Monday, April 4, 2011

Common Sense Says I Won't Please Everyone

He's a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well, a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere.
~ Proverbs 2:7

There have been times in my life when I have been very frank with my feelings about God. I wish I could say I was always strong to take God’s side on an issue. Unfortunately, I’ll compromise or take the conversation in a different direction to please everyone somehow and someway. God did call me to please everyone.

God calls me to be “candid and sincere” in my witness. If I am faithful to this, he promises to be my personal bodyguard. How cool is that?! If I make a stand for the Lord and am sincere in my witness he’ll have my back. That brings me comfort.

In our world today, doubters and unbelievers try to distort and twist God’s word. But a close examination of scripture and tradition shows that the Christian faith is filled with common sense. Just because you don’t like what God says about divorce, adultery, abortion and homosexuality doesn’t mean God is wrong. Think about it—the creator of the universe with over 4,000 years of Jewish and Christian roots and YOU think you are bigger than God. Wrong.

To turn from God’s common sense is to live a life less than fulfilled. Why should I constantly struggle with life’s issues when the author of life has already given me all the common sense answers I need?! There is no doubt that humans will try to take God’s teachings out of context or simply be unable to intelligently discover what God is trying to tell all of us. Yet, that is no excuse not to search out God for the answers to this life.

In the end, common sense says that God loves each and every one of us. We are called to obedience in his teaching, outspoken in our witness and to offer sincere love to all. Anything less would be worthless—and all who come to him are worthy in God’s sight.

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