What Does a Christian Believe?

I’ve been watching the intense controversy surrounding this current political season in the United States. People are taking sides in loud and sometimes obnoxious ways. Some people are even losing friends over this election.

There was an oh-so-true cartoon published on FaceBook today that solidified my desire to write this article. The caption read: “Let’s argue about politics until we resort to name calling. Then we can move on to religion and finally kill each other.”

A couple of weeks ago, the following comment was received by a friend of mine:

 

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Rain

NOTE: the following poem is part of Gracie’s Storm Story.

This rain is falling so perfectly. It comes in gentle showers so it permits the ground to soak rather than just run off.

Rain softly falls
Earth opens her mouth to drink
Green returns to cover the brown
Leaves turn upward
Giving thanks
Blue skies
turn grey
brown grass
turns green
Wash the dust
from my feet
Fill the air
with fragrance sweet
As flowers lift
pretty faces fair
Insect, birds, return
their song
They fill the air
with praises strong
Glory to our God
who formed us from this sod
who gave us breath
and life sublime
a wondrous gift
to last all time

Hot sun:
leaves turn down
grass turns brown

Cool rain:
leaves lift up
grass greens up

Moving swiftly through the air
lifting faces fair
scurrying cross the wire
hiding from the sun’s fire
The birds, flowers, squirrels
and insects respond to sun and rain.

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My Dagon cell phone…

Something I received that I believe is worth putting “out there.”

It just brought home the fact that we do need to be Christ Centered, and God will remind us of that very fact in subtle ways. 

“I’m persnickety.  I might as well admit it; many of you already know it.  I like things a certain way.  I have definite ideas of how I want things done.  I’m also particular about certain of my possessions.  I have my favorite pens, and you’d better not ask to borrow them.  A number of years ago, I had a pair of dress boots and my kids knew not to step on the toes.  Recently I switched cell phone providers because the company I’d had for 16 years no longer carried the brand of phone I “prefer”.  The only problem is that for almost a month now, I’ve had to carry two phones while they try to switch my number to the new service provider.  This means that I make calls on my new phone and receive them on my old one.  Very inconvenient, but I can tolerate it.  The agonizing moment came last week while carrying both phones in my pocket, when the old phone scuffed the screen of the new phone.  It’s not even a month old!  I must have loved it too much.  The Lord has a way of humbling us and getting our affections back on Him.
 
A while back I was reading the account of the capture of the Ark by the Philistines (I Samuel 5).  Pleased with their battle trophy, the Philistines put the Ark in the temple of their god, Dagon.  The next morning they found Dagon on its nose before the Ark.  They set the idol upright, but the next morning Dagon had again fallen before the Ark, only this time its head and palms were broken off.  What a vivid reminder that God wants our heart’s devotion.  We tend to use God and love things, rather than to love God and use things.  I have risked being transparent with you because I am fairly certain that you also have your own little idols.  And while you may not be as fastidious as I am, the Lord nonetheless probably has His competitors in your life.  Let’s resolve to be sincerely and purely devoted to Christ.
 
For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.  But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.  II Corinthians 11:2-3″

 

From Rick Hattan.  He and his wife are AWANA Missionaries in Nebraska and eastern Wyoming.