Posted: May 16, 2008 in Updates

I have to admit. Sometimes I wonder why I even signed up for this service. I wonder if what I have to say is even relevant to the people I am hoping will read. I kind of trailed off my writing a couple of months back due to a VineLife follower of Christ who said that he can’t understand half of what I write. So, I guess you could say, I wondered what the point of writing was if I can’t even communicate effectively to those who I am writing to. However, I also find that in writing, I bring a bit of order to the chaos of thoughts going through my head. It is a door way into a human heart. While my thoughts may not be relevant to certain people, they represent the freedom that God has granted us to explore the full gamut of his kingdom come.

You see as I read some blogs (not intended as a generalization), I often still sense a bit of a tendency to nail down truth in the realm of whatever the blog topic might be; baptism, theology, decline of the church, etc. However, what I am finding is that God is not interested in our defining truth. Rather, he has already defined it once and for all in Christ. OK, this is such an ambiguous statement, that in many ways is trying to define truth. But hear me say this, I am not trying to define truth beyond the foundation in Christ that has been laid. The freedom comes in, when we apply truth to any given context or situation. It is when we engage culture with Christ leading the way in.

Truth is not something we master or even uncover rather it is revealed. The crazy thing is that though many of us had the Truth revealed to us by God’s Spirit, we now think it is up to us to reveal the Truth as truth bearers. I wonder. Is this our job? Or perhaps we are called to simply reveal the Truth of God’s reign in the way it was revealed to us. Perhaps, it is in the telling of the story that we find others coming to Christ. Think of Deuteronomy 6. Where is evangelism? Some would argue it’s not there. I would say it is there, just not in the marketing, self-promotion or condemnatory ways that we so often see. Right in the midst of raising up stories and stones (see Joshua 4) that will help us remember what God has done for us. Sadly, truth has become for many nothing more than a judgment of what we believe is right for our lives laid in black in white upon others. Is this oversimplified? Give me your thoughts and opinions. That is, if I have effectively communicated, the Truth. ; )

  1. Russ says:

    Here’s Deut. 6 for those of us that don’t have it memorized like Les 😉

    “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded {me} to teach you, that you might do {them} in the land where you are going over to possess it,
    Deu 6:2 so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.
    Deu 6:3 “O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do {it,} that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, {in} a land flowing with milk and honey.
    Deu 6:4 “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!
    Deu 6:5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
    Deu 6:6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.
    Deu 6:7 “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
    Deu 6:8 “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.
    Deu 6:9 “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
    Deu 6:10 “Then it shall come about when the LORD your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build,
    Deu 6:11 and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are satisfied,
    Deu 6:12 then watch yourself, that you do not forget the LORD who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
    Deu 6:13 “You shall fear {only} the LORD your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name.
    Deu 6:14 “You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you,
    Deu 6:15 for the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; otherwise the anger of the LORD your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth.
    Deu 6:16 “You shall not put the LORD your God to the test, as you tested {Him} at Massah.
    Deu 6:17 “You should diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and His testimonies and His statutes which He has commanded you.
    Deu 6:18 “You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the LORD swore to {give} your fathers,
    Deu 6:19 by driving out all your enemies from before you, as the LORD has spoken.
    Deu 6:20 “When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What {do} the testimonies and the statutes and the judgments {mean} which the LORD our God commanded you?’
    Deu 6:21 then you shall say to your son, ‘We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and the LORD brought us from Egypt with a mighty hand.
    Deu 6:22 ‘Moreover, the LORD showed great and distressing signs and wonders before our eyes against Egypt, Pharaoh and all his household;
    Deu 6:23 He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land which He had sworn to our fathers.’
    Deu 6:24 “So the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God for our good always and for our survival, as {it is} today.
    Deu 6:25 “It will be righteousness for us if we are careful to observe all this commandment before the LORD our God, just as He commanded us.

  2. Russ says:

    I don’t know if it’s that we try to “nail down” the truth in these little specific areas. I see it more as trying to understand how universal truths apply in specific human situations. By describing those specific applications to each other (and ourselves), maybe we better understand the universal truth itself…Now THAT was a poorly communicative run-on thought.
    Hopefully you know what I mean anyway.

    I think there is evangelism in there. The people who have had the biggest influence on me are the ones that tell their story by quietly living their lives in such a different way than the norm that I can tell they have a different understanding and a different spirit in them. They don’t have to actively tell their story and proselytize. People who are seeking come to them…that’s what I aspire to one day be.

    And I think you’re right. Blogging is more for personal thought development than for what others get from it.

  3. Yes, makes perfect sense. I have heard some say something like “God said it, I believe it, that settles it”. Actually “God said it” that should settle it right there. God is the Truth, plain and simple. We need to make sure we are following Him and staying in the Truth.
    Thanks for this blog. I will certainly be back to read more of your thoughts. God bless!

  4. Don Middleton says:


    I saw your link on a friend’s site (Don Morrison). I, too, have pondered the reason for writing. I have come to believe that blogging has helped my own thinking and has helped me to put thoughts into words that I have never done before. It may not make a bit of difference to others, but it has been good for me. If others are blessed by my venture, then praise the Lord. Take care,

    Don Middleton

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