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The Weekly Focal Point - November 7

  • 2013 Nov 07
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A Disconnect

Many say they love God, and yet are seemingly indifferent about the departure from and rebellion against the principles and precepts of God’s word that we see all around us. “To each his own,” “Live and let live,” “We can’t cram our convictions down other people’s throats,” you’ll hear them say. And yet the claim of sincere love coexisting with complete indifference toward mutiny against someone would be an unthinkable pairing in any other arena of life. If you sincerely love your wife, while her work is being maligned, her home is being ridiculed, or her car is being vandalized, you certainly wouldn’t shrug your shoulders and say, “Everyone’s got a right to their own opinions.” You would naturally feel indignant, repulsed, and stirred to defend the things she has created, promoted, and cared for. Perhaps that is the crux of the disconnect for modern Christians—we simply don’t see how God’s commands relate to the God we love. Maybe the problem is that we fail to see how God has personally and intimately expressed himself in the instructions found in his eternal word. Instead of displaying passivity, those in the past who clearly saw this connection wrote: “Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked who forsake your law,” “My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law,” and “I look at the faithless with disgust because they do not keep your commands” (Psalm 119: 53136, 158) . Of course we must be careful how we manage these kinds of feelings, being sure to never express them in sinful ways, but we also should never expect to truly love God without experiencing them.

-- Pastor Mike

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