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On the way home from AWANA last evening, my little man Tate rode in the front seat with me (yes, the air bag was ‘off’).  He’s my thinker, my joker, my talker, you name it.  I enjoy a good conversation with him.  So, as we made the way from Toledo to our home, I wasn’t surprised that a song from the CD sparked some questions from him.

Why did the Israelites have to destroy the people in Canaan?

Why did the Canaanites worship other gods?

How come they couldn’t live together as friends?

That was just a sampling of the conversation that flowed as Jamie Soles and his family sang about the Old Testament in the background.  These are difficult questions to explain to an eight-year-old because in our human minds it seems “mean” that God would tell His children to do these things.  Yet, as I spoke to Tate, I kept bringing to mind this scripture:

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.  Isaiah 55: 8-9

and this one too:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3: 5-6

As I forged ahead in my comments with Tate, I realized how applicable God’s words to the Israelites really are to us today.  How?  Well, some of the biggest spiritual stumbles in the friends I’ve had, and even in my own life, particularly in college, were when we befriended someone who didn’t follow the Lord.  In my case, I began liking people, hanging around them, listening to their ideas, agreeing with their ideas because I liked them, and eventually forsaking my earlier beliefs.  Thanks to the tremendous mercy of God, Christ-followers spoke Truth into my life and my heart was soft enough to return to His ways, but this is not always the case.  Some continue stiff-necked into their own interpretations of the Word…”this person is so sincere and loving!  Surely, God didn’t really mean it when He said…”, and soon they are following their own wisdom and turning from God’s ways.  Like the Israelites, we begin adopting “gods” or “idols” of the culture.  We begin to second-guess what God has said in the Scriptures.  We begin to use our own wisdom in the circumstances.  I see this each and every day among Christians.  We have become more and more assimilated in “our Canaan” and we have begun to believe in our culture’s ways above our God’s.

If they’re happy, then I don’t see why they can’t get married.

They should have legal rights just like we do, regardless of their sexual orientation.

The mother should have the right to do as she chooses and not be told what to do.

God will forgive us.

Maybe my way (rather, God’s way) isn’t the only right one?

As we surround ourselves with the wisdom of the culture, we will begin falling away from God.  We are no different from the Israelites.  Do we honestly think we are?  Do we think that we can hang with the world and remain unaffected?  We are fooling ourselves!  God’s Word says:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  Romans 12: 2

We do live in a different time than the Israelites.  We are certainly NOT to destroy those who are different from us nor are we to never befriend someone who doesn’t know Christ.  However, we must incorporate the wisdom of 2 Corinthians 6: 14 and not be unequally yoked with unbelievers for what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?  As you befriend unbelievers, have the purpose of sharing the hope of Christ.  Be on guard and pray for protection from the lies of this world.  Be filled with the Holy Spirit so you can earnestly love them.  But, don’t become like them.  There is no eternal hope in that.  The principle remains for God’s people to be holy, to be pure.  Let’s be very mindful of what we surround ourselves with–what are we hearing?  watching?  loving?  believing? If any of it is contrary to the Word of God, cut it off.

Renew your mind with the Truth of the Bible and be strengthened by Him as you build the Kingdom of God!

Love, Wendy

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Finishing The Hunger Games trilogy last evening left my mind mulling over the themes and highlights of the three-book series.  Recently, I posted on the importance for a story to deal with human depravity and man’s need for a Savior (see Redemption!).  Personally, I find that we should not shy away from books because they may describe sins that are horrid or disgusting.  If anything, this reminds us how horrid and disgusting sin actually is!  Of course, I don’t think we need to glorify that sin and parents should be mindful of what they’re children are reading…but, we must be aware of just how bad sin really is.  Because without that understanding, there will be no aching for a Savior or Redeemer of those sins.  While I’m writing about sins in a storybook, I’m speaking about our very own sins in our very own stories.  As we read about the sins of others, whether in a book like The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies, or even in the Word of God, we must realize our very own sins…and be repulsed by them as well.  

Back to the themes and highlights of The Hunger Games, though.  These games were orchestrated by the government of the fictional country, Panem.  In order to deter its citizens from ever rebelling against the Capitol again, the adults in power deemed the games be played, by children of the various districts of Panem, on an annual basis.  Children 12-18 years of age must fight against one another to the death.  The entire country must watch the events unfold until only one child is left standing.   It’s kind of like a reality TV show gone mad.  However, the underlying theme is that the children are expendable as long as the Capitol is in control and things are running smoothly.  Children are used as a piece in the game that these adults have created.  As the series continues, though, rebellion does indeed arise.  After much action-packed drama, the final proposal by one in power is to have one last Hunger Game in order to settle the war.  It seems that the adults of Panem cannot think outside the box of “sacrifice your children in order to settle your differences”.

Hideous concept, isn’t it?  Stick a bunch of children into an arena, televise them while they fight to the finish, then celebrate the ultimate killer, em, victor.  It’s extreme, no doubt, but as I contemplated these themes from the book, I couldn’t help but think of how America “sacrifices our children in order to settle our differences”.

Abortion.  Daily, Americans play a “game” where women enter abortion clinics and undergo “procedures” where their wombs are emptied of a living child.  Usually, this living child is called a fetus or a blob of cells or a mass, but we all know that what is inside her womb will be a newborn baby in nine months, a toddler in two years, a kindergartner in five, a teenager in thirteen, a young man or woman ready to marry in about twenty, etc.  Yet, because being pregnant doesn’t work for the adult, the child is sacrificed.

Children are sacrificed in order to settle other differences too.  Politically, they can often become pawns in the educational system.  They may be neglected by parents seeking self over family.  These things don’t just happen on the pages of a book.  You could say the hunger games and other sins against children are “fictional, yet inspired by events of real life”.

Those in Christ must not be conformed to this world, though.  We must be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  While America, not so unlike Panem, may tell us that sacrificing our children–in whatever form that may take–is worthwhile to settle whatever differences we may have, the Word of God renews our mind with the absolute Truth.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord.  The fruit of the womb is a reward.  Psalm 127

…”Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.”  Mark 10: 14

Love, Wendy

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1.5 million babies

After the election my dad and I had a conversation.  Dad was sharing about an exchange with a friend who voted for Obama.  Dad asked this friend how he could vote for Obama since the President-Elect’s position is pro-choice and not pro-life.  This friend said that the issue of abortion did not even enter his mind.

1.5 million unborn children who did not live to see their mother’s face.  To be held by a loving touch.  To breathe a single breath.  1.5 million babies killed each year because of abortion in our country.  This should outrage every person in the world!!  How is it possible that we can ignore this kind of statistic?!?!  That is like ignoring FIVE HUNDRED World Trade Center attacks every single year!!!!  (Wikipedia has the number estimated at 3,000 killed at the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center)

I want to make it clear that I fully intend to submit to President-Elect Barack Obama because this is what the Lord has instructed us to do in Romans 13.  I was encouraged recently to read that one of our past presidents (was it Chester Arthur?) was pro-slavery when he was elected to the White House, but became anti-slavery during his presidency.  The power of prayer can certainly change the heart of Obama regarding his stance on unborn babies’ right to live too.  I do not want to be one of those people who hate their president (like the many who were downright rude and disrespectful towards George W. Bush).  From “Up From Slavery” by Booker T. Washington (publ. 1901) the following wisdom still rings true:

I learned the lesson that great men cultivate love, and that only little men cherish a spirit of hatred.

While submitting to President-Elect Obama, I will also be submitting to the One in ultimate control and because of this I will be praying fervently for the right to life for unborn babies, older people, disabled, etc.  We can’t just “ignore” the subject of abortion.  American Christians must follow the example of Daniel (Daniel 9) where he prays for His people.  He includes himself in the prayer of confession and this is what we must do as American Christians for our country.  We must accept our guilt and confess.  Our great hope from this is that our God is merciful and He removes the sin and gives us the ability to overcome this sin. 

 

Join together in earnest prayer on behalf of our nation.  Stop allowing our unborn children to be sacrificed to the arms of Molech (as in Leviticus 18).  We can’t continue receiving the blessings of America and overlook the fact that the cursings will fall upon us as well.  Stand up, stand firm and speak out on behalf of something so very precious to God, the Creator!

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