.
As a Christ follower I believe that we are all equal and that every life matters on this entire planet. We, the church have a long way to go on this one. It is true we were very quiet during the civil rights struggle and for that American churches should be ashamed. We should be compassionate about the marginalized and the those that are oppressed. We should also work daily to dispel the myths that have been created among all ethnicities that lead us to fear and stay divided. We should love all men and women regardless of color. Why?
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.“
All people matter to God and the gospel of peace will change the world one life at a time when lived out the way Jesus instructed us. “Red and yellow black and white they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
No human is illegal. This one makes no sense. If law matters and it does. If keeping the peace matters and it does then sometimes humans will be illegal. There are laws and especially immigration laws and when you break them it makes you illegal. To totally ignore the law and just let anyone into a Country is just silly and wrapped up in emotion and not sound reasoning. Contrary to the hype people can still legally get into our land of opportunity.
So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. John 8:36
Water is Life . . . and we should do all we can to provide clean water everywhere in the world.
I am reminded of these words when I see this phrase on the sign:
“Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4:13
Maybe this post is just for me but these signs are everywhere and I have no where else to respond. It’s distressing when you have no voice or say so here is my little attempt to respond. Sorry it’s not all that inspiring but I feel better. What I have learned from my twenty something friends and even a few in their thirties and forties is that I’m not supposed to voice my opinion let alone have one. Too late. Hitting send and bracing myself.