Be Careful What You Believe

by pastortimfowler

I hear a lot of negative feedback about politicians who “flaunt” their Christian faith on the campaign trail. The constant bombardment of assumptive statements that make people of faith sound like the blind following the blind. If I didn’t find it so amusing I would get angry. No one ever questions a Muslim as if they were stupid. No one ever questions someone with no religious beliefs as if they were stupid. Only the Christian faith. That leads me to believe that I am following the right beliefs.
But I have to caution people about who and what you believe, even as a Christian. There is a big flap about Pat Robertson and some statements that he made concerning a man divorcing his sick wife. Pat may be someone who professes to be a Christian, and I won’t question his status there, but I do know that his teaching is not what the Bible teaches. My biggest concern is not about the issue of whether or not you can get a divorce, but whether or not you should break your promises. Every wedding I have ever been part of, and that is plenty as a pastor of almost 20 years, has both parties make a promise to love each other “until death do you part”. To divorce someone because they are terminally ill would be breaking that promise and the Bible clearly teaches that breaking our promises is wrong.
The other side of the being careful what you believe comes from what you read and hear from the media and special interest groups. In our city, we are in night 3 of a 3 day city-wide revival where 12 churches have come together to say that unity is more important than race. Our local newspaper was there early the first night and the reporter left 30 minutes before the 7pm starting time. Not only did he get names wrong of people he talked with, he grossly mis-reported the number in attendance. He did an estimate of about 100 at 6:30pm and left. When we started at 7pm, there were over 600 in attendance. Now there is a buzz on their website from readers who are mocking the effort of the churches and the poor attendance for this worthy effort. There are also reports of people being turned away because of what they were wearing and no one was turned away. Supposedly about 12 bikers were there the 2nd night and weren’t allowed to come in, but that night, no bikers showed up and again, no one was turned away.
Special interest groups are trying to scare people with reports that everything will kill you. One famous TV doctor reported that there was arsenic in apple-juice, but failed to mention that there are two types of arsenic and one is naturally occurring in nature and poses no threat to humans. If we drive too big of cars we are killing our atmosphere but if we drive electric cars were pose no risk of pollution at all; right. Electricity magically appears from nowhere, not coal or oil-fired generators. Not to mention that evil plastic that bottled water comes in, but is okay if it wraps a chemical laden battery. I have news for you. Man will not destroy the planet. God said that it is His to judge and what He has in mind does not need our help.
It is important that Christians not get discouraged from bad media coverage. We should also guard against jumping wholeheartedly into anything that does not match up with what God says in His word. Although the Bible was written thousands of years ago, we must always remember that God is the one who directed its writing and God is not taken by surprise about how we have developed. He made us and the universe we live in. He knows our needs and knows our hearts. He knows our bodies and what we put into them. He expects us to listen to Him before we listen to anyone else.
If God has put it in His word, the Bible, we should judge all things through it, not what the media or even a scientists may say. No, I am not saying that we don’t need to listen to scientists, but I am saying, be careful what you believe. Some people have an agenda against Christians and their belief in what God says, and far too often, media, scientists and special interest groups will say anything to sway our beliefs.

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