Well it’s good to be back again. If there is one thing that is certain about life is that there is always something changing. The trick is, what have you done to prepare for unexpected changes and what are you expecting as a result of changes?
This is the first time in one week that I’ve been able to post on this blog. I found out that I did NOT save my login information in a remote location. Why is that important? Well the thing that changed was my computer’s operating system. Because of that change, my office program didn’t work any more and all of my documents were now inaccessible. I had upgraded myself into a perfect storm in order to speed up my system and reduce vulnerabilities.
We all know that it’s foolish to expect no changes at all and even more foolish to do the same thing all the time without changing. So how does this talk about changes and preparing for changes relate to Radical Christianity? Let’s just dissect the past week to find out.
I’ve known for awhile that my computer needed an operating system update. I’ve had to deal with more speed issues while online ever since the new update became available. However, my computer is also the oldest system that was compatible with the update. I have a habit of purchasing systems that are usually two generations behind the current new models. This keeps my cost lower than average, but at the expense of usable service life. On the other hand, I’m still using an eight year old computer that’s been upgraded way beyond it’s factory original specs that cost me only about 20% of its original price.
So to get ready for the update, I backed up all my files on a separate hard drive and listed all of my login and password information on that drive as well. I thought that I was ready and began the update. On the first try, I received an error message that my hard drive was incorrectly formatted. So I couldn’t install the update. Fortunately, I had a really large drive and I could add a new partition on the drive and have that partition formatted correctly for the OS update. I thought that was a great idea since I could keep the original OS intact just in case something went wrong. Guess what, something went wrong.
When the OS update was finally installed, I found that my MS Office Suite was now disabled. The Operating System update was free, the Microsoft Office Suite update was NOT and I was locked out of my own files! Of course I tried compatible solutions first until I found that Apple had three separate and free programs that could open my Microsoft files. Now, almost a week later, I could log into my blog. NOT! (I found that didn’t keep my logon info for this site.)
I knew that I could open either OS on the hard drive, but since I didn’t have the login information, I needed to go into the old OS. However, I kept pressing the wrong key combination and entering the new OS instead of the old OS. It took a YouTube search to find the answer to my problem a few more days later. When I finally entered the old OS and logged onto this blog page, I found that I could press one key and see my password without the hidden stars. All of my problems were finally solved. Although about ten days later. So what does all of this have to do with culture change and Radical Christianity?
- Change is always inevitable, so we always need to prepare ourselves for change.
- When we make a change, there is a transition process that needs to be endured.
- The transition process may not be fun or easy, but is a necessary part of change.
- Don’t get discouraged during the transition, just work out one problem at a time.
- When the transition is done, it’s possible to move forward at a greater pace.
“Rules for Radical Christians: A Practical Primer for Defeating Radical Liberals at Their Own Game” is all about change. It is a call to change our culture back to a morally, God centered culture. We have to remember that the world hates God, because it has successfully removed God’s influence in almost every area of life. The world will fight against any change that seeks to restore God’s dominance. This fight is part of the transition process and it won’t be an easy fight.
The subtitle of the book talks about “Defeating Radical Liberals at Their Own Game.” The most Radical Liberal of all time is Lucifer. This is why our battle is spiritual, and not against liberal people. We are all liberal to some degree if we are honest enough to compare our lives to the standard of God’s Word. So our first battlefield is our own mind and our own lives.
Ephesians 6: 12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Learning that we are living off track is the toughest part of the transition process for culture change. It’s tough because most of us have been led to believe that we are doing things correctly. If we were raised in church, our church has taught us how to please God and we have no reason to question its doctrines. If our church has adopted the habits and standard of the world, we simply wouldn’t know it. If we were raised without a church, we have no doctrinal standard to unlearn or refute, we simply know the world’s standard as our own standard. Either way, God has to prove His love to us with signs, miracles, and wonders. It’s His job to prove He is alive and real, but it is our job to believe Him first.
Hebrews 11: 6b “for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
This is the first and greatest challenge for our lives. If we say we believe God is real, then we must be able to show how God has worked in our lives. So how did God work in my life over the last ten days?
It took getting quiet and asking God what I needed to do to solve my current issue to get the ideas that led to the eventual answer. Did I already have the knowledge? Not really. The computer I needed to update was an Apple. My main background has been on IBM and Windows units. I switched to Apple because I was tired of paying for a new Windows OS every three to five years and the continuous need to upgrade the hardware every year. I am still learning new things about the Apple computer almost daily. I’ve simply learned that when my own knowledge fails, I can ask God for help, and He supplies me with a thought to pursue the answer. If I follow that thought, I can count on moving in the right direction. I have learned to trust God when I have a need and He always comes through with an answer.
God works with what we already know to remind us of the answers we need. Sometimes He will bring us scriptural phrases that we’ve already read. Sometimes He will bring up phrases we’ve forgotten from long ago. Sometimes He will remind us of processes and people that have the answers we need. Sometimes, He will give us information that would be impossible to know without the intervention of the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect every time He gives us an answer, He only wants us to ask and be ready to receive an answer. Then, when we receive the answer, to be willing to act upon that answer.
By our willingness to act upon God’s answers, we are able to build a habit of obedience to God’s direct revelation in our lives. We are building a faith relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Hebrews 11: 6a “But without faith it is impossible to please him:”
Do you want to please God? You must have faith in Him. Not just His written Word, but also His revelation Word given to you by the Holy Spirit. How do you know the revelation Word is from the Holy Spirit? It cannot break the written Word. Luke says that the Holy Spirit is a good gift from God.
Luke 11: 13 “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
We should be able to trust the Word of Revelation the Holy Spirit gives us and that takes practice and time to develop that trust. Fortunately, God gives us our entire lifetime to build that trust and practice our walk of faith. All we need to do is ask and trust that the answer we receive from God is good.
Matthew 7: 11 “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
If we never ask, we will never receive. If we never receive, we can never act. If we never act, we can never walk in faith. If we never walk in faith, we can never please God. So I endured ten days of transitioning to a new operating system on my computer with a little help from God to get all the answers I needed. I did not have to spend extra money to get all of the functionality and safety I needed. We will also have to endure a time of transitioning to get our culture back on the track to Godly morality and overthrow the spiritual darkness of the world. We won’t be able to overthrow the world without the help of God. It was done in the first century to turn Romans to God, it can work in the 21st Century to turn our Atheist culture to God and please Him with our walk of faith.
Hebrews 11: 6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
If we diligently seek His help to restore our culture back to Him, He will reward us with the answers we need to change the ungodly to godly, and the lost to saved. God won once, 2000 years ago, He can win again, today. Learn how to build your faith in him.