Yes – it sounds like I’m picking on Joel Osteen. Sounds like I’m even judging him. … So I’m not picking on Joel Osteen. I’m reminding us – all of us – that God really did leave us to take care of things for Him. Yes – with the Holy Spirit – but still with us as the physical beings allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us.
The concern here is that when we say things like we “know” certain things because the Bible says so, we run the risk of turning people off to the message we are trying to give. Something that was meant to be caring and loving can be construed as something that sounds uncaring and insensitive. I think we need to remember that we believe God meets us where we are, and so when we talk with others who faith isn’t as strong as our or maybe have no faith at all, we also need to meet them where they are – not where we are.
“You came to hear some music. And it’s great music. And this is a great night. But after the music is over you’ll all get in your cars and drive home and nothing will have changed. Nothing will be different for you.” from The Resurrection File (Chambers of Justice Book 1) by Craig Parshall You won’t find the word omnipresent anywhere in the Bible. But as Christians, we believe God is everywhere. So why don’t we actually see Him and act like He’s everywhere? Yes – even with music. There’s the talent of the musician – a gift from God. The creativeness of the person who wrote the music – a gift from God. The invention of the person who made the first instrument of each type – a gift from God. And the words – a gift from God. Maybe non-Christians won’t look at these things as gifts from God. But Christians should. Do we? Even the words of secular songs can point to God. See something I wrote previously called The way back home. As a secular song – it’s can bring anyone to tears. Looking at it from God’s point of view – […]