Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Is God In Love?

Have you ever looked back on your life and realized that specific moments were so obviously planned out and not by you? Times when you just kept running into the same person/people and eventually something just happened involving you and them, or unfortunately for some, something didn't happen involving you and them. Looking back at life, do you ever recall moments where you just know that without that particular part of your life you would not be the person you are today, for the good or the bad. Well as I was dwelling in my past earlier, I found what seemed to be God in the midst of turbulence, and I felt it worth sharing.

I was once in love. I loved this woman deeply. I cared for her in ways she did not particularly care for. My concern for her spiritually was misled to a great degree, but the reality is that I loved this woman so much that I asked God for something that I can't even comprehend. I prayed my salvation be hers, and the guilt of her sin be my own. My life is actually completely God's. I have nothing but Christ, and Jesus IS my life [Galatians 2:20] My prayer was for ALL of that to be transferred to her. I was once in love.

There came a time when it was no longer I who caught her eye. I was no longer the object of her affection. I called to her, and she wouldn't respond. Then she did to me what couldn't have hurt more, she gave me back my letters. My poems, notes, stories, as odd an badly written as they may have been, were returned to me, she no longer wanted them. Here is where the imagery gets deep. She gave me back my Word. I had given my scripture, and she preferred something else.

Question. Who is Jesus? Jesus is the Word. Scripture is the written Word and it speaks of Him. Jesus is the Word made flesh, the exact representation of God. When the world was spoken into being, He was the Words spoken. When the scribes were penning the books of the Bible, He was their message. "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son..." God gave His Word, and His word was this one promise, "...that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."

The Father's Love Letter, was His Son. Scripture had to be fulfilled, and it pleased God to crush His Son that many would be saved. However, as I think back to how I felt when my Words were returned to me, I can't help but think maybe there is something of what God feels in there. God gives His Son, His Word, the Promise of life everlasting. He does what pleases Him and yet He takes no pleasure when people perish (Ezekiel 18:23) He does not want anyone to be without Him, and yet so many reject Jesus, and hand God back His Word to Him.

I once heard a preacher say that God loves unbelievers differently than He does believers. It makes sense, when we think of Jesus being the Bridegroom and the Church being His Bride. How could we say we love one person as deeply or even more so than our own spouse? A claim like that would make God out to be an adulterer or polygamist and that is something He simply is not. He is however full of Grace. Every breath is a blessing and every moment should leave us in awe simply because He has yet to do away with us in our sin. God loves all, but He will not remain with all forever. It is not His desire for that to be the case, no that is actually our desire, to be without God. We let Him know, every time we give Him back His Word.

1 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. [Romans 9:1-5]

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Who are We? [Spoken Word]

What have I created?
What have I done?
Who is this before me?
Who have I become?

I was just wondering if there is as much that goes into making a tree, in quantity, than there is that goes into making a dream. I wondered if you or I had any idea to the like and we do, a lie, whether loose lipped or tight fit there is quite a bit that goes into what we've made. Have we ever thought about what a price there is to be paid for stories spun and with every lyric of our lie sung comes the increased potential of destroying lives. Some don't even have the chance to realize the one it already has.

What have I created?
What have I done?
Who is this before me?
Who have I become?

And I was once lied to when they told me time heals all wounds, buffoons! There is a swift head kick that looms in the wait for the believer of that faith and I don't mean to offend but rather to put you on to defensive because if I get shot the time clock will tick tock me into eternity, and that person will have murdered me too. To this Scar is proof but I am more than Simba though I have my Lion King. Every stroke of pen that outlines my existence and each brush of color speaks to the insistence of Him. What hope can come from searching within if I am the product, the picture on the pad following His pen.

What have I created?
What have I done?
Who is this before me?
Who have I become?

When I hold her, all the metaphors manifest and all I though of interest just doesn't seem interesting. In her eyes is such a deep sense of centering. If this were the place I lived then she would be where I stay. Awe and wonder, amazement abounds. Description doesn't do its duty for there are no words to be found. Yet there is a burden of sound that blocks me from listening, the worries of life and all of its conditioning, my purpose being driven off by difficult decisioning, it seems she can be misplaced because of my positioning. Will she know when I go that she will be what I miss most?...from the twinkle in her eyes to the twinkle of her toes. From when she was being knitted to when she first started to show LORD will she know YOU, when I go?

What have I created?
What have I done?
Who is this before me?
Who have I become?

What have I created? What have I even planned? What could I have ever built? I did not even construct these hands.
What have I done? When have I ever started? When I had just begun 87 had just parted.
Who is this before me? Many men of but one face. None of whom could stand this day if it weren't but for God's grace.
Who have I become? A sinner turned a saint. All of which impossible unless my JESUS, He saves.

Monday, June 6, 2011

They Burned A Holy DVD!

I haven't stepped into religious debate in some time, but I find it a very interesting thought, "what to make of burning the Quran?" Does the Christian claim it wrong on account of emotions? Do we love our enemy less by destroying what is most precious to them? Is it not in their best interest to remove that which is most distracting them from worship of the Lord?

Didn't Jesus tell a rich young man to sell all he had and follow Him? Would we leave a video game addict with their gaming systems, or a porn addict with their materials, or a drug addict with their drugs? Is there not something similar between sin and addiction? Are they not both robbing God of worship?

Furthermore, sometimes the very thing a person needs is to be separated from that which they care for the most. If we strip back everything in this world, would we not have easier access to the knowledge Paul had when he wrote of all things being as rubbish in comparison to knowing Christ? What is the difference between converting ALL muslims to Christ and removing their book from them if the result or intention is to eliminate that which robs God of His Glory through Jesus? Is it not comparable to removing all secular music albums, pornographic materials, and narcotic influences from the hands of those who promote/follow/worship them? Or is the condition of man as, and I believe it was Spurgeon who said this, "an idol factory" in constant need of worship whether giving or receiving.

You may think me a bigot, and I don't know how my words might flow out had I not had this platform of written word to stand on, but that is not of my concern when writing this. There are several areas I'd love to investigate and argue. Areas such as the origin and compilations of the Quran, and the matter or degree of Truth within any given area of life or other religious/world view, if we can actually separate our emotions from our intellect in an honest seeking after Truth. But for now, my hope is this, that we seek understanding.

I am in no position to claim total knowledge, but then again no person truly is, and that doesn't stop us from claiming truth everyday does it? I am hoping that we would be able to step back for a moment and really evaluate ourselves. Are we really believing what we believe or do we just do as we are told? When I come to evaluate myself and my faith, I find most often that they do not go hand in hand, and yet the Faith I proclaim calls itself the very bridge to that gap. I am a sinner in my eyes and in the eyes of all around me. I fail, I fall, I am wicked and selfish, but I am no longer condemned for this. Do I participate in sin any longer? By no means! I am apart from the condemnation and it is my heart to seek not to sin any further. If I am to sin, it is this flesh and my cleaving onto the world which is my weakness, but my strength is in Him who died for me. Jesus on the Cross separates my sin from my self and I am made new. I am made His. I am made no longer a sinner, but a saint.

My dilemma. Many people see no need for this. Many people have no concept of sin or even of God let alone our Christ. If I believe that all are under the same condition as I, and I am free by means of Jesus alone and faith in Him alone, then am I not obligated under sheer decency aside from the Command of God to let them know about it?

And what of those who distort that message? Well, in thinking of who is Jesus, isn't that all I've been writing about?