Tuesday, June 8, 2010

wretchedness in us and the world

While not a "new age" type, I nonetheless find some wise counsel in the words of Dr. Andrew Weil (alternative medicine guru to the "harmonic convergence" community.) Dr. Weil suggests we all take "news breaks", because he believes all the bad media is toxic to our bodies. I tend to agree, as I know how I feel after reading the paper or watching the latest news on TV. We are poisoning our minds and souls with the toxins of a corrupt and dark world, when we should spending more time reflecting on our Holy God. Read The Imitation of Christ, Book I, chapter 22 for further reflection.

On a related note; negative conversation, criticizing talk and gossip are all like the yeast of the Pharisees. It infects everything and drags us down. Better to talk of the things of God and be lifted up.

This brings me to another thing I sensed the Spirit speaking to my heart this morning during quiet time. Too often as "church" we belabor or committee things to death, failing to make decisions for our own good or that of our congregations. Even Moses had to ask for help and delegate as God prompted, so we also should seek God's wisdom and guidance in more efficient manner. Better that two or three faithful elders would meet, discuss and seek God's guidance, then, act on behalf of the whole.

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with caution and waiting upon the Lord . . . but, when He speaks we should be swift to move and not spend the next six months debating His direction. Delay can mean being "swallowed up by a whale" or worse. Will we deliberate until a young man takes his own life before we start a support group for those suffering from depression? Will we procrastinate offering support to struggling marriages until they break completely? Will we meet in committees until that young person "cuts" to deep this time?

Delay, procrastination, deliberation, debate in the face of God's direction are all the yeast of the Pharisees. Resolve today to DO as Christ commands with all authority . . . . Go, be His love and light wherever He sends you.

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