Week 21 Day 5
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
Matthew 7:26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
Growing up around the Great Lakes area in upstate NY the sight of a house collapsing along the shoreline became something quite familiar. Sadly, in our mad quest for relaxation space, a quiet place for ourselves to retreat from the world, many built at great risk along the bluffs at the beach, only to be distressed to later learn that their dream now lay in a desolate heap at the bottom of a cliff.nSadly this is the case with many Church congregations today.
Today, we are faced with an election that has turned as nasty and evil as any I can remember in all my years. I was reminded by a great preacher yesterday evening that far too many groups of Christians have sold their pulpits to play politics in the house of God. We have forgotten that it is God’s house. God’s house, God’s rules. While it is our duty as citizens to exercise our franchise to vote, and to speak as well to the issues of the day, it is still God’s house. A haven of grace, a place to heal, and to learn, not. as some have done to try to turn God’s house into a platform to spew forth hatred. Teaching, with patience and love, speaking God’s truth in a forthright and clear manner leaves no room for any one person to claim spiritual superiority.
Sinners all we have found our way into the precincts of grace. With that fact clearly in mind, we must hold accountable those who teach something less than the whole counsel of God. The Spirit no longer dwells in the temples of men, but in the hearts of those who gather together in the Lord’s Name. But still, it seems that God will pronounce Ichabod (Heb. Lit. Where’s the glory 1 Samuel 4:12) over the houses of worship wherein the people indulge in worldly debate leaving behind the grace of God in Jesus’ sacrifice.
By all means vote. By all means b e in the public square and give Godly reasons for your hopes for the nation. But do not be disillusioned by the promises of any politician or ideology which promises to satisfy everybody with foolish rhetoric. God’s house. God’s rules.