Thursday, February 23, 2012

Registered Believers need not apply; Hearts wanted, not titles

                                                                             Memory Verse #2

So acknowledge today and take to heart that the LORD is God in heaven above and on earth below. There is no other. - Deuteronomy 4:39

There are many people who acknowledge that the LORD is God. Approximately 75% of the United States claim to be Christian. It is hard to see people on television and in the news, who claim to acknowledge Jesus, but then preach a gospel of hate and violence. I hate seeing “political leaders” expressing damnation on homosexuality and people outside their church walls. It is becoming difficult to acknowledge that the LORD is God in public, not because I am ashamed of a loving God who laid his life down for us, but because of the others who have distorted the message. When I acknowledge the LORD as God many people think I am a homophobic, racist, judgmental, finger pointing, fundamental legalist.

Jesus says “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Matt. 7:24). Acknowledging is only the first part of what God calls us to be. We are not only to acknowledge but we are to take to heart that the LORD is God.

I think we have many who acknowledge, but do not truly take to heart. I am not here to try to separate those who merely acknowledge, and those who take to heart, but I do see there is a great difference. Not only is it important that we take to heart that the LORD is God, but it is important that we realize he is God of heaven and earth.

Sometimes we see God upstairs in the heavens divinely controlling all things spiritual in the afterlife. While the LORD has control of heavenly things, he also has in his hands earthly things. The LORD is able to act and intervene in this world because he is God here too.

Finally, there is no other. The LORD is God, plain and simple. You cannot serve the LORD and your politics, you cannot serve the LORD and your money, and you cannot serve the LORD and your homophobic agenda. It is time that we the Church take to heart that the LORD is God, not us, of both heaven and earth, and it is time we give him back our own self proclaimed thrones and scepters.

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