“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31, King James Version

Following Jesus – Not a Buffet

I couldn’t think of a catchy title for this post. The only thing I can equate it to would be a meal at your local Golden Corral, before Covid shut them all down. At least I think they are all still closed because of Covid. The one near my house says “Reopening Soon!” on the sign, but it has said that now more months!

Anyways…I want to talk in this post about something I’m sure everyone has seen flooding your social media feeds. At least if you live in the United States, or you have contacts on your social media that live in America, you’ve more than likely seen the posts regarding the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) memorandum regarding the 1973 case known as Roe vs. Wade. Most know it for the outcome or ruling, which stated abortion is a right granted under the United States Constitution. The memorandum that was leaked this week seems to say the ruling may be overturned and the legality of abortion would rest on the individual State governments. So at least here in New York, nothing will change.

I have to laugh as I’ve scrolled through social media this week. It’s almost as if a higher power (not God) plants these things to watch how society reacts. You know what I mean; things are quiet for a while, so someone somewhere decides it’s time to drop something controversial so they can sit back in their tall leather chair and chuckle at how people respond. You’d think eventually we would catch on, learn our lesson, and not buy into the agenda. But we are like blind sheep running around and we fall for it each time. It’s like watching a bug lamp outside in the summer. You see a mosquito fly into it and get disintegrated. You’d think that maybe the other bugs flying around would see what just happened to their buddy, and go the opposite direction. But no, one after another they fly into the lamp and suffer the same fate as those before them. Meanwhile, us humans sit there in amusement as we watch. I think the same thing is happening in society.

But while I laugh at some of the things that get us all spun up and on our social media soapboxes, I also have to cry a little on the inside. Some things should not be. For instance, the lashing out at others via social media. It’s sad if you think about. Now there’s nothing wrong with feeling very passionate about something, but there is something completely wrong with taking that passion and allowing it to take control of you, to the point where you’re willing to lose friendships or relationships with family members because they have an opposing view.

Since I already mentioned Roe vs. Wade, and because that is the hot topic for this week, I will touch a little on that. I have friends and family members that fall on the far left and right of this spectrum. I also have some that fall somewhere in the middle, and they don’t ever really talk about the topic because it’s just not relevant to them. Now I know this post isn’t going to change anybody’s mind. I’m not writing things that those who are pro-life or pro-choice have never heard before.

The Bible is certainly clear on many things. While the word “abortion” is never mentioned in God’s Word, we can read it and come away knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt that human life was and is made in the image of God. We can know that God is omnipotent and unable to make a mistake. And as Christian’s, we can have confidence that the work God starts, He will finish. The Bible even clearly states that before a child is born, He knows them.

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Jeremiah 1:5, King James Version

As Christian’s, we cannot pick and choose which verses of the Bible we want to accept as God’s Word, and which is just a suggestion and inserted by man. We either accept all of it as fact or we don’t. But let me caution you. Deny even one verse as being truth, and you then must question every other word throughout the sixty-six books. You then must ask yourself if Jesus really was born at all. And if He was born, was He who He claimed to be? Did He really die on a cross? Did He actually heal people? Did He rise from the dead? Will He really come back like He said He would? Is there a Heaven and Hell? You see what happens when you begin to pick and choose portions you want to apply to your life, and discard other parts? It’s almost like saying you really want to go to Heaven, but you’d be okay with it if God wasn’t there.

I think there are issues that Christians must stand firm on. Why? Because Jesus did and would today. Because the Bible is clear and doesn’t leave the reader scratching their heads as to what God commands. But standing firm on an issue that God is clear about, doesn’t mean we then must go around beating others over the head with the Bible. Read that last sentence again. So often we forget this and the result is that we end up turning more people away from the faith because we forgot to speak the truth in love.

You can have strong moral and Biblical convictions, yet carry on a conversation with someone who believes the opposite of what you do. You can’t however claim or publicly profess yourself to be a Christian, but then make statements such as, “I am a Christian but don’t believe _______,” or “I am a Christian but think ________ is okay.” Following Christ isn’t like making your way through a buffet line.

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