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Whatever Is True

I was looking at a youtube video and in the sidebar, I saw something that said “Stand Up For Christ.” I thought it might be a sermon jam or something like that, so I followed the rabbit trail to this video. It is what I found later to be a rehashed version for a chain email from the 1990’s.

I should say that I am immediately skeptical of anything that says “this is true” or anything to that effect. It is a somewhat warming story, but when I went to do some fact-checking. It turns out that the story is, just that, a story. I know that it should not get my goat, but it makes me think of “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”(Phil 4:8 ESV) What this tells me is that what is true should matter to us. We, as Christians, should love and seek the truth.

There is one other matter that I dislike about this. When we declare something to be true, and it turns out not to be, it affects other things we declare to be true - like our witness of Christ. I believe that it is OK to tell stories and Jesus spoke in parables. However, if we declare something to be true, it should be true. We should check our facts and remember that in the public arena, we do not only represent outselves, but we represent Jesus Christ.

Las Vegas

I believe it a special kind of irony that one week after I begin to make a series of resolutions in an effort to become more Godly, I would find myself in Las Vegas. I used to love this place and never really saw anything wrong with it. Sure, there was a seedy side, but there was another side that wasn’t so bad. I used to love to come for the shows, the sights and the food. I used to gamble but thought that if I could just avoid that, then it wouldn’t be so bad. Well, once again, I was wrong. This really is “Sin City” and I don’t mean that in an affable way.

There has been quite a bit of discussion about gambling in blogs, by some more knowledgeable and respected men than myself. Al Mohler has written a very thoughtful piece, which I highly recommend. Dr. Mohler makes the case that the morality that gambling promotes is opposed to a biblical world view. I read his comments and somewhat shrugged them off because when I gambled, I gambled for “fun”, so that little bit didn’t apply to me. In retrospect, I believe that Dr. Mohler really did nail it. I just had to come here and see it to really get it.

After being here, I find myself squarely on the other side of the fence than I used to be. I am going to butcher an exposition to make a point. Matthew 7:16, states that by your fruits you will know them (false teachers). So if this was such a wholesome or good or “not that bad” activity then it would bear good fruit. I see a culture that revolves around sex and greed, the fruit is rotten. And it follows the casinos, where they go the pawn shops follow. I would like to make one small disclaimer. As with anything, there is a balance and Las Vegas has some good things that are even morally neutral or even beautiful. But to get to them, you have to wade through everything else.

There are so many lost people here, and they don’t even know it. They seek an earthly kingdom, and no one is telling them different. It is sad and should drive me to my knees. This has made me think about how I choose to spend my time. So I have revised a resolution, the meaning is essentially the same but it is more clear and I have added a 6th resolution to be sure that my motives are always brought into question.

Resolved

Today was a convicting day. I was listening to Mark Dever preach his overview sermon of Proverbs. It is challenging because I have felt burned out lately. I have missed deadlines, which I don’t like to do and I just haven’t been as all around productive as I would like to be or I should be. Proverbs has many things to say about the sluggard, and I fear that I fit too many of those qualifications. Today, with the Lord’s help, I would like to start to change. I would like to be a man that glorifies God in my life, my words and my actions.

I recently read “The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards”, and was inspired and humbled by the life of this man. In an effort to emulate him and to glorify God, I have resolved myself to keep a set of my own maxims. Some will be identical to Edwards’ others might be similar and I expect that I will have a few that are unique to me. I pray that the Lord might give me the wisdom to write them well and the grace to keep them.

While I do not know yet what this blog will fully become, this is where I will store them and recount my life as I strive to keep them. These are the first reolutions, I will add to this as I see the need.

  1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.

  2. Resolved, that I should always remember that any effort to keep these are not by my own strength, but the strength of Him who died for me.

  3. Resolved that if I should ever fail to keep these resolutions that I will immediately repent of all that I can remember when I come to myself again.

  4. Resolved, that I will endeavor to keep my word in all aspects of my life and to only commit myself to that which I can keep.

  5. Resolved, that when I feel my burden is too great, to think instead and focus on the cross.

This will stop the list for the time being so that I might strive to keep #4.