Thoughts for Sunday
Today, the best of Christians can unwittingly be involved in their own attempts to Cancel Culture. Even the easily-routine reverent Sunday thoughts of the 1950s and 1960s were incrementally invaded by a liberalism that went largely unrecognized. Now we’re at the point where the twisted fruits of this incrementalism seem normal for Sundays. But things were not always this way.
As we welcome Philippians 4:8 to deeply saturate our souls, we find it one of the best and most ready defenses against the tainting and despoiling spirit of the age. We must always be on our guard to not let the “liberty in verbal licentious” flesh of well-meaning pastors minister to our flesh, but to counter their unintended attempts by ministering back in the Spirit. This transcendence should be a hallowed narrative, especially when the Holy Spirit Presence is Powerfully Present!
Yes, when the Precious Holy Spirit comes into our midst, we ignore Him to our peril, when rigidly adhering to other – and often lower – pre-planned agendas. An often unwitting element of liberalism often accomplishes this and Satan smiles every time. Especially on Sundays, the prototype for the rest of the week, we’re to pleasantly keep ourselves and others on Higher Ground. Yet all too often we are deceived by “logic” to do otherwise.
How other worldly the Sundays of decades past must seem! How normal it seems, all too often, to have an unwitting liberal element always present in Sunday gatherings. It shows how little we truly fear God today, and how much we have forgotten to keep Philippians 4:8 paramount (rather than impervious). It is just plain dumb and even vulgar to do otherwise. Until we regain the Sunday treasures of the past, we continue an unwitting and downhill slide – as Satan enjoys nothing better than seeing Christians cancel their culture, destroying western civilization in ways unrecognizable.
One can only quote a famous Christian author of the 19th century who proclaimed, “All liberalism is sin.” Yes, all liberalism, in thought, word and deed. All liberal-tainted interpretations and conveyances of Scripture. All liberalism unseen but which nevertheless grieves the Holy Spirit. This will ultimately cause divisions – liberalism in churches always does – and it remains safest to reserve certain things for weekday studies, if admitted at all. There is Strength in Purity which includes Purity in Speech. Philippians 4:8 says it all!