“But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes” 2 Timothy 2:23.
There are certain topics that Christians seem to use these days and I believe that many of them, including some even of the themes that go along with them, divert us away from what God really wants us to be thinking about. Some of these words and topics are: FEMA camps, Obama, Obama Care, pre-tribulation, post-tribulation, gun control, to name but a few. I’m certain that after even mentioning some of these words, that some right now already have definite opinions about these things, their heart rate has gone up, and that they have been involved with others in heated debates.
In saying this, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t some important issues to be considered in these topics, but oftentimes, many of them are steeped in our opinions and the opinions of others, rather than what is actually the truth. I’m also not saying that there aren’t moral issues at work when studying these topics at hand here. My overall reason in writing something like this is not to debate about any of things, but rather, to make a general statement about how a certain segment of public opinion can sway our thinking and perhaps even our beliefs.
This then brings up what does God really want us to focus on. We know of course that He wants us to focus upon His word and whatever would be conducive for the building-up of the saints. Is it productive to always focus on some of these topics or can they sometimes divert us away from the call of God upon our lives?
I think that there are many things that we read about and hear about, particularly on the internet, and oftentimes some of these topics are misleading and filled with half-truths. When we read about one of these topics there can be a group mentality that eliminates anyone who disagrees with the topic, and dismisses them as a pagan or a heretic. Are we still living in the dark ages where we use the instruments of the inquisition to punish those who have been enlightened by the truth? Or do we act like the Bereans who examined such things in the light of God’s word and wisdom, finding out again what we should be dwelling upon?
Let’s don’t be afraid to stand-up against the group when that group follows the opinions of others. Let us be brave enough and wise enough not to be swayed by propaganda. Let us follow the Spirit of God and His word to know what He is truly saying in this hour rather than what man is saying.
Then perhaps new topics will emerge. Perhaps the topics of divine wisdom, mercy, and truth will replace the old ones. Perhaps the old wine skins will be replaced by new wineskins, so that the new wine can be filled in them. And then the leaven of the Pharisees will be dismissed, and we will find the manna of heaven instead.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?