Monday, August 25, 2014

Seek the Truth!

Ever wonder why we are always so quick to believe the worse in any given situation? 
Why do we always jump to the wrong conclusions and then have to back-track later? 
Why are we quick to judge others based on information we haven't yet proven as fact?
Isn't it interesting that our judicial system is based on the premise that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty?
Is it precisely because our human nature is to presume someone guilty until proven innocent?
I have watched, as many of you have, I'm sure, with alarming concern these past couple of weeks the situation involving the death of Michael Brown in Missouri.
It seems everyone has an opinion.
It seems everyone is quick to make it the "poster" for their particular agenda.
Why do we assume that the police officer is the one in the wrong, regardless of whether he is white or black?
Or why do we assume the black kid is a loser?
Why do we make assumptions at all before we know anything concrete?
Why do we jump in so quickly to take "sides" anyway?
The only "side" we should be on is the side of the truth.
In the book of Joshua, chapter 5, verse 13, we read, "Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand.  Joshua went up to him and asked, 'Are you for us or for our enemies?' 'Neither,' he replied, 'but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.'  Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, 'What message does my Lord have for his servant?'  The commander of the Lord's army replied, 'Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.' And Joshua did so."
This Scripture reference tells me that God never takes sides.  The only side He is on is His own, and that is the side of His truth in any situation.  Any time we are in conflict with someone, we need to seek the Lord and understand that He loves all parties involved and wants what's best for everyone in the particular situation.  And what's best for everyone is His way; His justice.  In any given conflict, we are all guilty of something, even if it is just wanting our own way to prevail.  The reason the commander of the Lord's army told Joshua to take off his sandals and proclaimed the ground holy, is because any time and any place we humble ourselves and surrender to God's ways, that place becomes holy, because we are revering God and His ways.
None of us know all the facts in the Missouri case yet and we probably never will.
And, you know what? We don't need to.  Contrary to what the media tells us, we don't have a right to know it all.  It is not up to us, as individuals, (unless we are called to serve on a jury) to pronounce guilt or innocence in this case or any other, for that matter.  This is why we elect officials, appoint judges and try these type of situations in court.
Is our system fallible?  Absolutely!
Do police officers always do the right thing?  No!
Do we, as individuals, always follow the laws of the land?  No!
Fact is, we are all fallible. 
We all make mistakes. 
We all over-react at times.
We are all too human!
I don't have any answers to this situation.  I, like many others, have watched it unfold on TV.  I have been appalled at the way one human being can treat another.  I have been appalled at the lack of common courtesy, lack of concern for facts.  I have been appalled by the way people have just made the situation fit whatever they wanted it to fit to promote their individual cause.
But it has made me think quite a bit, and because I'm a spiritual being, I always seem to look at things from a spiritual viewpoint, too.
Have you ever wondered why we, as Christians, are so quick to believe the lies of the enemy instead of the truth of God's Word?
God's Word says we are loved, yet we live continually seeking the love we already possess.
God's Word says we are accepted, yet we live in a constant state of rejection.
God's Word declares He is good, yet we blame Him for every bad thing that happens.
God's Word says that we are free from condemnation, yet we live believing we are condemned.
God's Word says we are His temple, yet we live abusing it every day.
God's Word declares we are His workmanship, yet we live hating our bodies.
God's Word says we can do all things through Jesus Christ, yet we live in a constant state of fear.
God's Word says we've been redeemed and forgiven, yet we live with a guilty conscience every day.
God's Word says we are a child of God, yet we live in the scum with the devil.
Have you ever thought about why we sometimes can't or won't trust God until we have more facts and information regarding a situation?
Have you ever realized that God is not obligated to make us "privy" to all He knows?
Scriptures says,
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:8, 9
"The secret things belong unto the Lord our God" but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law."
Deuteronomy 29:29
God reveals to us those things that we need to know to live our lives to please Him. The secret things we leave to Him, trusting that He knows what's best because He alone knows all.
When it seems that someone in this world "gets away" with a crime - murder, rape, abuse, etc - and we don't see justice done here on earth, you can be assured that they "get away" with nothing in the greater realm of God's justice.
God sees all.
God knows all.
And God judges all.
Seek to be a seeker of the truth - God's truth.

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