Political times tell a lot about people's attitudes, don't they? During one political campaign, a gym member told me that he was a Christian. He went on to tell me that if food and necessities became scarce, he would resort to stealing what he wanted and needed, even if it meant taking it by force. Whoa! Really?
I also noticed during voting season the Scripture of the Day postings, which I take straight from Biblegateway.com, never receive likes on Facebook. But any other time, they usually do. Somehow a lot of people must not like praying for political leaders with whom they disagree! If Scripture disagrees with us, then we disagree with it.
What if we took scissors and cut out all the passages in the Bible we disliked? What would be left? Probably the Psalms. Everyone likes Psalms because it doesn't threaten our self-proclaimed deity status. We like to pick and choose what we accept from Scripture by what we like and don't like. Instead, we want to set the standards. We want everything according to what we truly believe. The Bible, although full of truth and wisdom, is rarely accepted in it's entirety.
This passage, which would likely be cut out, says, "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12 It is like turning one big, bright search light inside our hearts. We like hiding in the dark. No one can threaten our deity status there. But God shines His truth into our darkness to reveal sinful attitudes.
Isn't it amazing how we hold onto the very stuff that will kill our souls? So we hack away at Scripture to make our ugly patchwork quilt of personal "theology". What will bring us life eternal would probably be cut out if it weren't for the Holy Spirit's conviction of our need for a Savior. Many "seeker-sensitive" churches sanitize messages all the time because the blood of Christ might offend someone. People might get up and walk out if we tell them we are all sinners, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23. Yes, we need to think about how we present the truth, but we need know the truth.
As Christians, we are the ones who hack away at the Bible all the time. We want to keep what we want and discard what we don't like. We don't like thinking that someone we love, who didn't know Christ, would be in Hell. We don't like thinking that gossip or gluttony, which we love to do, is sinful, sending Jesus to the cross in our places. We put the reason for our own salvation on shaky ground. So out come our scissors and we chop away.
It is time to give up our scissors and let God cuts out anything that doesn't produce fruit (John 15:1-8) The junk we hang onto He lovingly hacks out of our lives. Then He prunes back branches in us so that we might live more abundantly for Him. Giving up our "i'm god" attitudes brings us life that we would never be able to achieve on our own.
Go to God and pray this same prayer King David prayed after his sin of adultery: "Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. "Psalm 51:10 Although painful for a time, the truth of God's Word will free us from the self-imposed prisons of "godhood" we set up for ourselves. May God bless you!