Sunday, April 22, 2012
A Difficult Challenge at a Difficult Time in a Difficult Place
Paul invites his reader in 2 Timothy 2:7 to not overload his writings with weight they arent meant to carry. He is relieving the reader making his writings "the Word" and instead is supporting Jesus' teachings about the Holy Spirit who would guide his followers into truth. To do this in an Americanized Christian culture asks the reader to not just read and assume the conventional interpretation, but rather to ruminate on the writings and develop an ear to hear what the Spirit may want to teach. Sadly, we are not encouraged to wait on that which we cannot see and feel so we gladly invite our leaders to provide us with that which we can tangibly experience and call it " the god that led us out of Egypt". Leaders gladly offer us a consumer driven program commonly called "church" and the people sing and dance around it. And "the Lord who will give you understanding in everything" is great displeased.