“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. ”
James 3:13-14 NKJV
There is a prevailing thought that is running rampant in our society today, as various groups seek to have the rule of law over all the others. Today, it is the thinking is of dominating other people and forcing adherence to values foreign and repugnant to those place in subjugation. That effort to dominate is manifested in the political and social realms of society.
We are caught up in a culture war, battling for supremacy, by any means necessary. We have been drawn into stinking thinking, and have failed to represent Jesus. As a result the spreading of the Gospel has suffered.
We are living in a world we deserve as a result.
There have been many casualties in that war, as young and old alike have been cast into the battle, whether they like it or not. Even the comic books have become a place of war. Many folks, simply being themselves have been bullied and cancelled because they said the wrong thing at the wrong time.
In the world of the Christian, the language of the Gospel has been replaced by the language filled with the wisdom of the age. Even believers, saved by the grace of God, have neglected the wisdom of the Scriptures and pursued that of the world, as they seek to establish a “sharia like” theocracy where everyone must adhere to what they say the Bible teaches.
Once again in the book of James this morning, and I am confronted with the passage dealing with the difference between heavenly and worldly wisdom. As I observe the state of our world, and the global church with in it, I am finding that it is increasingly difficult to distinguish between the ecclesiastical and the secular. It has all blurred together.
As those saved by the blood of the Lamb we are called to think of better things, to show the wisdom from above and not that from below. We are not called to be sensual, earthly in our wisdom, but must reflect the holiness of God. The wisdom of the world is contrary that which comes from above.
“This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
James 3:15-18 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, let us cast off the stinking thinking, the beliefs that have no business residing in the renewed mind of the Christ follower. We have been given the Great Commission, the calling to go and tell the world of a better way of thinking. Our priority is to go into all the world and proclaim what Jesus has done.
We are to bring the heart of God to a lost world, sorely in need of Good News. May the wisdom we bring be pure and peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, but standing on the truth.
God has already won the battle and the war. It is all a matter of time. Let us go forth as victors, leading as many as possible into the Kingdom while there is still time.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
II Corinthians 5:17-21 NKJV