A mental disease sweeps the globe, and it afflicts more than just those who believe that the Earth is flat. No, it’s far more pervasive and sinister than that.
It’s a disease that has destroyed peoples and nations throughout history. It reaches into our schools, our homes and our friendships. And, it’s a disease that will blind you to truth, if you allow it to take hold, in your life.
I call it a ‘Flat Earth Mentality’, but it might be better described as a desire to believe the fantastic, in the face of obvious and provable truth.
Of all the enemies that we face in this world, our biggest lies reflected in the mirror. No one has done more to damage our relationship with God. No one had done more to harm the people that love us. No one is more destructive to our churches, our communities and our nation.
We really are our own worst enemy.
The thought that God loves us in spite of all that is more than I can truly understand. The good thing is that I don’t need to understand. I just need to accept it and seek to demonstrate that unfathomable love to a lost world.
Over the past few months, I’ve been hitting you with one series after another. So, you’re probably glad that I’ve given you something of a breather, this week. I’m also glad because a series is a lot more work than a bunch of individual articles. We’ll see how long this ‘breather’ lasts.
Unfortunately, this is probably the calm before a storm. The Fall seems to be the time when most banks decide to fail, and markets catch cold when investors come back from Summer break and look at their portfolios. Ebola looms on the horizon. And, let’s not forget that dim-witted monkeys are still playing with matches in the bomb factory that we call Ukraine.
All that technology has done is act as a lever to magnify the efforts of our sinful nature. Technology is the lever, and it is our hand wielding this lever.
Furthermore, I see that this lever has been used to pry us away from the Holy Spirit. We have quenched the Spirit, and that has left us vulnerable to foolish doctrines that have led some pastors to preach damnable heresy.
As I was sitting in church, yesterday, contemplating a great battle that was won almost two thousand years ago, I was struck yet again by character of God and His followers – as opposed to Satan and his followers. The Great High King of the Universe became a landless peasant, washed our feet, took upon Himself our sins and then died a sinner’s death… for His enemies.
When I sat there and thought about that, I was impressed by the difference between ourselves and those who follow Lucifer. We seek humility. They seek pride. We worship the God of Peace. They worship the god of war. We are called to love and die for our enemies. They are called to hate them. God calls us sheep. They are wolves.
Pontius Pilate is famous for asking Jesus, “What is truth?”
I’m not here to talk about what the truth is (well… maybe a little bit), but in how to know when someone is telling it. And, that’s pretty tough. There are a lot of liars out there, and there are a lot of honest people that believe the lies that the lying liars have told them – and passed those lies on with the best of intentions.
So, how can you tell what is true, and what isn’t?