"Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free." John 8:32

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Question 2: Job and the Gulf Coast
by Hugh Hewitt

What portions of Scripture are most relevant to the people who have lost family, friends, and financial security to Katrina and now Rita, and why?

What portions of Scripture are most relevant to those who have been watching, but for whom the suffering is far removed, and why?

Hugh Hewitt has recently created a fascinating blog and discussion board to discuss questions of church and faith relative to today's Christians, OneTrueGodBlog. The questions listed above are indicative of the questions he poses. While I have just begun to peruse and sift through the many posts and links, I am amazed at the complicated nature of the thoughts and statements of people that try to show their spiritual wisdom and knowledge. All without referring to the scriptures that must be the anchor and source of any so-called wisdom of man. I appreciate Hugh's efforts in view of the assault on faith by nearly anything secular, but I must state that without the light of the Word of God, man's effort to dissect and understand faith is meaningless. Only the changing power of the grace and mercy of a loving and just God can bring illuminating redemption of fallen man. Why do we not take God at His word? Why do we insist on lifting up our own wisdom and knowledge and supplant the message that spurs men to repentance and rebirth? Will we ever learn to be obedient and set aside our pride? I look forward to reading more in OneTrueGodBlog but if we rely on man's opinions and faulty wisdom we will continue to be puffed up in our self-righteousness and remain splintered and divided in a world that so desperately needs the changing power of the Spirit of God.

My guess is that Hugh does not want to debate scriptures on his blog and I can understand why. But words about faith based on man's wisdom is pointless and is like dust in the wind.

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?" Luke 6:46

"If you love me, you will obey what I command." John 14:15

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" Matthew 7:21-23

As for Hugh's Question 2:

The congregation of the Lord's church that I attend and am an elder of is assisting people directly affected by hurricane Katrina in Pascagoula, Mississippi. A group of people from the Summit church of Christ in little Cold Spring, Kentucky have been motivated by compassion for others to give time and resources to others that have been devastated. We are sending a team of people and supplies for the third time next week by taking building supplies and coordinating with people there to bring much needed labor in rebuilding homes. We also will be distributing Bibles when we hand out water, food and cleaning supplies. FEMA? Who cares. Red Cross? Who cares. Good organizations but too much money is wasted and Christians should not depend on secular organizations to do good.

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:13-16


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