Super People

Without a vision the people perish. That is to say: unless someone shows the way, the opinions of man will crush us.

Mankind is miserably vulnerable. Still, the imagination of Man writes stories of super people; people who overcome terror and destruction, rising to hero status.

We desperately need someone to succeed where others have been sunk by failure when a depraved tempest smashes against their hull.

Heroes are made in the quiet times at home. Their bravery sleeps within their heart until that jarring explosion at their front door.

We need a vision of success. We need to see a quiet determination raging against chaos. Who are these people?

Is that you?

Able to Drink the Cup

The profitable things of God are not given to the weak and unstable.  But let them repair their habits, as they are able, and God will provide the next element.

Let them prove, by their doing, that they have a desire for God.  God is merciful.  He will not give what is Holy to he who cannot even find the will to get up out of bed. 

Were God cruel, he would give great gifts to the weak and infirm of will, and even to the young pride filled heart.  His rightful expectations would crush the man.

Be careful not to listen to the advice of man.  Do not be unwise, asking God for the great things of his Holy Kingdom that you are not willing or able to sustain.   For if you receive, you will be held accountable.  And there are many who run about thinking they have received, but have not.

And I have seen an act of “love” among us that should be considered an abomination.

In this day a man must go to college.  At least that is the common understanding.  And many parents who think themselves godly, desire to send their child to a Christian college.

But is the child prepared to receive the things that are Holy?  Take the time to look into it, the loss of faith among the young who go to Christian colleges is astounding.

It would be better to send them to a trade school.  Let them learn the discipline of hard study and work, while you maintain a tight bond with them to teach them the things of God.

It would be better to see Christian colleges populated with people in their forties, fifties and even perhaps sixties.  But what an incredibly unpopular message this is.  There is a lot of money to be made by the exploitation of foolish parents.

The vision of holiness is becoming and incredibly rare animal.  The expectations of parents toward the teachers in Christian colleges has no reasonable foundation.   The bar of Christian maturity has been lowered nearly to the ground.

Having been caught up in the things of this world and an emaciated church, the parents think their next duty is to hand their child over to those who know.  But they themselves have not looked into the things of the Holy Lord God Almighty.   So they pay good money to men who wear the appropriate title.

How foolish to put our reliance on the unstable things of man.  How foolish to think that money can buy what Godly wisdom alone provides.

Men will do what they do, until catastrophic change appears.  They will not listen to this message.  They will attend emaciated churches.  They will be emaciated Christians.  They will teach their children emaciated things of God.  And their children will rise up emaciated.  What hope is there for the future of the church, as it is left in the hands of those who desire nothing!

When will you look out your window into the street?  Have you noticed the chaos that runs about unchecked?  Have you taken a close look at the children who graduate from Christian colleges?  Are you willing to perceive their unexpected lack?  Then, are you willing to do something about it?

By His Grace

What If, What Then?

Is it possible?  What is the probability?  Does the Church lack fruit and devotion simply due to human ability to process information?

If mentors are placed.  If vision is clearly promoted.  Do the people lack, simply because they are not able to “think it through”?  Is it a situation of inability?  Or is it a lack of willingness, that causes unfruitfulness in the Body of Christ?  And, it can’t be ignored, what is the impact of “rotten apples” among them?

If this is so.  If there is no remedy, for the sake of the human mind, then how much more need we rely on the Grace of God?

If the people are not quite able to grasp the fullness of the Gospel they are offered, then how powerful is the Majesty of Christ to save?  How great is the Grace of God!

There is the least among us, yes.  There is the greatest among us, yes.  And a myriad in between.

But to what extent are we valuable by continually promoting the epitome of Christianity?  Are souls ruined by a consistent deluge of “Get it Right”?  Are our brothers and sisters encouraged to try harder?  Or are they damaged by expectations they’ll never be able to attain?

Well, now.  What a dilemma to rake over the coals.  And I don’t want to waste too many words doing it.

After thinking it through, I fall on the idea that I am not qualified to determine the answer.  But it’s crucial to remember two things.

1. The Church belongs to Christ Jesus.

2. He has seen fit, by Holy Wisdom, to leave the leadership of His people in the hands of men.

What say you?