To build and to plant
March 14, 2013
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Starting this blog was an attempt to get myself motivated to do more writing, and to improve my communication skills. I want to be able to write like C. S. Lewis or G. K. Chesterton. Since I’m already 71, that may be beyond my reach. Still, I don’t want to set my sights any lower.
Last night, in our family devotions, we read this verse and it has stuck in my mind: See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant (Jeremiah 1:10).
The first part of this verse is Jeremiah’s commission as a prophet, I cannot claim to have received anything similar. However, a little light went on, showing me that effective Christian communication will often involve rooting out, pulling down and destroying ideas, beliefs, doctrines and practices that are contrary to the Word of God and which undermine our Christian life and witness. But that will do no long term good if there is no building and planting.
This is what Lewis and Chesterton excelled at. You can be drawn along in their skillfully crafted narrative, finding it just a very interesting read, then all of a sudden a thought is slipped in that makes you stop, go back and read it again. And you begin to see things in just a little different light. A seed has been planted. I wish for at least a little of that talent.