Compartmentalizing Christ

 

UntitledThe term could just as easily be said as compartmentalizing “Faith.”

To compartmentalize is to place certain things in one place and other things elsewhere. You are keeping things separated from one another. To relieve anxiety when one faces a struggle in their values or faith they seek to separate those from the issues they face so as to allow themselves the freedom to work counter to their faith or values.

With respect to the Christian faith, to say if one is compartmentalizing Christ, you would first have to determine if they actually believe in the God of the Bible. Some people have rewritten the Bible, at least in their minds and hearts so that they tell God what He means rather than letting Scripture speak to them and guide their belief. For them, the Bible may condemn or allow something where their beliefs run contrary. In such a case they no longer believe in the God of Scripture, but a god created in their own image. (See the back of the Jethro Tull, Aqualung album for a good illustration of this.)

Other Christians genuinely struggle with the differences in what they want to be reality, verses what God has said. In this instance one seeks to explain away sin or accept it on some level, believing God will look the other way, or saying “but God is loving” or God is forgiving” or “God… this or that.” This falls under the idea of James 2:17, with the perspective that one says they believe, but their actions are contrary to that belief. James notes that this is no belief at all. Jesus said (Jn. 8:31) “If you really believe, then hold to my teachings.”

You can’t compartmentalize your faith and be living it. While this does not preclude forgiveness when this is being done, it does call to question the sincerity of the faith if nothing changes. Behind the broken and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17) is the spirit that wants to change, and leave their sin behind. (Rom. 6:1-2, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”)

The Bible is a book of Law and Gospel. The Law holds us accountable for our sins and show us the need for a Savior. “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” (Heb. 10:26). The Gospel shows us the Savior, when we confess our sin before God.

There are more Facebook Christians (folks who hardly darken the steps of the church or who spend more time on FB than in The Book) than Sunday morning Christians. Sadly, there are more Sunday morning Christians than living and serving week day Christians. The faith is so easy for people to spout off or post, but next to non-existent when it comes to exercising that faith in worship of God. There are many locked in various sexual sins; people who neglect the Word and the preaching of the Word, selfishness abounds, failure to support the work of the church, jealousy, gossip,

We have to walk while we have the light (see Jn 12:35 and 1 John 1:6). These all begin as a 1st Commandment issue, placing something or someone above your relationship with God in compartmentalizing Christ. Faith has to be important enough to go with people when they leave the church on Sunday morning, if they come at all. Christ has to rule our lives. Instead of taking Christ out of certain areas of our life, we should be placing Him into every area of our life. Don’t compartmentalize you faith, unless you are purposely placing Christ in every compartment.

Pastor Bill

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“Male and Female He Created Them”

Male and FemaleIn the Mental Health world a term for someone who thinks they are someone or something else than what they truly are is Delusional Schizophrenia. According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) one in 17 adults, or about 13.6 million people in the U.S. live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder. While I can’t say, per the recent workings of our government that we have any answers to major depression or bipolar disorder, we do indeed have new guidance for many under the classification of schizophrenia.

Right now, every person who is being held in mental health facilities because of some false diagnosis that they have Delusional Schizophrenia, where doctors or courts say they are not who they claim to be, should immediately be released.

Those claims of people who tell us that they are a dead president, who are the doctors to tell them they are not? Those who claim to be long dead Physicists or British Monarchs need to be let loose.

If men can claim to be women, and women can claim to be men, then there is no reason to disbelieve the man who is in the State Hospital for claiming to be George Washington, Howard Hughes, or the Queen of England.

This goes back to the “Miracle on 34th Street” plot. A man claimed to be Santa Clause. If he says (or even if some women says) that he (she) is Santa Clause, accept it! Give them a new birth certificate, a driver’s license and whatever else necessary to show your support that they are what/who they say that they are.

This also goes hand in hand with the woman (Rachel Dolezal) who was born white, but self-identifies as being black. She was the leader for the Spokane, Washington, NAACP. Why not?

I think this will greatly benefit many folks with regard to discrimination, or reverse discrimination for that matter. If someone can identify as being American Indian, they can start a tribe, get government student grants for college, attain special admission privileges, open a casino, and legally use Peyote!

Consider the poor woman, Nano in Norway who claims to be a cat. She said “I was born in the wrong species.” She realized this when she was 16. She came to realize there was a genetic defect in her birth.

Now, I realize this may cause some struggles for some when we wake up tomorrow and have 50 to 200 people claiming to be the president of the United States. But, looking at the options for the near future in the office of president, or the way things have gone lately, do you think anyone of these people will be worse that those currently running for the position?

And it really doesn’t matter. Don’t let biology, DNA, physical appearance or anything mislead you. You are and can be who you say you are! Anyone who disagrees is close-minded.

Now, I have to admit, the place where this affects me the greatest is with various people who claim to be Jesus. You see Jesus himself said, “False christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand (Mark 13:22-23). And again, “If anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect” (Matt. 24:23-24).

It comes down to accepting what the government tells us, and then holding them to that in every way, demanding consistency in their actions and decisions. Or, perhaps it would be best to stick with God’s Word and follow such wisdom and eternal truths as…“God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).  And, Jesus affirmation of that truth repeated in Matthew 19:24.

It’s God’s way, which was once called “The Way,” or it’s the government’ way, which by its decisions have shown itself in opposition to the Word of God. You can’t have both or you fall into the realm of being as James 1:8 notes, “a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

So which is it for you, do you side with people, sinful people, sinful people in charge of other sinful people, making decisions for the same, or God, a Holy God, a righteous, loving and just God?