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I pity the fool

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To the people of this great land who believe you’ve made it as far in life as you have without God, you are to be pitied.

To the ones who say, “Leave me alone; I don’t need anyone telling me how wrong I am…”, you are to be pitied.

Jesus told the apostle John to write this to the Laodicean church: “Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked…'” (Revelation 3:17 NASB)

The word “miserable” means “to be pitied”. In other words, “You don’t know you are to be pitied, because you are lost in your own self effort, your own greatness, your own self sufficiency.”

Unfortunately, this describes too many of us in this land. And yes, too many within the church.

After all, why should we petition God about anything when we already have everything?

Why would we even consider joining with others in a city wide outreach, when our programs are already so effective?

And why should we give God access to our bank account? Hey, weren’t we the ones who earned the money with our own blood, sweat, and tears?

To those who have it all together, attend the perfect church, with the perfect pastor, the perfect music, and the best facilities in town…

You are to be pitied, if your trust isn’t in God.

Or, as Mr. T likes to say, “…pity the fool!”

It is foolish to think we’re wiser, stronger, and better informed than God Almighty.

It’s foolish to believe God doesn’t exist. “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’…” (Psalm 14:1 NASB)

And it makes no since whatsoever to not believe in God, yet turn right around and order your life as though you ARE God.

Unfortunately, it’s not only atheists who play along with that kind of foolishness. Sometimes we in the church can act just as foolish.

I believe the Laodicean church is a type, a picture, of a last days church. Not the only one, as I believe the Philadelphian church is as well.

Two churches; one in love with Jesus, the other in love with themselves.

One content with God’s ability as revealed through His word, the other with their own ability as revealed in their words, “We have all we need.”

The Lord called those full of themselves “miserable”, “pitiable”.

Foolish.

The promise to the miserable is reproof and discipline; to try and break the heart full of pride.

Pity isn’t the same as mercy. The Lord is merciful to those who seek Him, but He casts aside the proud.

The Lord helps those who call upon Him, but He pushes away those who’ve kept Him at a distance.

It’s time to lay aside our self sufficiency and look to the Lord.

He really is all we need.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

That’s Some Serious Believing!

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I’m a little bit puzzled.

I hear people boast about not believing in God. Why? Is it a sign of strength, maturity, or independence? Is it an admirable quality; one that should be added to the Six Pillars of Character?

Let’s see if you can follow my line of reasoning for just a moment.

In some countries, people who choose to become a Jesus follower do so with great persecution. They risk everything they have for the kingdom of God. And that level of commitment for what they believe sustains them through anything. “They overcame by the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives even to death.” (Revelation 12:11)

That’s some serious believing.

Up to now, in the land of the free and home of the brave, we haven’t had to endure that level of persecution. Oh, things aren’t perfect by any means, but outside of Christians being ridiculed by special groups of God haters, things are relatively easy for us American Christians.

And you know what? Sometimes Christians act funny and ask for the extra attention.

Okay. Back to my puzzle.

If persecution and tribulation can help Christ followers whittle down their opinions and traditions to what they really believe, enough to even die for if necessary, will persecution and tribulation have the same pruning effect on atheists? Or how about with people who say they believe in God but don’t want to submit to God’s rule?

What do you think?

There’s coming a time when everyone on earth will be tested! Believe it or not. It will happen.

People who believe in God’s way will have the opportunity to prove it.

And there will be hell to pay as a result.

AND, during that SAME PERIOD OF TIME those who don’t want anything to with God will have the opportunity to back up their arrogance with action!

Only those folks will have Heaven to pay. Look at the next two passages:

I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as red as blood. Then the stars of the sky fell to the earth like green figs falling from a tree shaken by a strong wind. The sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all of the mountains and islands were moved from their places. Then everyone – the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the wealthy, the powerful, and every slave and free person – all hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. And they cried to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to survive. (Revelation 6:12 – 6:17 NLT)

One-third of all the people on earth were killed by these three plagues – by the fire and smoke and burning sulfur that came from the mouths of the horses. Their power was in their mouths and in their tails. For their tails had heads like snakes, with the power to injure people.

But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to repent of their evil deeds and turn to God. They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood – idols that can neither see nor hear nor walk! And they did not repent of their murders or their witchcraft or their sexual immorality or their thefts (Revelation 9:18 – 9:21 NLT)

I’ve got to hand to those folks! Though they recognize Who’s giving them what for, they still raise their voice in defiance to God.

Incredible!

One-third of earth’s population wiped out. Many others are just barely surviving. Yet the stalwart rebels, even in the face of extreme persecution, stand for what they believe. Or is it what they don’t believe?

Imagine what could be done if believers believed as stubbornly as atheists and God haters.

Yep, that’s some serious believing.

Four Questions for Atheists and Agnostics

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Calling all atheists and agnostics. May I ask you a question?

Okay, maybe four.

What do, or who do, you believe in since you don’t believe in God?

Is it hard to accept the death of a loved one?

Was there ever a time in your life when you believed in God, or in a higher power?

If so, what happened? Did you just grow out of believing, or did something/someone disappoint or hurt you? You may be as specific as you’d like.

Some questions will always remain unanswered. But some questions have never been answered simply because they’ve never been asked.

People allow hurts and disappointment to steal any semblance of hope and faith because they are either afraid to question their feelings, their situation, or the authority figure in their life.

Not asking results in not receiving.

Not seeking ends with not finding.

Don’t knock, and you’ll always stay on the outside.

And if you don’t receive or find, or if you find yourself always on the outside of a relationship with God, it’s not because there is no God.

So let’s talk about it. Would you please, first, ask yourself the above questions?

Then, if you still would like to dialogue with me, please do so in the comment section of this post.

Thanks.

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