Lyrics above are from a Randy Travis song “Digging Up Bones”. Ryan Duncan had it right when he wrote this in 2014 and it fits our situation today just as well. I sometimes feel like even in the church we spend too much time digging up bones. Gossip, false actuations, un-founded rumors are always “Exhuming things that’s better left alone.” Even outside the church we see this menu of behavior in the run up to the Presidential election. Below are some people that were not without fault in their day, yet were called to do a needed task.
-Abraham -Was old.
–Elijah – Was suicidal.
-Joseph – Was abused.
-Job – Went bankrupt.
-Moses – Had a speech problem.
-Gideon – Was afraid.
-Samson – Was a womanizer.
-Rahab – Was a prostitute.
–Samaritan Woman – Divorced.
Quite a list. Fast forward to today and let me share with you these words written by *Ryan Duncan the Culture Editor for Crosswalk.com
“We live in a world that has fallen to sin, and as a result, everyone is guilty of something. No one is perfect. Yet one of the great wonders of the Gospel is that God uses imperfect people to spread His glory. Since mankind first took their step outside Eden, God has been calling the broken, the faithless, and the poor in spirit to do great things in His name. Just read the Bible if you don’t believe me. In fact, Jesus’ ministry was distinguished for using unlikely people to share hope in a troubled world. Christianity is not reserved for the “worthy”, nor does God limit himself to the spiritually pious. The simple truth is we are all battered, bruised beggars at the doorstep of God’s mercy.” The author of Romans 3:23 had it right when he wrote, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
This post is about the state of the “church” in relation to the turmoil within our nation. We have become a judgmental people displaying an excessively critical point of view of people and things based not on prayerful consideration but rather on what we want them or it to be. Now I will make a personal confession. I have been in turmoil over the possible ramifications that will come about, however this election turns out. Then, as always happens in all this turmoil the Pastor confronted me with a fact. Wham!!! Hey of course it matters but the fact is God will still be in control, Jesus will still be the risen Son of God through whom I will have eternal life and God loves me and there is nothing I can do about it; it doesn’t matter who wins or loses. So dig all the bones you want and you will just be left standing in a hole.
Kelly Givens recently commented on several ways a person could open themselves to the Holy Spirit. Based around the teachings of Rick Warren and Greg Laurie, these methods included,
- Keeping your heart grateful
- Keeping your mind on Jesus
- Patiently waiting for His timing
- Living by His word
- Remember, Jesus has used the smallest people to change the course of history. No matter where we come from, our home is in Christ.
I guess I am one of the small people, fact is most of us are. But….. Jesus has used the smallest people to change the course of history.
So let’s work at keeping a grateful heart, focusing on how Jesus would have us live, prayerfully seeking His leading and keeping his word first in our lives. I can vote for that!
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you in the pew next week.
References: Kelly Givens / Ryan Duncan / Bible Gateway /”Diggin’ Up Bones” is a song written by Paul Overstreet, Al Gore, and Nat Stuckey