I could go and talk about the vile rainbow parade that we are presented with, where the current level of discourse among professions and scientists is diktat from approved lysenkoist authorities, but William Briggs beat me to the punch. Instead I’ve been thinking along the lines of Didact: that we need to unite and work together. . THis means that we need to accept that there will be variations in understanding, in worsship, and in prayer.
But we are all known to God, and he loves variety.
It’s impossible to be bored in this life if we embark on a mission to view all of God’s creations. He made so many different categories of living things, and so many kinds within those categories, that some men have effortlessly dedicated their lives to simply studying one kind of species within one category. There are many men around the world who only study fruit flies, and nothing else, and when they die, they will lament that they don’t know more about fruit flies.
I have identified less than 100 birds from many hours of birdwatching. I could spend entire afternoons with a pair of binoculars to look at just a few bird species, and yet God has created over 10,000 species of birds. I could become a full-time bird watcher and not even scratch the surface of birds.
Boredom is a choice. Even in this fallen world, God has created so much variety for us, so many potential fields of study, that to be bored is more an indicator of our need for entertainment than there not being enough to do or see.
\ From RooshV
Which brings us to today’s text. Only one today. We are told that God will provide for what we need, and Paul is praising that the church has not abandoned him though he is a prisoner, though the world shames him. The church still stands with him. So we should be with all who seek truth.
For Christ will find them, and Christ knows his own.
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
There is much in this life that is not excellent, and not worthy of examination. It is better not to pay attention to these. We are called to be discerning, to have judgement, to see what is true and beautiful and noble… and choose those,
We are not to deliberately choose debasement and call that righteousness or ugliness and call that beauty. There is a beauty, true, in little things, in plain things, in still life, worn hands, and godly hearts. But there is also the perversion of beauty, of truth, and of plain speaking. Post modernism consists of this.
But postmodernism is cold, lifeless, sterile. That path leads to acedia or wrath, and both are deadly to the spirit and soul.
It is better to love, to encourge, to do the good, and avoid the evil. But this requires that we concentate on the will of God and are led by the spirit of God.
And it will mean the world hates us. Let them. Their Gods are of wood and stone, dead, and a delusion. Our God is living, active, and wilthout limits on his power.
And when we pray, he hears us.