The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Facts, Not Fancy"
"Beautiful poetry and prose, faithful to God and His truth, have long been written to bear witness to His wonder. However, beautiful poetry and prose that misleads regarding spiritual matters have also been written."
An Eastern religious philosopher once wrote, quite beautifully in terms of poetic sentiment, ""Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."
No disrespect intended, but no, it does not. The earth bears no capacity for delight, nor does a mindless wind "long" to tousle our hair. The earth is made of matter. The wind moves as rushing molecules of air. Neither bear a spirit or soul, and neither has ever had, or ever will have, a thought or an emotion to accompany their existence and function. They exist as amazing creations of God, and even bore the feet and blew through hair of the Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly lifetime. Never, however did the planet "delight," or did the winds "long."
Beautiful sentiments and poetic prose must not cause us to neglect truth and reality. We will all stand before God one day, and our response to facts, not fancy will determine our eternal destiny. The historical Christ, who died as a literal human being on a real cross and exited a tangible tomb of stone, will be the issue of our fate. "What think ye of Christ? Whose son is He?" (Matthew 22:42). Those who confess Him with their lips and answer rightly with their hearts will enter into the eternal presence of God because they believed the facts of the Gospel. "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9).
"We have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty" (II Peter 1:16).
Beautiful poetry and prose, faithful to God and His truth, have long been written to bear witness to His wonder. However, beautiful poetry and prose that misleads regarding spiritual matters have also been written. The former illuminates; the latter darkens. The former bears redeeming salvation; the latter offers deceptive sentiment. The former rests upon the bedrock of truth; the latter wafts upon breezes that lead us astray. The Apostle John commands us to "Try (test) the spirits" (I John 4:1). We fail to do so to our peril, and to the great risk of sentiment leading us astray. May we all be found weighing facts and fancy in the balance, joining the Psalmist in praying for "the beauty of the Lord our God to be upon us," while heeding the warning of the Apostle Paul…
"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
(II Corinthians 11:14-15)
Weekly Memory Verse
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.