Morning Musings

I’ve been sitting up for a couple hours after giving up on trying to sleep at 5:30 this morning.

We are finally mostly moved in. I need to go cut the lawn, but it’s still too wet from dew.

We haven’t found a church yet–and I’ll be traveling the next two weeks, so it will be awhile.

But I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit. I was reading recently about the Christological dispute that separated the Coptic Church from Eastern Orthodoxy, and thinking about how minor it was compared to the many current denominations that are not even Christian in any sense of the word.

Since I’ll be travelling for a while, and not home to do the myriad of things that need doing, maybe I’ll have a few more chances to write.

The last several years I attended a church that had swallowed the progressive pill big time. I regarded it as a missionary endeavor, and made some progress. I befriended the pastor, and kept bringing things up. He switched from pussy-footing around issues to speaking to them directly, and started preaching straight from the Bible rather than preaching feel-good progressivism.

But I moved thousands of miles.

And now I have a kid on the way.

Is it wise to try to exorcise a church if it means bringing my wife and child to a place where demons and the devil are not only present, but lauded as Holy God and angels? I’d far rather find a church whose soul is intact, and then fight to keep it that way.

Is that laziness on my part? Fear? Or just a change in my calling?

I’m not willing to endanger the souls of those in my charge to fight for souls not in my charge.

But is that part of the problem?

Are the souls of so many churches demon-possessed because fathers of the faith are keeping their families away from their demonic influence rather than reclaiming them in Christ’s name?

I don’t know.

The birds are singing. It’s a beautiful morning. I’m going to put this computer down, smoke my pipe and pray.

Because I lack wisdom, but God doesn’t.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. —James 1:5 (NASB)

3 thoughts on “Morning Musings

  1. Interesting dilemma. It usually ends up being: “go where you’re sent.” And we usually find out what we should do by prayer.

    Phil 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Some seasons you get sent places to grow. Other seasons you get sent to places to witness. Ironically, within the Church is a place to witness.

  2. Good thoughts.

    Well written.

    Reminds me I’m overdue for a good hour with my pipe. A fresh tobacco would probably help put it top of mind.

    My W usually complains about the lack of fellowship in our church; I often let her go to a smaller and more traditional church. I don’t have the option to join as I work being the scene at our main church.

    I usually choose to be grateful for the other broken sinners that keep showing up to seek fellowship.

    I admire your stance on challenging the pastor – with one almost twice my age that idea doesn’t seem attractive here.

    Now to pray for a new search for fellowship; or a stronger impetus to start home church version 1.0.

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