Thursday, November 14, 2013

"God would NEVER ask me to do something like THAT"

When we say, "God would NEVER ask me to do something like THAT" as a reason why certain things are "Just not done in Church" are we not in fact deciding for God what is or is not Godly?

As a student of the Word you soon realize some pretty crazy things were requested from God in obedience. If God asks you to do something your flesh doesn't want to do... will we call it ungodly to cover up our unwillingness to be used. I'm not going to give examples, but if you have lived and worked around the world (as I have) in different cultures, with different standards of what is or is not "Godly" you begin to realize that we have put a whole bunch of human reason and flesh into our boundaries of what is or is not acceptable.

This is not a hypergrace argument, it is a question we must ask before we begin to define for others what is "acceptable". I will admit there are some things that happen among Christians that make me a little nuts. YET... how can I decide if he or she has not been asked to walk around naked for three years ... or not ... and is just being obedient.

Isaiah 20
1In the year when King Sargon of Assyria sent his commander in chief to capture the Philistine city of Ashdod,a 2the Lord told Isaiah son of Amoz, “Take off the burlap you have been wearing, and remove your sandals.” Isaiah did as he was told and walked around naked and barefoot.
3Then the Lord said, “My servant Isaiah has been walking around naked and barefoot for the last three years. This is a sign—a symbol of the terrible troubles I will bring upon Egypt and Ethiopia.b 4For the king of Assyria will take away the Egyptians and Ethiopiansc as prisoners. He will make them walk naked and barefoot, both young and old, their buttocks bared, to the shame of Egypt. 5Then the Philistines will be thrown into panic, for they counted on the power of Ethiopia and boasted of their allies in Egypt! 6They will say, ‘If this can happen to Egypt, what chance do we have? We were counting on Egypt to protect us from the king of Assyria.’”

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