Sunday, May 23

Be Reasonable, See It MY Way!

I love Calvin and Hobbes. The above interaction is one reason why. (Click on it to enlarge). It is so obviously true. Unthinking people (or fools, which is to say the same thing) assume that the way they view the world IS THE WAY IT IS! It doesn't seem to dawn on them that others may not agree with them, and for good reason. Proverbs 18:17 says, The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. My Dad has some very old records (very thick) which sport tunes from WW1 (not "2"). One of those songs I remember hearing as a child was "Everybody's Out of Step But Jim," which features a mother watching a parade and the whole troop is marching in step but her son, Jim! But it's not HER son that is out of step! Oh, No! it's everyone else!! The listener, of course, readily catches the humor in such a biased point of view, which gives the song it's charm.

Who Corrects Whom? 
The true Christian will not be so duped. While they may fall for less reasoned assertions on occasion, they come to faith precisely through the Spirit of truth (John 16:13), who cuts through the mind-numbing sin which rules the world in order to convince the sinner of his need for Christ's righteousness. So, Paul could write with some assurance of obedience when he warned the Corinthian Christians to examine themselves to see if they were in the faith (2 Cor. 13:5). We who believe have been saved out of lies and will readily latch onto whatever exposes evil and accentuates the good. Where on the scale of truth and lies do you fall? If Jim is out of step, he needs to know it. The ends do not justify the means, but they sometimes betray them. God, however, justifies the believer, and that by the power of the blood of Jesus Christ. Those are MEANS with which we can live!

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