A quote that has usually been attributed to Martin Luther but which may actually be a misattribution – regardless of who actually wrote it, it is worth pondering:
“If I profess, with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity. Where the battle rages the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle-field besides is mere flight and disgrace to him if he flinches at that one point.”
Where is the battle raging at the moment?
What is being attacked at present?
Two of my sons and I have been reading \”How to be Your Own Selfish Pig (and other ways you\’ve been brainwashed)\” by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay.
What I really like about the book is the common sense approach she uses to illustrate how our worldview or beliefs have consequences and affect how we live out our lives.
In his book, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers said this about emotion:
\’……..the only test as to whether we ought to allow an emotion to have its way is to see what the outcome of the emotion will be.\’
We might well say the same thing about an idea or a particular line of thought.
What would be the outcome of this if we pushed it to its logical conclusion?
Going back to the battle quote above: the point of attack might not look like much of a threat or it may not seem particularly important because we haven\’t pushed the idea to its logical conclusion and discerned what the outcome would be…….
\’The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.\’
So with these thoughts here is something well worth listening to.