Finding God in the Mystery of every day

031502 Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

James 3:1Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. These two texts seem to say it all. Very simply, teaching is a calling and there are not many who really would qualify. Now, while those who stand in at lecterns of academia today may have demonstrated certain abilities in a narrow field, that does not necessarily qualify them to hold forth on matters of religion, spirituality, or sociology.

A recent Google article cited an unsent letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to C.S. Lewis on the subject of marriage and divorce, mist likely written in post WWII England, circa 195Because it was Google, not surprisingly the background of this all was the current debate over the Defense of Marriage Act recently passed by congress. The thing is, without the filter of a relationship with Jesus the Messiah of God to His creation there is no true understanding to be gained from any debate over this issue.

To be sure there is a real conundrum over the issue of divorce and marriage. It is also true that in our misreading of scripture we have failed to look at the redemptive valuations that Jesus brought to the Old Testament laws and how He would have them enacted in a pluralistic world that was equally given over to wholesale sin and rejection of God’s holiness.

So what? Just this. When we appoint and anoint teachers and leaders we should pray earnestly for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, not only that we must be ready to have our eyes opened to our need for those leaders and to humble ourselves before God.

Published by larry7253

Larry M Lawrence is an author, composer, Musician, retired pastor, and lives in Missouri with his wife Jane.

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