Tip Your Hat Toward God?
By: Rev. Joe Kramer
As I sat and pondered (no this isn’t going to be an Edgar Allen Poe poem! lol) about Christianity and my own spiritual walk with God, I came to a realization. “Christians” today tend to kind of tip their hats toward God. Let us explore this thought in today’s article.
and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
-Matthew 18:3 (NKJV)
and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
-Ephesians 4:23 (NKJV)
Today People tend to add church onto their lives. They want to do all that they used to do and then just tack Jesus onto the side. They lull themselves into a false sense of security. They have an emotional experience, but never get beyond that. They want to simply live their lives and have their consciences salved over and bandaged.
In our first verse it says that we must become as children in order to enter into the kingdom. This verse does not just speak about conversion but speaks about the way we look at our morality. The way we look at Christianity. Christianity should not be something that is tacked onto our lives, but it should change our lives, it should make us completely different than who we used to be, to become something new. By that I don’t mean that you aren’t you anymore, I mean you are becoming someone different, you see the world differently.
Now this brings us to our next verse which commands us to be renewed in our minds. How does one accomplish this task? Well, the answer is simple but hard to practice. Are you ready? Take what you find in God’s Word, the Bible’s principles, and put them into practice! Novel, new concept… I know (gee that one will sell books right? See yesterday’s article to understand this joke)! Here is the rub. If you aren’t reading the Bible, digging out the principles, and maybe attending some kind of Bible Study (either in person or online) then you aren’t really renewing your mind. Renewing the mind, which means pulling the truths out and practicing them, is invaluable to us; it helps to deconstruct our old ways of doing things, which are of dead works and selfishness and allows us to, at the same time, establish the Bible’s ways of doing things! Does this mean you will wear a suit and tie everywhere? No. Does this mean you will stand on a street corner yelling, “Turn or burn!?” NO (I hope not as that is more ineffective than it is effective)! It simply means that you will not set out to intentionally lie to someone, hurt them, or anything else. You won’t go out of your way to make them absolutely miserable, just because you can. Remember it is about our heart, out of which flows our conduct. Do you want to know what is in a person’s heart? Then look at the way in which they speak to people, treat people, and act. Only then will you know who a person is and what they are about.
You know there is an old saying that floats around in preaching circles, albeit somewhat of a cliché. If you want to know what a man is like, talk to their wives. Don’t look at their accomplishments or their stature in power and money. Talk to their wife; get to know what she has to say about the man, or vice versa for you ladies out there. Is this a 100% true way of learning things? Of Course not, but it tends to be a good place to start.
So what should you do? Let me ask you some questions. Do you have a time that you set aside on a daily basis for just you and God? Do you even try to put into practice what you find in the Bible? Or are you just another pew warmer trying to get some salve for your conscience so you can feel better about yourself. The choice is yours! What are going to do? Turn completely around and give your heart back to God and allow Him to change you through His Word, knowing that as you come you can trust Him as a child does to do what He said He would do? Or will you just sit in the muck and mire like some kind of pig and enjoy the crud of life.