My friend Bob has sent this weekly post from his pastor. You know me, I have to make some observations. I’ll include the entire musing from Pastor Tim, as a comment in order to keep this post from being too long, otherwise I will quote him with my observations within this post.
First: Tim has a good want:
“I want better people to populate that world”
This is a good want, it’s a godly want, and it only comes from a faith journey as Tim points out later, but what he points out first implies that good and evil are produced on the same tree. Although this can be true, still people emphasize one over the other mainly because of their beliefs and desires. Scripture seems to agree with Tim’s initial want — that good fruit grows on good trees. Tim states it this way:
[What] “The good people can and will do is awe-inspiring and can leave you just as speechless as the evil they can do. I have wept tears of grief and horror at the atrocities of humanity and I have wept tears of hope and gratitude at the kindness of humanity. Sometimes all in the same day.”
I think I understand what Tim, is saying here, but it raises questions in light of other things being said by him:
He promotes a Faith journey over Information: yet faith without the knowledge of the word can be easily misplaced. He says:
“information is not the answer to the problems that reside in our hearts it is our current time.”
I think he is saying that information is over emphasized in this current time, or he may be saying that our current is more important than information. I believe either position is incorrect. So, I have a mixed response to this statement that I will explain later. But with the following I totally agree:
“It’s’ living in the utter trust and surrender to the creator’s will for us selflessly that we find the promised shalom and abundant life our souls were created and endlessly long for.
So when I say I want better people to populate the world that my kids and grandkids need to live in I guess what I mean is that I want people who have found themselves transformed by the journey of faith. Humble people whose hearts have been broken by their own capacity for darkness and whose souls have been reborn by the grace they’ve found in their brokenness. Selfless people who know that they have been loved in spite of their darkness and so can love others in spite of their darkness. People of hope for what we can be and courage to take the journey.”
I have highlighted two things here in an an overall statement with which I fully agree, but which at the same time seems in conflict with Tim’s statement and his seeming concern over the information overuse. I say this, because, to get to faith and a new heart, and the goodness they produce, we need to Know, as Tim points out in his statement, but in order for one to know, it requires knowledge or information. Knowledge of truth, even the truth concerning what evil really is, which most people won’t even acknowledge today; and Biblical knowledge is the only way that we can know.
Tim’s own musings carry with them the purpose of communicating a knowledge with a purpose. I would say that this age or time in history is promoting the information and knowledge of what is an acceptance of evil, rather than that of goodness; because the truth or the knowledge of God and His word is being rejected, or as we are hearing today is being cancelled. We can want these end results, which I fully agree with Tim about, but we cannot arrive at this conclusion within people without their proper understanding of truth or information being made known or communicated to all about their sin, and that comes in the form of information or knowledge about all sin. And unfortunately it is the understanding today of what is “Truth” that divides this country. When evil becomes the unchecked desire of man’s heart, the world is topsy-turvy. Cancelling anything and anybody with which or with whom we disagree, because they are promoting the knowledge of good and the truth about sin and evil, only found within scripture, is really our current problem. When men in large numbers decide for evil over God’s good; then there is nothing left but the destruction that we see going on in our communities; the attacks on what is good from within our institutions, including our schools,and often our churches; the weakened military with the propaganda against God’s values concerning His creation; and this all together is leading to the removal of God’s blessings, and the coming of His judgment. There needs to be first the knowledge that these things must be stopped by good Godly men. But it is my belief that until we are weeping over our own misplaced understanding of how our failure to see how much we ourselves are hurting God and causing Him to weep; then there is no hope. He sees all of us with a log in our own eye, and a disdain for others sin. This site loss on the part of most Christians needs removing and that removal is called revival. And it is necessary before we can ever reach the end result that Tim seeks. — good people…
We live in an imperfect world. But, up until now a world which because of free speech allowed man the choice between good and evil. More and more in our day we are looking only for politically correct speech, which is intended to limit the information to the good side of knowledge, while advancing the knowledge of evil, and the acceptance of sin.
If the Tim’s of this world are unwilling to use the courage of which he speaks to promote the knowledge needed to cause men to reflect properly on their own evil side and opt for what God offers to promote their good side; then there will be less and not more goodness in this world.
For a rather large part of the church to accept that only certain skin colors harbor evil; and that only certain lives matter; and that only certain political views must be cancelled out and caused to have no voice, is not going to lead Tim to what he desires for his grandchildren. Now maybe he knows this, and maybe I’m misunderstanding him, but this is not what I get from his musings. God speaks here to Tim’s and to our desire as well, because we as believers are all ministers. We are all a part of His holy priesthood:
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (NASB1995)
Praying for myself to have clear vision and Hearing from Father God. Praying for all those desiring good to wake up. And for those seeking for forgiveness for their sin, to come to know just how much Jesus loved them to die for them even while they were disregarding Him. And for those who do not know that they have sinned to find that truth before it is too late.
Sharing Pastor Tim’s musings
I’ll be 63 in October.
While I am somewhat surprised by the speed at which I have arrived at this number I don’t care about the number itself. Somewhere long ago I decided that you can’t really do anything about getting older so there is no use fretting over it. Apparently, my creator planned all of my days before I was born and my job is to serve him the best I can in whatever days I have. My observation is that age, as it turns out and somewhat contrary to what I was told as a child, is a number that mostly corresponds to physical maturity and has little or no correlation to any other kind of maturity. I have known 20 somethings who were mature well beyond their years and 80-year-olds who for all appearances never really made it much past 12 on the inside. I’m assuming you have observed the same things.
But what 63 has brought me to is the age of grandchildren. The number is currently 5 with 6 due in early December.
What my designation as Grandpap has brought me is a deep desire for a better world for my kids and grandkids to live in.
When I am talking about wanting a better world for them to live in it should be noted that I am not talking about “world” in terms of a better planet. The planet we have is amazing, wonderful, and fully capable of meeting all of their needs. While the world does pose a certain degree of danger inherent with living on it, those natural hurts are not the ills I worry about. The ills of the world that I am worried about are not caused by any deficiency in the planet.
The ills I am worried about are all related to people. Let’s face it, you don’t need to be an alien visiting our planet to see that most of the ills in the world that a Grandpap would worry about are caused by people. You don’t have to look far to see the damage we inflict on each other. Our capacity for selfishness, oppression, lust, cruelty, indifference, and the harming of others has been witnessed in every age and in every place from the time Adam and Eve left Eden until today. Our lust for power and control over our world and those in it have caused immense harm in every sphere from the nuclear family to nations. The evidence of the capacity of people to inflict harm on the world and the people around them is overwhelming.
So the truth is that what I mean when I say that I want a better world for my kids and grandkids to live in is that I want better people to populate that world.
Because while it is true that the evidence of our capacity to inflict great harm is overwhelming it is also true that the evidence of the capacity of people to do great good is also overwhelming. People can and often are loving, selfless, helpful, generous, humble, kind, and take great pains to care for and nurture each other and the world around them. The good people can and will do is awe-inspiring and can leave you just as speechless as the evil they can do. I have wept tears of grief and horror at the atrocities of humanity and I have wept tears of hope and gratitude at the kindness of humanity. Sometimes all in the same day.
I believe that all of the tools to help people leave behind their lower selfish nature and its inherent harm and build up their higher loving nature are found in the journey of faith.
The journey of faith is so much more than having the right information. If there was ever a period in history that proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that information is not the answer to the problems that reside in our hearts it is our current time.
The journey of faith begins as we encounter our creator’s good intention for us. He sets our feet on the path that leads us to confront and confess our darkness. It’s in the grace we find as we process our darkness in the creator’s goodness, presence and power that makes us both humble and new. In that new life, we find the anchor in the creator’s love and power to find the courage to live selflessly. It’s’ living in the utter trust and surrender to the creator’s will for us selflessly that we find the promised shalom and abundant life our souls were created and endlessly long for.
So when I say I want better people to populate the world that my kids and grandkids need to live in I guess what I mean is that I want people who have found themselves transformed by the journey of faith. Humble people whose hearts have been broken by their own capacity for darkness and whose souls have been reborn by the grace they’ve found in their brokenness. Selfless people who know that they have been loved in spite of their darkness and so can love others in spite of their darkness. People of hope for what we can be and courage to take the journey.
I will be 63 in October. Perhaps the one who created me will answer my heart’s longing to use whatever days are allowed to me to be an example to my kids, grandkids and the world of the kind of life and character that will indeed make this world a better place because we have been here and done the soul work required. Perhaps my journey with all of its grace and glory and stumbles and missteps can give them hope to persevere in their own journey. It is a high calling indeed.
May his name be praised.
Yours in the Journey,