Ditch the lollipop, and get out of the playground!!!

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This saddens me, but more importantly, it saddens God. As Christians, we are NOT suppose to compromise the Word and the Truths contained within it. We are not to change these either. WE are meant to change, we are meant to be set apart from the World and its burgeoning and ever changing social constructs. Being a Christian IS becoming someone who is COUNTER-culture, and not someone who accepts the “current” winds of change if it goes against the very precepts of God and His Word. It’s NOT reading into the text to support a view point, or lifestyle, which inadvertently means you have to perform some scriptural and doctrinal gymnastics to be “okay” with and even endorse what the Word of God so clearly says is wrong!
Being a Christian requires strength to stand up for what is right, strength that the world would has NO idea about and could not even begin to fathom. It requires us to be able to give a “good defence” of basic principles and statutes, all the while understanding what “real love” actually is.
The world has no idea about this “love” which has to be “truth” because to the world, “love” is thinking that the spoilt child knows what is best for them. The world says…just let them live the way they want too! But even as parents, this is NOT the reality of raising a child. In reality this doesn’t even apply to us; it cannot and must not be the way for adults either.
“”A loving God, according to many, would simply dote on His children. Many think He should be like the grandfather who spoils His grandkids and then hands them back to the parents. We think God should just let us have a good time, eating, drinking, and partying. However, God really does love us, which means that He, like any good parent, allows His children to learn by experience. How many parents, as their children learn to walk, never allow them to fall down? Parents do not like to see their children hurt or upset but it would be a spoiled child who always had its way and never once got hurt.
Again, it is because God loves us that He allows us to suffer. It is part of His plan for us to become like Him. We should not confuse love with kindness, as C. S. Lewis so eloquently pointed out. When people ask why God allows us to suffer, they do not understand the nature of God or His plan for us. This is not necessarily their fault but the question is evidence of ignorance or at least temporary blindness.””
(C S Lewis)
Isn’t badness often only a reflection of *too much goodness* being placed upon someone. You know the mantra… too much of a good thing will kill you. And if we as individuals determine our “own” good thing in its all encompassing and total Subjective reality… that “good” thing becomes “our” little god, “our” law, “our” first love, the “first me”. It’s all so individualised, so much so that we haven’t become adults that really see anything outside of “our” little made up universe. And if anyone comes along and tries to crash into it, “our” universe is going to be potentially shattered, and we must protect it for all it’s worth, by any means necessary. Even if that means by calling others names, and behaving no better than a spoilt child who lost its lollipop in the playground by not paying attention, then turns around and blames all the other kids around them because they still have theirs.
It really is time for us as a society to grow up. And most definitely for Christians to get out of their comfort zone, ditch the lollipop, chew on some meat and step out of the bubble, and reject their self love!

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One thought on “Ditch the lollipop, and get out of the playground!!!

  1. I fully understand the sentiment, but Christians have most often been brought into the fold precisely on the basis of self interest – i.e. how do I preserve my life after death – rather than any desire for collective well-being which will incline them towards the maturity of wider ethical thinking.

    Consequently there seem to to be many Christians who even after a lifetime of exposure to Christian teaching still struggle with the basics of consideration for others in many different respects.

    I haven’t been convinced that Christianity is actually a particularly good vehicle for promoting the kind of maturity you quite rightly advocate for.

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