If it is given by God then it is not mine to change

As I sit and think through all the things that are going on in the world and all the moral change affecting our society, I remain convinced that at the end of the day God is still in control.

He doesn’t change just to suit mankind’s whims and proclivities. Some days it seems He does allow for people to dig holes that are hard to climb out of.

I know in my own life that some decisions I have made over the years have broken me to the point that I cry out to God rescue me. Sometimes they were me being stupid and others it was just life moments that I turned left when I should have turned right.

I am well aware that my sense of the Bible and the truth it represents is getting less fashionable all the time. But somehow to me it seems the text of scripture, that has stood since John finished Revelation, is just not mine to change, despite what the society says.

There is that reminder of scripture that says that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and instruction in righteousness...”

If it is given by God then it is not mine to change.

Interesting enough Matthew Parris said this to the Catholic Church of Ireland in the Spectator on May 30, 2015: “Even as a (gay) atheist, I wince to see the philosophical mess that religious conservatives are making of their case.... So, wearily and with a reluctance born of not even supporting the argument’s conclusion, let me restate the conservative Catholic’s only proper response to news such as that from Dublin last weekend. It is that 62 per cent in a referendum does not cause a sin in the eyes of God to cease to be a sin.”

The rest of his piece is worth finding and reading.

While he wouldn’t agree with me or my belief in Jesus, he seems to agree that my trust in Hebrews 13:8-0 where it says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines” is ok for me to stand by.

But back to where I started with the messes I see in our great big world all the way down to individual lives and sadly sometimes in my own, while I can’t fix them or change anyone’s minds, I do believe I know a guy who can. The Psalmist says this in Psalm 40:1-3: “I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.”

So glad to know that I can just stay friends with folk, even those who don’t agree with me or me with them some days. We can carry on a conversation and debate the issues and hopefully open each other’s eyes to how others see the world. Oh the great words of Robert Burns-

“O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us

To see oursels as others see us!

It wad frae monie a blunder free us...”