But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. (New King James Version)- 2 Timothy 2:23
I worked with a Supervisor once who, if you asked what he was up to would often reply, "Just out stirring up hate and discontent." He said it in jest but it is dismaying for me to realize that I am guilty of doing that very thing. I used to admire people who, "Did not suffer fools lightly." but I have been shown a better way here. Responding to others that I think make, foolish, ignorant or stupid statements is not the way the bible tells us to respond. We should always respond in love, and frankly that was not my attitude. I mentioned in an earlier blog that my biblical heroes growing up and for most of my adult life were the warriors, Joshua, David, Gideon and the others called to lead Israel in war. These last years my greatest biblical heroe has been, Paul. Paul would not have approved of my attitude or responses in most instances. The example of many who write articles on their blogs on CB have begun to sink in and teach me that there is indeed a better way. This morning as I sat down at the keyboard and was going through the news headlines it occured to me that the way this world is going and the movement of God in bringing to pass those things prophesied in scripture that argument and discord is really wasting time. The time for the preaching of the gospel, "...in season and out of season." is more urgent than ever. There is nothing more important that the lost need than the gospel and there is nothing more important for the faithful to manifest than the gospel. The gospel has always been what the world needed and the manifestation of that gospel has always been what the church has been called to do. We are not called to learn how to get rich, or manipulate others or the word of God for our benefit. We are not called to seek success as the world defines it or establish heaven on earth but to surrender to the Holy Spirit and His leading, "to seek and to save that which is lost."
If those who call themselves "Christian" will not be instructed by the Holy Spirit and the word of God then who am I to think I can instruct them. If their spirit does not witness to those who are, "walking after the Spirit and not the flesh." Then why would anything I say change their heart. There are false Christ and false Prophets in the world and our Lord told us that, "if it were possible even the elect would be deceived." "The gospel is foolishness to the world.", and in the minds of many who call themselves "Christian" it is foolishness. Jesus promised His disciples the the Holy Spirit would lead them into, "all truth." When we preach and teach and bear witness to the gospel then we can have confidence that the Holy Spirit will do the work that He the Father has willed to be done. Those that the Holy Spirit calls to repentance and faith will be saved. We need only be the faithful watchman that calls the warning.