You ever get the hint that maybe you’ve outgrown your former Faith/Religion? I mean, I still see people ‘fanning’ (on Facebook) congregations which openly support hiding child molesters, among other lesser sins of omissions. When it comes down to it, do people really want to see the truth about those who have led them for so long? Maybe they have replaced God with their pastors which, at least in their minds, must not EVER be questions on pangs of hellfire.
Maybe I am a bit cynical, but one would think that after reading the evidences of hiding child molestation, of hearing of it, and of seeing homosexuality publicly condemned but privately lifted up on the pulpits of these congregations, that those same people who proclaim to love God and support the Truth, that those same people would have left those ill congregations for something else, even if they had to be alone for awhile.
Maybe I am just too optimistic. Or maybe I think logically. I feel that information and evidence should outweigh self-imposed blindness. For those people who call themselves ‘holiness’ one would think that they would seek such things, but instead, they seek only the dark, for in truth, too much light hurts the eyes.
Maybe I need to realize that people like their own self-imposed blindness, and if I have seen the proverbial light, I need to move on and not worry about whether or not people are sitting in congregations where their pastors refused to report years of child molestation committed by one individual on several, known, boys and several, suspected, others. If they so choose to do so, then so be it. If they decide to leave, I reckon – especially by the amount of search traffic related to this subject and the fact that I know where those searchers are – they know where I am at.
I think we might really sit down and explore the house church idea. Why? Namely because it prevents something rather close to the New Testament model. Further, it prevents, I hope, cliques from forming, leaders becoming dictators, and helps to further the gospel by creating a real network of those committed to transforming hearts and minds for Christ. We are commanded to go into all the world, but we really just go to a room with four walls a few hours out of the week.
We enjoy our Sunday morning time, with our reading, our discussion, our prayer, and our monthly communion, but we are not doing what I believe we are called to do, and that is to reach the world for Christ. Granted, that last phrase might have some different nuances for people, but for me, I believe we open our hearts and homes and show others Christ, not by laws and legalities, but by doing what Christ has done – bringing the light for the world to see. Surely, if anyone could have made the single Law to transform this world, He could have. He didn’t. Instead, He set the example and commanded us to do the same.
This morning, reading the Mosaic Devotional, we discussed what holiness is. Granted, some people simply don’t like holiness, but read James. Read Revelation. Read the New Testament. Our faith is not merely a belief, but a system of believing matched with works. We are called to be separate from this world. Granted, some people take this literal and live in communes, but honestly, do you really think that that is the intended meaning? Are you really living a set apart life?
The 11th Psalm:
For the choir director: A psalm of David. I trust in the LORD for protection. So why do you say to me, “Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!
The wicked are stringing their bows and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings. They shoot from the shadows at those whose hearts are right.
The foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?”
But the LORD is in his holy Temple; the LORD still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth.
The LORD examines both the righteous and the wicked. He hates those who love violence.
He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked, punishing them with scorching winds.
For the righteous LORD loves justice. The virtuous will see his face.
I plan on continuing exploring the Doctrine of Hell and Universal Restoration this week as well as publish my review on the NLT Life Recovery Bible. I cannot recommend this one enough, to be honest. I have a few more up my sleeve, and I hope to finally get around to exploring the Parting of the Ways. I doubt that last part, but we will see.
Enjoy the music!