Sunday, March 19, 2006

DAMAGE CONTROL

DAMAGE CONTROL

Church members feel like God is in charge of whatever it is that they are doing. And if not in charge, they think He is involved. They do some good work in the community on occasion, and so certainly He helps out with those good endeavors. They have to believe that He attends where they worship or why go there to worship? All churches must believe this about themselves, if not about the church down the block. If He is involved down there they believe is must be to a far lesser degree.

I have looked at the same question and pondered the idea that He attends churches or whether He gets involved at all. That He is in charge is unlikely, given the call to “Come out of her My people.” That He participates in some things is also doubtful, given the reason for coming out, “That ye be not partakers of her sins and plagues.” But He need not be in charge to be present at least, participating to some lesser degree, right?

I have had some children who mostly did what I wanted them to do. I have also noticed when they didn’t. Let’s say that one of them joined a local gang, what would be my participation in that move? Would I attend with him, making sure of my presence? Would I encourage him to be loyal to both me and the gang? Would I lead out in their activities? If they decided to paint someone’s house, would I take a paint brush over there or encourage the good endeavor? Would I go on raids in order to do what good I could? Or would my degree of involvement be limited to healing the wounds incurred, the ones he brought home?

I realize that people don’t take guns and knives to church. I mean most don’t—some do—depending on where you go to church. I realize that people who take them don’t use them on each other. They use more serious weapons. It is their “sins and plagues” that we are warned against. For those we are told to leave. If we stay, we may expect to “partake” of them. I know, I stayed most of my life. I was quite loyal to the gang (church).

I noticed one day that we were not commanded to participate in the good, while trying to avoid the sins and plagues. The loud cry to come out calls us out of any and all involvement with her. That is the only way to avoid the bad part. If He calls us out of involvement with her, how much involvement must He have? Probably the same. To be involved at all, one must be involved with the sins and plagues as well. The Lord is not involved with the sins and plagues. Like my involvement, or non-involvement with my son’s gang, His role if any would be limited to damage control and wound healing, which would not happen if my son had come out according to my command. What would I be doing there after I had commanded him to come out?

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