Jan. 19, 2019

When is sweeping a sin?

 

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” James 1:5-8

I’ve never questioned where my allegiance lies. Others may question it. Some may attack my views, but I have no doubt who has my total allegiance.

I’m a native Texan, a natural-born American and have voted in just about every election since I turned 18 in 1976. I admit I forfeit my vote if there is not a candidate that truly stands for Godly ways. My Christianity overrides any other label or national responsibility. Others may question my faith. Some may not believe my sincerity, but I have no doubt whom I serve.

I don’t support people when they are wrong. I pray for them. I also pray for God to help me love them with a Christ-like love. But, I’m not very good at ignoring the obvious. I don’t believe anyone just because they affiliate themselves with a larger group of like-minded thinkers. I observe how they think by watching how they behave. What comes out of their mouth reveals their souls. Their behavior overrides any title they claim or have been given, in my eyes.

I try to choose the “Jesus way” based on scripture. I’ve grown to understand, with scripture backing, that He typically moves around culture and often man’s church. I forgive as He forgave but typically do not look the other way. I’m a common-sense kind of girl. Rhetoric or fake news never sways me. I don’t turn on any electronic device to determine how I think or feel. I don’t agree with something just because it is said by someone in authority or particular initials after their name. In turn, I don’t disagree with everything just because someone with different initials after their name says it. Christ is my ultimate authority. He acts as my censor and buffer.

Most of all, I don’t sweep facts under the rug by denying what’s real just because it lines up with what someone I want to believe claims as truth. I don’t shop the Home Shopping Network believing I am getting a great deal. I don’t impulse shop. It’s very hard to convince me to buy something just because somebody somewhere claims it works. Show me proof and I’ll show you my money.

I also stand by the belief that truth isn’t that hard to find when you seek it with all your heart. Opinion isn’t based in our heart. Opinion is birthed in our minds. We aren’t going to find truth by only listening to and agreeing with what we want to hear. The bible promises that we will find answers when we really seek them. I’ve learned I often find answers in the most unexpected places.

When I am willing to ignore facts in order to support fiction, what I am sweeping under the rug has one name: sin.