Morning Musing: Psalm 135:15-18

“The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands.  They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see; they have ears, but do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths.  Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

In the ancient world, idols were obvious.  Someone who worshipped an idol would often literally bow down before a statue.  He would make sacrifices before a big hunk of carved rock or wood or shaped metal.  They were things made by human hands.  Today…not so much.  But, just because idolatry is more difficult to spot doesn’t meant the reality of it is any different. Read the rest…

Morning Musings: 2 Corinthians 10:5

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Here is a truth that the world doesn’t know and Jesus followers forget much too often and always at our peril: Our chief enemies in the battle to advance the Gospel are always ideas and never people.  People are never our enemies.  They are always, only, and ever creatures bearing the image of God and, prayerfully, future brothers and sisters in Christ.  Our opponents are the ideas they carry and advance.  It is ideas that undermine and tear down the Christian worldview.  Ideas have consequences.  Bad ideas have victims.  We must be ruthless with ideas, but gentle and loving with people.  This is a tough balance to achieve, but one we must if we are to boldly advance the Gospel as is our call.