Over the last several years I have seen a change in the world and the church. No one can deny that the current state of both is nothing like it was ten years ago. It really doesn’t matter what side of the aisle you live one or what you pet social issue is, the world has changed. Some people see it “moving in the right direction” others as not. The bottom line as that line has moved.
Some of the assumptions that at one time served as the basis for our decision-making have changed. And in some cases have even been erased, never to be found again. The world has truly changed.
I talk about the change because I find myself wondering if people truly understand the consequences of their actions. Have they considered the potential unintended consequences of their actions? Or do they not care. That is not something they want to think about because it is not right in front of them. I will admit that I can take a short-sighted view as well, but that is not a sign of progress, but of immaturity.
In the end, this is what I feel. I feel that we have become a nation of children rather than mature adults. We have become petulant rather than penitent. We have become whiners rather than winsome. We have become self-centered and selfish rather than sacrificial in our living.
Over the last several weeks I have been wondering how many people who claim to be Christians will be disappointed with God when they stand in his presence? How will we feel when we find out how wrong we were about some things? Will we still want to spend the rest of eternity with a God who is so disappointing?
Do you see what has happened in our world? We have become so confused about God’s character that we have made him the scapegoat. We say to ourselves and to others, “God wouldn’t do this or that,” never really understanding that what God decides to do or not do was never really for me to know. I feel that the Church has tried too hard to speak for God rather than allowing God to speak for himself. I am glad God wrote down what he wanted us to know.
My problem is deciding whether or not I am willing to conform my life and thoughts to what he said.
I may come to the end of my days, stand before God and be disappointed. But, I pray it is not because he failed me, but because I failed to live into and up to what He desired for my life.