(A disclaimer: I had no idea what I would write when I began this blog.)
Like birds in a nest, many people satisfy themselves with a chewed and regurgitated Bible message. Even then, like Charley Brown, they don’t want to THINK to understand it; they want to simply absorb the message by osmosis.
If that approach is correct, why did God command the men on Mt. Hermon, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him” Mark 9:7? And Jesus said, “Listen!”, when teaching the parable of the sower Mark 4:3. And, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” Mark 4:9 And, “Consider carefully what you hear”...Mark 4:24. And, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this” Mark 7:14. Deuteronomy 18:15, I Kings 4:34, Proverbs 1:5 and James 1:19 are other representative scriptures.
Not wanting any of his spiritual jewels to be unrecognized or misunderstood, God demanded care in listening to every message. He wouldn’t be careless in what he said. He knew we would very likely would be as we heard. Listening hastens understanding since it stirs up “the little grey cells.”
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Like sins left too long unrepented, the Allies had little choice but to let Nazis have nearly three years to build up an invincible defense around the Ploesti, Romania, oil fields. Allied bombers appeared in the skies August, 1944, and often thereafter. The nearly impenetrable anti-aircraft fire inflicted staggering losses on those planes. And only at the end of August, 1944, did Russian infantry capture the city and its previous resource.
Any fault, when small, is reasonably capable of solution, at a reasonably small cost. But left to grow in us, either poorly disciplined or undisciplined, it will exact a severe cost before it ceases or recedes. Swollen with years of unchecked self-indulgence, it will require surgery that makes the cure more painful than the disease. And that will be the worst possible choice: to make peace with the sin rather than to war against it! “That’s not the way I want to be” becomes a mournful, “That’s the way I am.”
Let the words of C.S. Lewis encourage us: while sin begs our patience while it’s small, it offers no mercy to us when it’s large. While begging a small place in our lives at first, it will at last demand our entire life. America has so long boasted of tolerance that it sees any effort to correct sin as an unacceptable infringement on personal freedom. It’s time, before it’s too late, for America to realize that God imposes accountability on every freedom. Fini