Three Thoughts as We Wind Down 2016
Winding down on another year and there is so much to reflect and comment on. However for this time I would like to address three things.
Firstly, I must say I am amazed how many professed believers continue to celebrate Halloween and facilitate and encourage their children to do so also. I would remind us that we are called to be separate from the world and there is no provision in our walk to accommodate embracing celebrations rooted in pagan mystic cultures, no matter how popular or innocent fun it’s proclaimed to be. When we open ourselves to the occult whether it be halloween, zodiac, numerology or any seemingly inconsequential practices, it cannot be good. Know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough and it’s indeed the little foxes that ruin the whole vineyard. Rather that learning the ways of the world lets stand for Christ and be effective witnesses of his leading the world out of darkness into his marvelous light. Its very difficult to make an appeal for Christ if there is no difference between you and the world. Be in the world but not of the world, make sure we are holding true to our calling.
Secondly, I’ve been reflecting on not only how important it is to give God of our resources and all he has blessed us with but to include ourselves in that giving. When we are presenting our bodies as living sacrifices to God we should remember to give him the first of our time in prayer, as well as reading, studying and meditating upon his word. We should be gladly giving of our time in fellowship, hospitality and out reach. All of these sacrifices are just as important as the sacrifices of giving of your monetary first fruits.
Thirdly, this election season has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous and God’s people should keep their wits about them and keep their focus on who will implement policies and that will bring about justice and helping the least of these. We must look past the rhetoric and propaganda of the political machine, do our due diligence, investigate allegations and accusations if you are concerned the might have merit. We live in an information age and we have resources at our disposal to make informed decisions and we have no excuse for not doing so. Read, discuss and stay informed.