We all have this attitude. Whether we would like to admit it to others or not, this is the universal attitude concerning God in our lives, that is, our personal God. We know what we believe, and that is it! For the most part, we have every right to have this attitude, especially when we’ve experienced God’s goodness and power in our personal life and everyone has experienced God in some way. Both saint and sinner alike, believers and unbelievers, we’ve all experienced God in some way. The only time a problem comes, is when we are challenged in our belief. And we all have to face the challenge at some point in our lives. None of us, whether Christian or non-Christian, is immune to this defining challenge. It is from facing the spiritual challenge to our belief structure that we are able to strengthen our resolve and belief in God or reject God altogether. There is really NO middle ground, it’s all or nothing. Are you really willing to bet all of your eternity on what you believe right now?
For the average person, meaning both liberals and conservatives, our beliefs are generally formed when we were really young and came from the beliefs of our parents. We learned what they knew and simply adopted their ways without questioning. And until we became responsible for our own lives, this is fine. No matter how or where we were raised, we must first learn to respect our parents. This is the first and primary form of social structure everyone learns no matter where we were born on earth. This is a human thing and it’s universal. It’s neither liberal nor conservative, just part of growing up. Unfortunately, today, there are also many children that have other family structures than the traditional family.
But let’s start with the “traditional family” first and consider what we are supposed to believe is universally true. What is a “traditional family?” It is the one we know that has a father, a mother, children, and maybe some pets. This is the majority structure known throughout the world and it has nothing to do with Christianity, but it is the Conservative norm. Within this structure, there are many variations. The absentee father is one form. In this, it could mean a busy, devoted father, or a father that is present, but not involved. Now switch the roles. It could mean an absentee mother. The same two conditions can apply to the mother as it did with the father. So we’ve already identified five different forms of traditional families. In all of these forms, we are assuming that both parents are loving, and caring parents for their children and pets.
Now, let’s consider what would happen if one or both parents are less loving, indifferent, or hostile against the children or the pets. Without leaving the traditional family structure, can you see that we’ve already expanded the number of different family forms to well over twenty forms? So the end result is that children from traditional families will have many different ideas about God, including good and bad examples of what a father is supposed to be. Since God represents Himself to be a loving Father, a child raised by an abusive father will have a distorted idea about the nature of God. This child will have a difficult time trying to understand what a “loving father” is supposed to be. These family experiences all contribute to the concept each child will have about their beliefs concerning God and the family of God. Every one of them can say with full certainty, “I know I’m right.” Why? Because we all know our reality.
But so far, we’ve only considered the traditional family structure. In these “modern” and “liberated” times, there are other family structures that have become mainstream. There are single parent families, children raised by two fathers or two mothers, and children raised by more remote family members like aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Of course, there are also children raised without any parents or with many foster parents. It’s not our place to judge any of these family situations as right or wrong. All of these children are affected in different ways and as a result, have distorted ideas about the nature of God. But they all know their concept of God is right, there is no need to say anything else.
To pass a negative judgment on any of these family structures is to judge the accepted normal lifestyle that all of these children knew. This is not the ministry of a Christian: To make any judgments. If we judge any of these wrong, we are attacking their cultural norms. This doesn’t help friendships or family relationships. It is no different than attacking them personally and directly. It’s bad form to attack mom or dad, especially mom. Can you see how a judgmental attitude cannot contribute in any effort to build the Kingdom of God?
I was raised in a bi-racial household. My father was a devout Methodist. He married a Japanese Buddhist. We caught HELL over that. I can’t tell you how hard it was to go to school in 1965 and be harassed by classmates and teachers alike simply because of my mother’s race. (In case you don’t know, Japanese people were not well received for many years after WWII.) Added to the fact that I was the only non-white child in the school district, and the level of prejudice common in the 1960’s, only people of non-white descent can relate to the abuse I experienced. To keep me out of the band, I was told that I was “tone deaf.” This was hardly the truth, but it succeeded. When racial prejudice became a socially volatile issue, I suddenly found I had many “friends.” But by that time, the damage to my trust was already done. No matter how “friendly” a person acts in front of me, it’s really difficult for me to really give them my trust, and very few people from my home town ever got my trust. I can count all of my closest friends on both my hands.
It’s easy for a five year old to know a friend from a foe. Those who bully, are not friends. Those who pick fights, are enemies. Those who I could play with, are friends. My friends were the poorest and dirtiest people in the class. Their parents raised pigs or other animals on farms and the kids did farm chores before coming to school. The popular kids came from wealthy families and I learned that they were bullies that could get away with their behavior. I learned that using the restroom was dangerous. Walking around a blind corner could lead to a beating. I hated games on the play yard. Dodge ball usually meant that I would be picked last, and hit first. So most of game time was spent sitting and watching everyone else have fun.
So five years later, when these same children suddenly became “friendly” because it was no longer socially acceptable to pick on the “Japanese kid,” the “Japanese kid” couldn’t trust the new friendships. I learned to be openly friendly, smile, and participate, but privately scared, ready for rejection, and never close. The only people in the world that I trusted was my family. If you were raised on the “bad side of town,” on the “other side of the tracks,” with the “wrong religion,” the “wrong lifestyle,” or simply the wrong race, you may be able to relate to the childhood I experienced. I feel your pain because I lived it. And my childhood did affect my concept of God for many years. I was afraid of His anger.
As Christians wishing to live and demonstrate God’s love and power to others, we can’t forget that other people may not have the same concept of God that we do. We have to develop empathy in order to have compassion with others. We were never called to degrade or downplay the concept of God that another person has. Instead, we are called to enhance, encourage, and build. It’s not a matter of saying or even displaying that their concept of God is wrong. It’s loving them because we care, just the way they are, and in the act of love, prove God’s reality and power. The only way that we can prove God’s reality is by demonstrating His power. The only way to demonstrate God’s power is through prayer and ministering, but not prayer without expecting anything real, but through prayer and expectation of something real and miraculous. When we pray, we must believe and expect miracles that only God can perform.
Sure they could call a minister. But they won’t talk to a minister that they don’t believe in. And for the most part, they know that prayers are an empty show of affection, that has no real effect or answers. This is how our culture came to believe that God isn’t real. When prayers are the highest form of care and concern a person can show another, and nothing happens when a person prays, it is only the act of praying that demonstrates love. Any “believer” of any god can do this even if their god is a statue like my mother’s god used to be until she became born again. If this is all a Christian can do, and it makes no difference, then we are proving that our God, is no different from any other god. This is religious Christianity and is ultimately as powerless as the gods of Egypt when they were confronted by Moses.
Radical Christianity expects power and miracles when prayer and ministering happens. This is also called faith in God. The power and authority that Moses displayed to the Pharaoh is the same power and authority that every radical Christian believer has at their disposal. But only if they have built a solid relationship of trust with God. This is also the same power and authority that has been hidden from the average Christian believer for the last 2000 years. This is what God is trying to revive in the hearts and lives of His children in these end times and whether we would like to admit it or not, we need to know God’s voice and God’s power in these last days because Jesus Christ can return at any point in time. The signs are openly present if we choose to believe them. Now is the time to prove God and demonstrate the walk of faith through power and miracles.
This is something friends and family can do with one another best. It is not something that a stranger can do with a stranger. Sure, a bond of compassion can certainly work miracles, and miracles do happen when a minister in a foreign mission field prays. But what about our Western, scientifically cultured, generally unbelieving, or even God rejecting friends? They may just trust you enough to allow you to pray and minister to them when all else fails. You may just have to realize that your God will never be trusted for anything until these is no other place to go. Until then, only you can build your personal relationship with God. You need to continue to build your personal faith and believing in His ability to help you until you finally have an opportunity to help someone else. That is why I wrote the book below. To lead you into a stronger and power filled walk with Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit. The book tears apart misconceptions about “faith” according to religion, piece by piece, until you can logically understand how to build your own relationship with God.
It helps you to understand what to expect. From the first hint of exposure to God’s Spirit and the way He will communicate to you, to the point where you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you walk with God every minute of every day. It lays out the tactics that liberals have learned to live by. The tactics taught to them by a prodigy and follower of Satanic tactics. It lays out the truth that we are all fighting a spiritual battle against a foe that uses spiritual weapons. But we are fighting with the tools of logic, reason, and the flesh. We are fighting a spiritual battle without any knowledge of spiritual weapons, tactics, power, or the truth. We are fighting use church doctrines and there is no hope for any consensus or unity within the Body of Christ except for the Holy Spirit. Walking by the Spirit is something the believer has to do alone with God, learning something new every day.
I’ve learned how I’ve been deceived by my senses, my logic, my own unbelief, and even my own misconceptions about God. In the end, I know that my walk with God will never be perfect until Jesus Christ comes back. But I also know that I can teach anyone more about their walk with God in this one book than they could learn by themselves after years of doctrinal study. It’s a book that exposes the big picture about the “Walk of Faith” without trying to legislate or demean any religious doctrine. You see, when you develop your own personal walk with God, He will lead you to do different things from what He led me to do. He will show you different things from what He showed me. But everything He shows and leads you to do, will be the Truth, as long as it agrees with the written Word of God you already know.
I’ve found that it agrees with the written Word many times because God reminds me of a supporting verse at the same time He gives me revelation knowledge or wisdom. He will remind me of a similar situation within the His Word that I can also read and study. The Word says there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecc 1: 9 NKJV)
Ecclesiastes 1: 9 “That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.”
So when someone in the Word has experienced something similar to your situation, they will also show what to do, or what not to do. And by God’s own ability to teach us individually, the Holy Spirit will show us the things we need to know in nearly any situation. All we need to do is act accordingly to receive the blessings or the consequences according to our believing. So by building our own personal relationship with God, and continually testing Him at His Word, we learn and grow spiritually with Him. It is by that personal obedience and testing that we learn about God and His love for us, then by extension, His level of love for everyone else. Little by little, we begin to think and track our lives in His direction. And by doing so, we begin to look more and more like Jesus Christ with our walk in the world. This is when we fulfill this verse in 1 John.
1 John 4: 17 “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”
Do you want to know how to overcome the title attitude in other people? Start by overcoming the same attitude in yourself by building your own personal relationship with God. You’ll be surprised how prevalent this attitude is within yourself, I certainly am with me. I know I’m not perfect and I know I make mistakes in my relationship with God every day. But I also know that I’m on the right track with Him. He began teaching me from my position of weakness and ignorance just as He has done with every person in the Bible. He leads me out of darkness into His love and light every day and does the same for all of His children. Guess what? You’re one of them if Jesus Christ is your savior.
When you get the book below, you will be surprised and blessed to know where you stand with God. Why? God will be telling you and showing you how much He loves you HIMSELF. He won’t be an abstract religious concept any longer, but a living and real spiritual Father who is actively involved in your personal life. You won’t be living the attitude of “I know I’m Right, Leave Me Alone” with God, but “I don’t know what’s happening, God help me overcome.” And He will.