The following note was left on my August 24th blog responding to an article on "Truth And The Modern Day Leader":
Mr. RushThanks for the clarity and examples of some things you were talking about. As one who is at sort of a "bridge" age (mid thirties) between the older and younger generations and seeing some of this unrest/conflict played out (the leaving of "our" churches), as well as being parent to two young ones, I agree with you. We've got to get honest and act with more integrity in areas such as these. You mentioned not bring them up and dealing with them in the body because of potential conflict...it's even harder when the same can be said for your own family! Thanks for your thoughts. Jay
Here is precisely an example of the kind of person I think is reading this blog...and why I try to write with intricate assistance and encouragement. Jay has a heart for Truth and finds it a strong challenge to know how to maneuver between the way we are and what God wants.
Therefore, I encourage you to continue to strive for His excellent way. In the kingdom there was, is, and will be heavy conflict. We don't have to march the streets in protest; the closer we become as Him, the more the stress increases. When you read the NT it is loaded with opposition. In America we don't do opposition. We will run to safety. Safety is the church motto.
So good for Jay and good for you when you wish to serve faithfully and acknowledge the challenges in front of you. We've submitted our energy to too many skirmishes which weren't worth fighting over; Bible versions, music preferences, etc. While some have armed themselves with delight the church's children were killed in the uneventful process of boredom. This is shameful.
So good for Jay and good for you when you can awaken to the cruel reality that to submit to a religion which does not call for our growing adaptability to His ever-revealing Truth will result in that other thing He declared would happen....stolen, robbed, and killed by the Thief...Jn. 10:10.
Work on the things which really matter. Keep smiling when approached by the things which don't....but don't surrender your children in the process.