Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wanted! Critics, and Those Critical: Advanced Training Available. HS

Critics, the critical, and those adept at criticism always have a job. For the church is not perfect nor has she ever been so, that one would notice. And because the church is peopled with a sinner/saint delicate balance, indelicate comments and commentary are found in the church: Every church.
Of course, in the eyes of the unchurched or the used-to-be-churched, that is excuse more than adequate to remain aloof from "those hypocritical people." While critical remarks, glances, and body language are extant in the land, there are among the "trees," fragile plants that often are trampled in the rush to remark.
Everyone knows someone or one's who are a spiritual or emotional fragile flower, growing none-the-less in the garden of God.
Recovery is not a certainty if/when one is crushed by the weight of rude, pious, thoughtless, or just-plain-mean remarks.
Church was designed (by God) to be a place of shelter and recovery; but it was intended to be shelter from the world (a really mean place) and recovery from self and one's past. So to protect his domain and expand his influence, Satan has permitted some to become believers of parts of certain parts of Truth.
They know enough to be conversant in religiosity but absent in spirituality: a sometimes-smiling but always-deadly influence among the saints. Both those electedly wicked and electedly redeemed have one thing in common: They receive a mark in the forehead.
This mark is symbolic of the human forebrain (the frontal lobe) and lies just behind the forehead. It makes up 2/3 of the brain, has well defined neurolgical executive functions which include moral reasoning and decisioning. The significance of a symbolic "mark" on one's forehead comes clearer when we understand that the ideagram identifies whether we have chosen Jesus Christ or His (and our) arch enemy, Satan.
It's a little hard to imagine that every church has been infiltrated by those whose mind belongs to Satan and their heart to themselves. Anyone who goes to church long enough will eventually encounter and come to recognize a stomper from a stompee. Jesus describes what it is in one's spiritual genome that makes the difference between the two: "If anyone loves Me, he/she will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him/her and make our home with him/her." [John 14:23].
In closing, these words are for all who have been targeted by the devil and his minions: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." [John 14:27].
Don't be afraid to turn the other cheek; ever!  Blessings. e.c.

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