That’s something else that has bothered me for
quite some time now; I’m speaking of Bible illiteracy. Along with biblical
illiteracy goes a lack of discernment. Just because Christians are seemingly in
the majority in this nation doesn’t mean the majority of those Christians have
any biblical discernment,or
if they do from what I’ve seen,it’s
precious little. After all, as a nation made up of a supposedly Christian
now allowed ourselves to be placed under the control of a fully secular
humanistic government that gives no more consideration to the God of the Bible
than does a worm. How is that possible with a 70% majority of Christians?
Failure to know and understand God’s word for one thing, and apathy and greed
Believers should not be holding onto this country,or
this world for that matter,as
though it were their final destination. If we read, study, and believe the
scriptures we are fully aware of something greater existing on our horizon. I’m
sure many will agree with me when I say planet earth is, at times, a very
beautiful place. Thereare
numerous reasons why we enjoy our earthly existence. After all God wants us to
enjoy this life and each other for that matter. But even before the fall of man
God has had another plan for humanity and it isn’t going to involve what we
currently see in our surroundings.
We only know what we’ve seen and we have all seen
a beautiful flower or a fiery sunset. Unless we have been walking around with
blinders on we have also seen much of what we would certainly consider the
opposite of beauty. The Bible doesn’t give us a clear picture of everything we
will see in Heaven. Even Paul was given a look into Heaven yet he would not
describe it. On the other hand the Bible does tell us about what won’t be there.
Most people on this planet would love to see the
end to war, famine, hatred, all forms of evil,and
have everything opposed to our well being eliminated from our environment. The
Bible tells us none of that will be in Heaven. All evil, malice, strife, hated,
envy, sickness, sadness, wealth and poverty will be completely forgotten the
moment we enter that realm. So why do so many of my brethren hold onto this
earthly existence as though Heaven doesn’t even exist? Could it be that the
riches of this life are so controlling that even believers can’t resist their
attraction? “But they that will be rich fall
into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which
drown men in destruction and perdition.”
1 Timothy 6:9.
Christians love it when they can recite the
following quote to another believer or even to non-believers for that matter,
“I’m living in this world but I’m not of the world. I’m only a sojourner here.
I’m one of God’s ambassadors and soon He’ll call me
home.” Sadly, more and more we see that many Christians today have the same
mindset as their worldly counterparts. Greed, lust, and fear are evident in the
lifestyles of many of my brethren and it’s becoming clear many of America’s seventy or so percent
Christians are not just in the
world but ofthe
world. “Ye have lived in pleasure on the
earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of
slaughter.” James 5:5.
Among Jesus’ earliest followers there were some
who were wealthy, Zaccheus, Joseph of Arimathea, Barnabas, but they we not ruled
by wealth. Today there are many Christians that have obtained great wealth, yet
we’re presented with sufficient evidence of just where the pursuit of wealth can
when we allow that pursuit to motivate our lives. Sin can and will avail itself
when Christians become consumed
with attaining wealth. The key word here is
consumed. “For the love of money
is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from
the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
1 Timothy 6:10. And wealth can create
a significant obstacle to the
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I
say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And
again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a
needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
Ask yourself this question: If when tomorrow comes
I‘ve lost everything I have will I trust God to supply my needs? Or, will I
worry and fret and scheme and connive to get back what I’ve lost? It’s easy to
say I’ll trust God when we haven’t really lost anything yet, but what if it
really happens. What if you really did lose your home, your car, your bank
account, all your earthly possessions, and lastly, your spouse walks out on you?That
scenario sounds like Job’s situation, doesn’t it? What did Job do? And how did
God reward Job later on? If you haven’t done so already, read the book of Job,
the answers to those two questions are in plain view.
We hold onto worldly materialism way too tightly.
I know we need things and I know most, in this country at least, are prosperous
and many are thriving.Knowing
I wonder how many Christians are really looking forward to the rapture of the
Church. How many of my brethren will need to be dragged, kicking and screaming
all the way to Heaven when the rapture happens? Remember Jesus’ admonition to
the young wealthy man who wanted to gain eternal life?
“Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect,
go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure
in heaven: and come and follow me.”
Matthew 19:21. Where did that young
man’s treasure get him? “But when the young
man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”
Matthew 19:22. His
riches had too strong ofa
hold on him and he was unable to see any benefit in knowing and following Jesus
“I just bought a new and very expensive BMW,
awesome car.” “Have you seen my new Harley? Wow what a ride.” “We we’re finally
able to buy our new ‘dream home’.” The bank account is fat, the garage has two
new cars sitting all waxed and ready for cruising, the lawn is manicured, the
new giant flat screen TV is installed on the wall and you’ve just invested in a
surround sound system for your home, you’ll never need to go to the theater
again. “Yes sir, now this is Heaven.” And all is well in suburbia. Heaven?Dream
home? Earthly materialism? Ask yourself Christian, where is my home, really.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and
steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”
It seems in many cases Jesus’ words go unheeded.
“For where your treasure is, there will your
heart be also” Matthew 6:21.
How many believers are storing up treasure here on earthjust
like the heathen? Sadly, it seems many see no benefit in moving on to Heaven,
they seek after earthly rewards and have stored nothing up for their eternal
It seems as if many of my brethren are looking for
some specific sign or Jesus’ glorious appearing before they’ll begin to get
ready for the great escape,but
what they don’t seem to realize is there will be no sign given. There will be a
great disappearance of believers at some point,but
that isn’t a sign for believers,it’s
a sign for non-believers. We are witnessing many events falling into place that
lead us to believe we are very near the end, and it’s exciting to watch. These
events fuel our anticipation of what’s coming.But
for the most part the signs Jesus’ disciples asked Him to reveal to them are
concerning the end of days just before His Second Advent. They aren’t really
signs for determining a time for the rapture of the church.
We are admonished to be ready for the rapture.
Jesus is coming as a thief in the night. That’s not speaking of His second
telling us the rapture of His Church is imminent. As I visit various prophecy
websites this question inevitably pops up. “Are you ready?” I honestly don’t
believe many of my brethren are ready and we know the lost aren’t.
Central to the Christian faith is the knowledge
that we, as born again believers, are set apart from the world. We belong to
Jesus Christ. That really does place a huge responsibility uponus.
We aren’t to conform to the world so why do we? Jesus tells us over and over
again what happens to those who become consumed with the cares of this world.
Pride, greed, fear, covetousness, lust are ever recurring themes throughout the
entire Bible, all of which stem from losing our focus on Jesus and replacing
that focus with a materialistic world view.
The more we have the more we want.Instead
of seeing Heaven as our real home where we will spend eternity with Jesus Christ
we become enamored with all we can accumulate. This accumulation of materialism
becomes the love of our lives and our god. There is a direct correlation between
where your treasure is and where your heart is. If you regard your material
possessions as your treasure then your heart is set here on this earth, and that
my friend is a far shot from Heaven.
We should look at Heaven as the believer’s “Dream
home”. Jesus tells us there are many mansions in Heaven and He has prepared a
place for each of us. “In My Father's house
are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a
place for you.” John 14:2.
Heaven will be far superior than even the most luxurious of
mansions here on earth. But that’s not why we look to Heaven. We look to Heaven
because Jesus is there.
There’s an old adage that says “To be too Heavenly
minded is to be no earthly good” this is nonsense. Being too worldly minded is
exactly the problem today with many a Christian, they have no sense
of Heaven whatsoever. This little adage may well be part of the problem. Jesus,
in the Gospel of Matthew, speaks of Heaven 69 times He wants us to be Heavenly
minded,there is no possible way to be
too Heavenly minded.
I was born here and if the Lord tarries I’ll die
I am certainly not remaining here. The dwelling I call a house and this country
that has me registered as a citizen even this planet that gravitationally holds
my body here is not my home.
Where is your home, Christian?
God bless you all,
All scripture is from the KJV