Stand for Nothing – Fall for Anything

In today’s faced paced information driven society, we are easily fixated on media.  The internet, TV, radio and books  – none are short on opinions, ideas and “answers” to just about any life question imaginable. But who’s right, what’s right – what is the truth? It amazes me how many different “opinions”, ideas and “truths” are out there.  Can every answer be right? There is one set of questions however, that seems to have more opinions and answers than any other … What does God want from me?  What must I do to please Him? Do all road’s lead to God? It seems to me the reason why these questions have so many individual opinions and answers is we try to answer them not based upon what God says from His “instruction manual” (The Bible), but on what we think He wants – what we should be doing to please Him.  With this kind of thinking, I can also see why this is one of the main reasons there are so many “religions” in existence today.  If you get to the root of ‘religion’ – it is merely our way of trying to justify ourselves (or make ourselves acceptable or pleasing) before God. Too often, we make God out to be this un-fathomable, disconnected, complicated “wizard” that sits behind a curtain controlling the world from a switchboard (yes, kind of like the Wizard of Oz). However, contrary to popular social and cultural beliefs, God is not complicated.  The Bible says that He is a God of order and everything He does is done with purpose, value and intention.  We are the ones that make Him complicated and “unreachable”.

The other day at work, I was talking with a co-worker who told me that watching too many science programs has created doubt in his mind as to who God really is.  He feels like he’s currently in limbo on what He believes to be truth about creation, the value of life and the existence of an afterlife – he’s not sure.  In fact when I asked what he believes, he just said that this life on earth is all we have – make the best of it for yourself because when we are gone, we are just gone. He allowed other influences to chip away at what he knew at one time to be the truth.  I am saddened for him and have and will continue praying for him.  Many people are in a similar place though – confused and unsure about God.  “If I can’t understand Him and He doesn’t make sense, I’m just not going to believe in anything specific – I’ll just keep and ‘open mind’ toward everything.”  The problem with that is “everything” can’t be right and keeping an ‘open mind’ just means that we are letting everything in – we have no ‘filters’ to help us determine truth from lies.  So, we end up with a mind like a blender, swirling everything together – the good, the bad and the ugly.  This creates nothing but confusion (living in life’s gray areas where anything is permissible), ‘fair weather’ thinking and a moral numbness to what is right and wrong. Alexander Hamilton was once quoted as saying “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”

God created us for much more than just an existence of ‘fair weather’ thinking and living in life’s ‘gray areas’.  “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. Deuteronomy 30:19.  God followed up this up in  John 14:6, when Jesus stated I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” God does not have many truths – many ways to Him – many ways of right living – He has just one – Jesus.  God is not disconnected, complicated and unreachable.  He’s made his plan and calling for each of us simple and unchanging – again, it’s Jesus.  I thank God that He did create only one way to Him.  That makes life so much simpler and ‘black & white’. I don’t have to guess and hope I’m on the right path, take a poll or go with the latest social religion – it’s just Jesus.  Simply Jesus.

For more on God’s purpose in our lives, see Blog Topics ‘Surrender’ and ‘Battle Plans’

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