I actually attended two church services today in two different churches. I had for some time promised to drop by a pastor friend’s new church. Though my promise was two years old, this morning after first service in my own church, I kept my promise. It was interesting that on this first Sunday of the New Year, I heard two sermons, both spoke of revelation and the need for having ears to hear and eyes to see.
While working on my next book this afternoon, I skimmed some earlier blog entries. I found this post from October 1 of 2009 interesting, giving the two sermons heard earlier.
“String Theory, a 1995 concept that now indicates that the tiny particles we refer to as atoms, only appear particulate due to our limited abilities at magnification. With enhanced technology it now appears that instead of particles, they are oscillating strings of energy. That’s what magnification affords.
I wonder how much clearer our revelation of God and His creation might be if we were free from the limited “magnification” of religion. “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. I Cor. 2:9 KJV
What would happen if we moved beyond religion and accepted revelation, beyond our head knowledge of Him and truly allowed God access to our hearts? We might find that our theology was simply man’s limited magnification of His awesome realities, imposed on revelation by narrow minded leaders attempting to inform the meager minds of mankind about a God who is past finding out.
Not to sound harsh, but we are so missing the mark in our churches that our nation is reeling on the brink of a lost democracy, while our churches offer a smoke and mirrors gospel that tells of a God who readily affords revelation through intimacy but fails to deliver on a people demonstrative of that revelation in the market place. Could it be that our controlled behavior on Sunday’s has distracted us from the individual callings of our lives and reduced the personal sense of need to seek this God that once afforded the depth of character for which this great country was once known?
Jesus said, “…when He, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth…for he shall receive what of mine and show it unto you.” Jn. 16:13-14 KJV
Now on January 4, 2015, given the new challenges facing our country, particularly racial and the number of folk now declaring themselves as “Dones” relative to the church, I must wonder how much revelation we have gained in these last six years? Will we continue to be “defenders of the decline” or will we open our ears and invest our resources in what God might be doing outside of the isolation of our religious silos?
And yes it was refreshing to experience the greater body of Christ, perhaps I will not wait two more years.