This week another catastrophic event has occurred. This single event is being covered nationwide by hundreds journalists and bloggers. Sadly some people are capitalizing on this horrible event to push their political ideals. However, I would like to challenge you to stop, breathe, and consider your own beliefs before throwing in with one argument or another. What aspects of your life have shaped the belief system you have? In other words, what impacts how you view life? What is your perspective? Do you cling to the beliefs you were taught as a child or in school, do you align your beliefs with those around you at work or see on TV, or do you make your beliefs based upon spiritual truths?
Truth? What is truth these days? Truth feels a lot like art now: “Truth is in the mind of the speaker.” That is not truth. That is perspective. That is what a person believes to be right based upon the influences in their life. Truth are absolutes like the grass is green, the sky is blue, and gravity impacts all on earth. Everyone seeks truth, but few find it.
I have difficulty aligning with perspectives found in popular media sources, left and right political leanings included. My beliefs have been shaped by the home I was raised in, education I received, but ultimately on what the Lord teaches us in his Word. This is the foundation of my belief system. This is my forging hammer beating my perspective into proper alignment.
This revealed knowledge of God, given to us in written word has stood the test of time. God is the Creator of the universe. He is the one who designed gravity and all the other laws of physics for how the universe operates. In the same way he created human beings and designed into us the behaviors by which we are to act. Genesis 1: 27 tells us we were made in the image of God. This image is innate to our being. As Christians we understand we have been corrupted through sin. We are no longer in perfect unity with him knowing his perfect desire for our lives. Therefore God now had to tell the Israelites how they were to live their lives through the old testament law and he gave us the example of his Son, Jesus Christ.
The law of the old testament provided them with a social order that set them apart from all other nations around them. This was to remind them they were the children of Abraham to whom the promised Messiah was to come. Much of the old testament shares stories of how the Israelites would doubt the promises of God, not follow the laws given to them, and then God would allow catastrophe would strike the nation of Israel in order to bring the people back to him. In the first chapter of Joshua we hear God’s command and promise to Joshua.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:8-9)
This is not to mean that if we work to keep the law we have won God over and he will bless us because of our efforts, for none can keep the law perfectly. However God gave us the law and to go against it is to go against God, and no one can win against God. It is like trying to against a current, we can do it for a while, but eventually we tire and are broken by it. Therefore if we follow God’s commands and will for our lives we fall in line with his Divine plan and we will be speedily swimming downstream.
That is the perspective from which I see the world today. The world tells Christians our beliefs about social normative are antiquated. Who is man to tell the Creator of the universe that is plan is outdated? Did he not create us? Is he not actively sustaining us? Does he not promise us an eternal life spent with him in a place so glorious our minds can’t comprehend? What is the world doing for us and promising? Terror? War? Disease? Natural Disasters? Corruption? No amount of money or fame can drown out those realities. Only in Christ do we see all those as signs of the end times approaching and remind us of our need for a Savior from this wretchedness.
Please tune in for more posts as I seek to share my biblical perspective of my faith, family, and finances. Hopefully I will provide a fresh perspective to view your world! Cheers!