Wk 2 Day 6
Jeremiah 6:16 This is what the Lord says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’
Perhaps we really need to ask ourselves this question: Is this really the road we want to travel? Do we even know what that “old Godly way is? A recent study from George Barna found that “…although seven out of 10 (Americans) consider themselves to be Christian, only 6% actually possess a biblical worldview.” (Cultural research center at Arizona Christian University, George Barna research, Biblegateway)
If indeed we understand the results of this research, we must then conclude that overall, somewhere along the line we have missed something of enormous importance to the kingdom of our Lord Jesus, our Christ. Paul write to young pastor Timothy “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. (2 Timothy 3:16) What scripture is he referring to; certainly not the New Testament. He was referring to the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament) the annals of the kingdom and the captivity, the psalms, proverbs, and the prophets. Our tendency to “cherry pick” the Old Testament for inspiration and comfort notwithstanding we have lost the ability or willingness to discern the harder truths found there. The values Paul espoused are as radical as Jesus was in His capacity to love. Here I would commend to you the song “My Jesus” by Christian artist Todd Agnew. He writes in one place; “My Jesus bled and died for my sins, He spent his time with thieves and sluts and liars” Hard words to hear, yet these are the very lambs Jesus cradled in his arms.