Flatlander Faith

Apologetics from an Anabaptist perspective

To see as God sees

By virtue of my birth into this world, I am of the earth, earthy.  This means that I have a natural affinity for all that is earthy.  I gauge success the way the world gauges success; I gauge failure the way the world gauges failure.  I expect governments to care for the elderly, the mentally ill and those incapacitated by drug and alcohol abuse.  I expect governments to fix the problem of unmotivated, disrespectful young people.  I blame the government for unemployment, crime and the store clerk who can hardly speak English.

This is what comes naturally to me as a citizen of this world.  However, I have been born a second time, a spiritual birth that has made me a citizen of the heavenly kingdom.  Yet my worldview, my concept of how things work in this world and what is important in this world, did not automatically change when I was born again.

Perhaps this was Jonah’s problem.  He was a servant of God, a prophet, yet when God called him to go and preach to Nineveh all he could see was the danger to his own country.  The Assyrian Empire was a great threat to his country and even though God called him to prophesy the destruction of Nineveh, he knew in his heart that God cared about people.  That was fine if it were limited to the people of his own country, but Nineveh?  He wanted no part in being an instrument of God’s mercy to them!  It took a special object lesson to soften the prophet’s heart before he could rejoice in God’s mercy for the 120,000 small children in Nineveh.

Why is it so difficult for a child of God to understand God’s value system?  To realize that the things that seem so important to me in my earthiness are of no importance at all to God?  To understand the great compassion and love of God for those around me who are so different from the kind of people that I think are pleasing to God?

Jesus told the disciples to lift up their eyes to see the fields that were ripe and ready for the harvest.  When they looked, all they could see was a crowd of those despised Samaritans.  Is my vision any better than theirs?

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