Are We Having Fun Yet?

It is not one of those “lazy, hazy days of summer.” It is a wet, stormy, power-interrupted and computer goes off constantly days! Relax – it is one of those “I don’t have any control over” issues of life. So, just go with the flow. Ah! Reading by candlelight. Thank God for everything – God, I am thankful that highlighters don’t need to be plugged in to work.

Maybe it is just that I am getting older but there is really little that gets to me anymore. There is little that I get upset about. Let’s see if I can list what really concerns me these days…

1> Believers who still fool around with sin as if it were nothing and so indirectly call Jesus a fool for dying on the Cross for the sins of the world – including their sin.

2> Believers who live their lives by the thoughts of others (peers, Oprah, Dr. Phil) or simply by what they think God wants or might say … ignoring the Word of God as contained in His book – the Bible.

3> Believers who pick and choose what they want to believe from God’s Word while ignoring the things they don’t agree with or don’t want to be bothered with.

4> Believers who, at least by their action or rather lack of action, apparently have little concern for or compassion towards the lost – either that or they don’t believe people are lost and going
to Hell because of their sin.

5> Believers who think that Jesus is one of a number of options and thus the Christian faith is simply one of many roads that leads to Heaven

6> Believers who do not make attending Sunday worship a priority and so come if they feel like it or there is nothing else to do – no family events are scheduled, no sports events occupying that time slot, or no visitors coming over for a social time.

Yes, there are a few other things about believers that concern me. But, I am running out of space and the rest I can’t express as ‘nicely’. And, I recognize that you could probably add one or two to my list as well.

These things concern me because they all affect more than the individual believer – they affect their children because they will follow their parent’s example. They affect the Church because we are missing a limb when a member of the body stays home. These things affect the spiritual health of the believer and that concerns me as well.

However, I do recognize that there is nothing I can do about any of them. These are choices believers make and thus they must live with the consequences or outcome of these choices – some of which can be quite dire! But, because I am a believer and care I am certainly concerned.

6 replies
  1. Karen
    Karen says:

    Ah Ralph,
    There you go. Your ‘grace-side’ is showing again.

    For each instance where you started with the word ‘Believers’, I shuddered and thought: “NO, No, they are not believers, they can’t be, they show no signs of the ‘fruit’ (evidence of a relationship with Jesus) that we should be seeing in their lives.”

    That sad fact is why they run to the ‘revivals, to the Oprahs and to the Dr. Phils. They are as lost as the rest. But, they think they are safe merely because they have a title – “Christian.”

    We need to shake them awake from their death sleep; we need to run the risk of being called narrow minded (Jesus called it single minded) and declare the correct definition of the word “believer”.

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  2. Sharon Kuhn
    Sharon Kuhn says:

    Amen. Karen!
    I know we need grace but there must be a balance. We seem to live in a society that feels they are owed and the church is obliged to love them through everything, anything, and all the time. If this is the case and we continue to enable, when do they wake up and learn. Those of us with love for the lost only want what is best for them, and they won’t get it if they are not corrected (in love). My mother’s correction in my growing up years came born of love, so I would grow up to be a wholly functional person, but I’ll tell you there were days, by the look on her face, it appeared to be other than. I thank God for that correction now, because as a Mother and Grandmother I totally appreciate what she taught me. And regardless of what I, as a youngster, believed she was about, and contrary to thinking that punishment would kill me, it didn’t. I agree with Ralph that they must be corrected and then it is up to them to decide what, where, when and if. But God help me, it is FRUSTRATING!
    Pastor Sharon

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  3. Bill Shiers
    Bill Shiers says:

    I tried to think as I read this blog what if it were me and I wrote this blog, what would Ralph say to me?
    Well maybe Philippians 4:6, be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.
    Or maybe Ephesians 6: 19 – 20, and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
    Or how about Hebrews 4:16, Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
    But no – not necessary – as this is what he has already taught those of us that have been blessed to be in association with him.
    Thanks Ralph, greatly appreciated……..

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  4. Karen Jordaan
    Karen Jordaan says:

    Thank you Ralph
    Precisely what I wanted. As you said, you have put it “nicely”! I definately forwarded this to a few friends and family members to use as a tool when also explaining to others “why is it necessary to read Bible”, “why is it necessary to attend church regularly”. God bless!

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  5. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    Bill, Sharon, and Karen,

    I think you guys are great – and so are your comments. Thanks for adding to this discussion… I’m interested to see what others think as well – and if you have further thoughts in this regard!

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  6. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    Karen J – so good to hear from you. Thanks for keeping in touch with the blogs I write and for responding to this one. Good to hear from frobisher, Saskatchewan!

    Thanks, as well, for sharing the thoughts I wrote with others. Please remember to let them know that they can subscribe to these daily postings and the answers people post simply by entering their email address in the “subscription” box on the blog page.

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