Be Careful How You Hear

Be Careful How You Hear

     This Sunday, September 11th, 2016,  is the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 – amazing…   Our nation, indeed the world has changed dramatically since this event, almost as if there is a thick black line drawn which says: “BEFORE 9/11” and “AFTER 9/11”.  We wrestle with fear greater than the cold war era, for our missile defense system has always been pretty reliable, but terrorism fosters a more irrational kind of fear – the kind of fear that makes you question the trustworthiness of the person walking on the street next to you or on the plane with you.
     Consequently, the fear that comes at us is the kind that tempts us to isolation and mistrust.  Our connectedness used to be with our geographical neighbors – the families in the neighborhood, but most Americans do not socialize or even KNOW their neighbors.  The internet has become a virtual neighborhood, but not a very reliable one, and certainly not one from which you can borrow a cup of sugar!
     Our hope as Believers in Jesus is for something better:  Community.  Connection.  Friendships.  Serving One Another.  Respect.  Love.  Calling out one another’s destiny in Christ.  Unbelievers will rarely call out your destiny in God, but a brother will.  Our unbelieving friends won’t call you to righteousness, but a sister in Christ will.  We need each other to fulfill our high calling in Christ, to keep faith vibrant and alive, to be reminded of our eternal destiny – which is not here!
     So let us open our hearts to Jesus and to one another.  When the Accuser of the Brethren comes to you,  trying to separate you from the Body of Christ by outlining the faults and flaws of brothers and sisters in Christ, why should we listen?    Why listen to the most flawed and fault-filled being in the universe?  Why? ..when we can listen to the voice of the Perfect One who created all things; Who sustains us in His love, and Who sent His Son to REDEEM what Satan had corrupted, polluted, and degraded – namely: us.   Should we not guard against offense based upon our flaws?  Of course we are flawed and faulty, but so is everyone on the planet.   That is why He gave us His power to love and forgive – a new standard higher than our faults and flaws.
     We are redeemed from sin and hell and death, so let us tune OUT the one who only seeks to bring these things back into our lives.  God grant us discernment and grace as to WHO we HEAR and WHAT we LISTEN to.
     Jesus Christ said:  “Take care what you listen to.” (Mark 4:24 NASB)   May we always seek to hear our Savior’s voice, the whisper of His Spirit, and the heart of Our Father for us, our families, His Church, our nation, and all who dwell on the earth which He made and sustains…and disregard the Accuser of the Brethren.
In Jesus name,
Tom
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