As God has put a call to ministry in my heart, I am more and more aware of the sin in our world. Families today are no longer ‘nuclear.’ War always seems to be raging, or threatening. The United States, which was founded on Godly principles, is becoming more and more worldly. Many times people ask ‘Why?’ when the unsaved do evil acts. When planes crash due to a hijacking, or when a dictator cracks down hard on Christians.
My pastor has always said this: “Don’t be surprised when unsaved people act like unsaved people.” While this quote may not be original, it has a simple truth. While we expect Christians to live their lives by faith, we cannot expect the worldly to do the same. Yet why would someone do something so evil?
C.S. Lewis said something profound on this subject which I recently read this week. “The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred—like the Moon seen through a dirty telescope. That is why horrible nations have horrible religions: they have been looking at God through a dirty lens.”
I love this! A man’s glasses to see God is his soul. When your soul is dirty, your view is obscured. This is why many religions are not unlike Chrstianity. The founders of those religions saw something like what Christians see. However, because of their inability to see God as He really is, they missed the mark.
While we do not want to make excuses for unbelievers, once we understand their plight we understand their thought processes. Even we ourselves have a problem with seeing God as He is. When Christians allow sin their lives and do not repent of it, they are making their glass dirty, thus obscuring their view and relationship. I urge you to clean to clean the glasses of your souls in order to live effectively for Christ. For if your relationship with God is obscured by sin, you cannot minister to the fullest of your ability. While it is important for every Christian to witness and spread the Gospel, you cannot do so when you have sin in your heart.
Examine your hearts as I examine mine before our Bible Club today.