I just finished watching a movie on Netflix called “Finger of God.” It was about a guy who heard about some people receiving miraculous signs at their church. Signs of gold, gems, and manna being delivered into the hands of the believers. Out of nowhere. At least, nowhere on earth. The gems given to the people were examined by gemologists and they are flawless and couldn’t even be identified. Gold dust was found being sprinkled on people out of nowhere and manna appeared in bibles.
In another part of the movie, the narrator went to Zimbabwe and found a woman who was using the orphaned children to heal the people in the country. She said children believe fully that God can heal. It is adults that knock that belief out of them. She prayed with them but the orphan children laid their hands on the people and they are healed. Blind people given sight, deaf people given their hearing, crippled people made to walk, and even the dead were given their lives back.
One of the men being interviewed who was a missionary in China said the people didn’t fight about politics, or the government, or petty things. All they wanted to do was to spread the Gospel. That is all.
America is a great nation, but we have lost our way. We tend to not be able to see the forest for the trees. It took me forever to understand that phrase – Can’t see the forest for the trees. Imagine the Gospel is the forest and each tree is every belief of every person. Do you get it? We are so concerned about every tiny thing everyone believes that we forget that the whole thing is about the Gospel of Christ. The greatest command of love the Lord your God with all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. And the second command to love your neighbor as yourself.
So what if you want instruments in your church! So what if you want to worship for five hours! So what if you don’t have a bus ministry! So what if we don’t agree on every tiny thing! So what! We have made our love conditional. We only give it to those who we want to or who agrees with us. This is a shameful thing and we will be judged by these actions.
We get so wrapped up in what we think God is telling us that we are becoming like the Israelites so long ago…”every man did what was right in his own eyes”…Judges 17:6