Originally, I thought to discuss marketing, but I felt it was better to move forward and skip that section.
This is partially because I am a lousy marketer. My blogs relatively low traffic often convinces me I am a failure; then again, Truth in the Trenches is relatively young.
And yet, marketing, while it seems so central to our culture where the inane “appearances are reality” can sometimes be a crutch, a replacement for the reality of God’s power.
Like many in apologists, I spend a great deal of time working through the reason and rational of the faith. I cannot argue that this is wrong, God has placed all believer’s in His church, it is dangerous to start devaluing anyone who is in the faith, or any gift He provides. Yet, as important as our gifts are, it is easy to make them in crutches.
Scripture tells us, we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness in this present world, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.
Romans 1 discusses the adoption by society in terms, not of man accepting poor arguments, nor in terms of faulty intellect, but in terms of man rejecting God, and God, in turn, letting man walk further down the primrose path to his own destruction.
Unless the Lord keeps the city, the watchman watches in vain.
Our arguments are intensely important, they are in fact a spiritual exercise, an act of worship. Yet, our power comes not from ourselves, but from Him. If our arguments are delivered from ourselves, our strength, our intellect without a recognition that we need Him, we have failed before we leave the gate. On the otherhand, if this is the reproach of Christ, and we go forward in Him, we are successful.
We, to be faithful must raise the arguments, but God does not hold us to account for the results. In a sense, these are His. I am going to ask the most difficult question when it comes to gay marriage. How much have we prayed about this decision? Has this moved us to pray, and weep? To perhaps do some spiritual house cleaning within ourselves? I confess, at first, I focused so much as on the arguments, on filling my own role within the church, I prayed little, though my heart has spent much time on this matter since.
The battle, as always is the Lord’s Let us remember we are in Christ, in it together. Take time to worship.
2 Chronicles 7:14. Maranatha.