Replacement Theology

Why do we have such a hard time letting God sit on His throne? I wasn’t sure if I should title this replacement theology or simply idolatry.¬† The point is that we seek to replace God with our own version of Him that suits our lifestyle. A straight forward approach to His word has suddenly become out of touch with culture. Can I tell you that God didn’t send his Son to earth to save culture or to fit neatly into societal norms.

“Wilt thou also disannul my judgement? Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?” (Job 40:8)

Let that verse sink in and process it. Are American Christians condemning God so they may be righteous? Our morals are changing as a society, but God’s morals are staying rock solid where they have always been. We don’t want to simply submit to His ways and bend our knee to his established version of good and evil. We break out our tools and begin crafting a new version of God that suits us a little better.

Can I tell you that you’re not going to have it both ways? You are going to serve the one true living God and be at enmity with the rest of the world and the rest of religion, or you are going to be serving an idol of God that you have created in your imagination and some fancy scripture twisting to ease your conscience.

This isn’t to say that you a Christian sets out to find a way to make war or start trouble with those around you, of course not. You set out to share the gospel, to love others, and to glorify God. The truth though is mutually exclusive.¬†Something cannot be true and false at the same time. Today moral relativism is running rampant. That may be right for you, but not for me. This line of reasoning ultimately leads to a world of meaninglessness that is void of destiny or purpose.

Denying our flesh and our desires to sin is a brutal task. Harder than any other task a man or woman (yes, it’s one or the other and that is all) can set their heart to undertake. Giving up your own way, especially if you feel like you’re in the right; or justified. Jesus left us an example though and some advice. “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:28)

Lets make sure we are all bearing our cross and pressing in the direction of Jesus and his commandments in the face of a culture that is seeking to redefine Him. My government said that it was ok will not hold up on judgement day.

I pray that God stokes our fire for holy living and intimacy with Him. God bless.

 

 

 

Americaveh

I would like to submit to the court exhibit A, Americaveh. She is a nation in a dirty dress. Filthy, vile, and worthy of hell. Funny thing about nations, they are just like people. Filthy, vile, and worthy of hell. That goes for all of us. We play the harlot with the world and then hope God will wink at our sin. No honorable judge would say, you killed, stole, and destroyed; but you’re a decent enough fellow that I’m not going to punish you. This is however the judgement we expect of God.

There is a gavel soon to fall on Americaveh, and once the judgement is pronounced none will stay the bailiff and the orderlies from carrying it out to the fullest. What will stay His hand? What will sway His mind? REPENT.

“And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.” (Jonah 3:10) Obviously we can’t preserve our nation forever, the world has an end. We can however prolong the destruction of it through righteous living. Yes God eventually destroyed Nineveh, but the judgement was delayed because they repented of their evil works.

If you are reading this as a Christian ask yourself some questions. Where is my heart? What do I give my time to? How often do I pray, how often do I read my bible? Do I practice things that are clearly lined out as sin in the bible? If you are reading this as a non-believer ask yourself some questions. How did we get here? What is the meaning of life? Where are we going? Is there good evidence that I was created or that I grew up from space ooze riding on a comet? Have I honestly considered the claims made by the very real historical Jesus of Nazareth? How does his life impact my own and my answers to previous questions?

Let us all examine our hearts before the Lord and ask Him to show us our own wickedness. Repent of these deeds and turn to the Lord. You may object that you are in too deep and you have no way out, you simply aren’t able to stop committing the sins you are caught up in. I would whole heartedly agree with you. I’m not asking you to “stop sinning”, I’m asking you to let God show you how to start living.

Authors note: Americaveh was my play on Nineveh. I sometimes write odd things that I think in my head without any background for my reader, sorry about that.