PPP Reflection 1:
I was talking to some Christians or rather some ex-Christians this week. I discovered that many of them have somehow become very angry with God. They are angry with God because in their lives, God has allowed their faith to fall to a lowly state…even to the state of walking out of God. This is very sad! The question that I have in mind is not whether God is to be "blamed" for this? In fact, to a large extent I believe that God has alot to do with this.
The question that I have in mind is: Is the Christian Church today preaching too much of those positive thinking stuff and projecting a misleading theology of Christianity? In short, are we preaching a wrong gospel of Christ altogether?
I begin to talk to another Christian brother and telling him that we have been fed too much that Christianity promises blessings and prosperity, forgetting that it also promises trials and suffering. As a result, when many Christians are faced with a challenge to their misled idea of Christianity, they do not know how to respond to it and for a moment their worlds fall apart. Just like Apostle Peter, when faced with the arrested Jesus, He was totally lost and indeed for that moment he didn’t know who Christ was. Peter’s world fell apart and it took the resurrected Lord Himself to lift him up again. I went through something very similar too.
I recalled a number of years back, my whole world fell apart and I began to walk out of God and the Church. I would want to share more of my personal experience here in subsequent reflection. But for now, I want to say that, if you are feeling that Christianity has failed you…or even Jesus has failed you…because of certain things that happened in your life…like fallen career and etc…God is in it. God has allowed it to happen. My career was totally fallen apart at one point of time and I will share more about it.
I want to leave everyone with these verses:
Hebrews 10: 28-31; 35-38
Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sacrificed him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said ,"It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again "The Lord will judge his people." It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be rewarded. You need to perservere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while,
"He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him."
– End of PPP Reflection 1 –