I am reading a book called, “You Want Me To Do What?” by Michael Youssif, PhD… Under the title, he has written “Get Off Your Blessed Assurance and Do Something!” I did not choose this book because of the title or sub-title, but from a personal recommendation.
A gentleman, who I met recently, is a part of a bible study group using this book for their study guide. I have to say I would like to be a part of the group. Because if I were a book critic, I would give it a 5 out of 5 star rating!
The book is about Joshua and his heroism. But I think that the second paragraph on the inside sleeve, profiles Joshua perfectly.
“What made Joshua heroic was not unfailing courage or spiritual devotion but the fact that again and again, he acted in spite of every human reason to. “
As I began the first chapter, I came to a quote which surprised me. The quote was from H. Richard Nieluhr, who wrote The Kingdom of God in America in 1937. Niebuhr wrote…
“many Christians seem to believe that a God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.”
Talk about slap you in the face with truth! The sad part is things have not changed in over 84 years and have worsened beyond belief. Today’s religious organizations, churches, and even pastors have readjusted the biblical view to favorably coincide with the popular majority or the politically correct. Some have even re-written the bible.
Without wrath, and judgment, there is no sin. You can commit the sin knowingly, ask forgiveness and move on. Maybe that is why living together before marriage is so popular. Or obsessive drinking, gambling, sexual exploits and abuse run so rampant throughout our society. If you are not going to get “thumped” on the head for bad behavior, then you don’t have to worry about committing the bad behavior.
We are a no consequence society, with the purpose of a God who grants all of our wishes. How many pastors have you heard preach the “Abundance” sermon? You know God wants to give you the gifts of wealth, popularity, and ease of life. And they are very popular because they are telling the people exactly what the people want to hear.
What’s the answer? Maybe if just one person takes a stand for Jesus and what is right and not for themselves, church, organization, or even pastor, there might be change. Oh yes, they will become an outcast, spit on, and abandoned. But then, another person might find the courage from this rebel’s courage to take their stand. And so on.
Do you stand for what you believe in or is there anything you really believe in these days other than yourself? I know how easy it is to fall into the trap of those human-made promises. I have been there many a time and will probably be there again. But I try to learn from it and attempt each day to stand on God’s word.
Maybe as I read this book, I will learn how to face my Jericho’s as Joshua did. I am sure I will blog about it once in a while, as my journey progresses. You will get the good, the bad, and the ugly, from me.
Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and brave. Do not be terrified. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.”