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August 22, 2017

Faith That Defies Logic

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Dad and I

I was a young boy who lived in the best little town in the south, Rincon, Georgia.  Rincon was a bedroom community of Savannah, Georgia.  Tall majestic pines swung in the southern breeze, massive oaks decorated by moss completed the scenery. I never feared walking the town or playing late at night.  It was just my dad and my family.  The world was ours.

One particular day my dad and I were walking with my uncle Allen and my best friend Wayne (cousin, I had one on every block).  The Rincon branch flowed through the town and along the property of my uncle William.  The water reminded me of the color of tea: however, you could still see clear to the bottom easily seeing the minnows and crawdads.  Lots of children played in this area. A pool had formed naturally at this spot.  This day the branch had swelled as we were graced earlier with a rain shower.

Wayne and I were poking around the branch, throwing rocks, watching them skip.  Without explanation and warning, we were instructed to strip down to our skimpies and cross the rapid stream.

I was downright puzzled.  This seemed to defy logic, at least from a boy’s perspective.  I was perfectly happy in my dry clothes.  I didn’t outwardly question my dad’s sanity.  But, we did as we were told.  Into the swirling water we went and traversed to the other side by using an old gas line for stability.  We were met on the other side with our dry clothes.  Nothing was ever said again.

I think about day often.  Never questioned my dad as to why this ever happened.  If someone had passed by and asked me why I was crossing a branch in my skivvies, my answer would surely been met with bewilderment and scorn.  After all, it defied logic.  But I loved my dad, trusted him, knew he had my best intentions in mind, even if it meant getting down to my skivvies.

I think about how the simple message of the cross is so perplexing and stunning.  We just cannot grasp the particulars and fit them all in an easy bag of logic.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Co.1:18

God’s logic is perplexing.

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not..”

Why would God move in this way?

“….to bring to nothing the things that are,that no flesh should glory in His presence.”         1 Cor.1:27-28

Faith is rooted in the cross.  What appears to the world as illogical or a lapse of logic, is in fact the difference between life and death.

“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”              1 Cor.1:21

Let’s bring this full circle.

“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “HE WHO GLORIES, LET HIM GLORY IN THE LORD.” 1 Co.1:30-31

Don’t listen to the noise around you.

God’s intentions for you are demonstrated on the cross.  No, he isn’t asking you to do something off the wall, but, do you trust Him?  Do you trust His judgment in the area of eternity? Defy worldly logic and defy your many doubts. God provides the wisdom needed to overcome the world- Jesus Christ.

Kess

 

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August 12, 2010

“Heavens to Murgatroyed!”

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Are you frustrated with the direction our Nation is headed these days? Are you irritated with the media or political pundits who classify your deeply held values on homosexuality, abortion, and sexual promiscuity as homophobic, bigotry, or intolerant? How do you feel when you are labeled as biased or a racist when you share a real legitimate concern about Islamic radicalism? Well, if you are like me, it’s enough to make you feel like throwing what my step-mom Exie calls one major hissy fit. Better yet, why not loudly exclaim like Snagglepuss, “Heavens to Murgatroyed!” Let’s say it or shout it out loud together just for the sake of feel-goodism, “Heavens to Murgatroyed!” Now, didn’t that make you feel so much better?

You remember Snagglepuss, right? He was a pink mountain lion cartoon character who lived in a cavern. The cartoon was created in the 1960’s and was mostly on The Yogi Bear Show. What I remember mostly about Snagglepuss was his three famous catchphrases- “Heavens to Murgatroyed”, “Exit, stage left!”, and almost always ending every sentence with, “even!” His colorful language speaks well to my dear old heart these days. I mean think about it. Let’s see if we can apply these catchphrases to the crisis of our day: “Our taxes are going way, way up and that makes me super mad, EVEN!”, “Hey, how can people not see that we are moving towards a more socialist ideology, Heavens to Murgatroyed!” and “Listen, let’s exit, stage left, BEFORE things get any worse around here.”

All of this was a little humorous to me until the Holy Spirit worked on my heart. God is in control regardless of our feelings. We should not let our doubts or negative experiences control us. As hard as it was to admit, mainly because I really wanted to throw a hissy fit, God has placed you and I right where He wants for His purpose. We are where we are for a reason not happen-chance.

Think for a moment- all those who have ever been martyred for Christ have shouted out “Heavens to Murgatroyed” or you can bet something similar. But in the end they remained true to their convictions. Because of the times in which we live and the total mess around us we may be ready to scream or shout or sadly give in. I had to re-examine my attitude about all this because the truth nailed me between the eyes. How? God is greater than my petty complaints. God is using these events and experiences of our day to get our attention and cause us to hold on even tighter to His Word and eternal life. Right now God is expecting all of His believers to remain faithful, to stand firm, and be a light to the world. This isn’t easy but we know instinctively that it never has been. But, here is what we know for certain, “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:33-37) What more motivation do we need?

One day we’ll all exit, stage left, right into Heaven, even! Wow, Heavens to Murgatroyed!

Bruce Kessler, South Canadian Valley Church of Christ
2217 24th Ave SW, Norman, Ok 73072

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