Our fears expose our idols

Fears abound. What if the stock market crashes? What if my career does not progress further? What if they do not like me? What if I lose “it”?

Since secular people consider themselves to have moved beyond superstitious idolatry, to assert that many contemporary fears are birthed in idolatry might sound oxymoronic. Yet, when we understand how idols function, the correlation is obvious. Fortunately, jettisoning idols along with their fears leads toward obtaining the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. Continue reading “Our fears expose our idols”

Carrying old baggage

“And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved'” (Acts 15:1 NKJV).

When people convert from one religion to another, it is rare that they are able to make a clean and immediate break with all of the beliefs and practices of their first faith. Many of those are so deeply ingrained as to seem instinctive; they have become part of the person’s identity. But they are not intrinsic characteristics; rather they are simply the old baggage remaining from rejected faith. Continue reading “Carrying old baggage”

Where’s the Treasure?

Although many people might nod a glassy-eyed acknowledgment that we need to comply with Jesus’ teaching to lay up treasure in heaven as the self-vindicating rationalization of “yeah, I’m doing some of that” passes through their mind, Jesus’ subsequent teachings can startle lethargy like salt in an open wound. Sitting on a mountainside teaching the crowds, Jesus flayed open our inner workings in such a way which can sting because we know it rings true. Matthew 6:19-24 Since people treasure (love, serve and worship) whatever they believe takes care of them, some people serve the created order and accordingly seek … Continue reading Where’s the Treasure?