Changes from the heart
Cal Thomas’s column, “Religious left’s Second Coming” published in the June 17 Tribune Chronicle was spot on. I agree with his comment, “If repairs were to be made, they must come from transformed human hearts, not Washington.”
My question to readers is if you agree, what are you doing to change yourself? As Cal Thomas stated from Romans 12:2, “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
The minority is telling us religious people that we are intolerant and unloving. Tolerance is a state in which everyone is entitled not just to their own opinions but also to full celebration of their views and differences. I ask you to read 13 verses in 2 John.
Is 2 John being intolerant of those who happen to have a different view? Absolutely not, because denying the Incarnation is not just a matter of personal opinion; the truth of the Incarnation is central to faith and salvation (see verse 9). Where are you in your relationship with God and Jesus?
Have we forgotten who we are as human beings, created in the image of God and very beloved of God? Do we have to live by a standard that robs us of our souls as image bearers of God and lowers us to annihilating creatures? I cannot make my life perfect, but I can be right with God, if I accept the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ as a gift. Are we humble enough to accept it? It means we have to surrender all our rights and demands and cease from every self-effort. Or do we witness hypocrisy, deceit and lack of genuineness because we are all in our own hearts?
Charles Spurgeon states that one ingredient is needed to complete faith, and that is trust. Can you commit yourself to the merciful God; rest your hope on the gracious gospel; trust your soul on the dying and living Savior; wash away your sins in the atoning blood; accept His perfect righteousness? If yes, all is well. Trust is the lifeblood of faith; there is no saving faith without it!
Cal Thomas also stated, “A lesson for all is found in Scripture, but it’s often ignored. He quoted 1 John 2:15, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.” Look at Jude 3b to 4a; are you defending faith or are you ungodly?
You don’t have to stand under Jesus’ authority. He gives you a choice, but you can’t claim a relationship with God while rejecting Jesus’ authority. LOVE!