I Was Just Thinking About - - -
Have you ever had a what-cha-ma-call-it moment? At one time or another, we have all had that type experience. We’re in the middle of a conversation and someone or something we’d like to mention escapes us. It is at that moment we resort to expressing ourselves by adding the “what-cha-ma-call-it” (an item whose name one doesn't know or has forgotten) into our sentence. I was thinking about this in regard to the struggle our government has when addressing the atrocities happening in the world. In order to avoid the term, Radical Islamic Terrorism, and rather than appear to be non-intellectual if “what-cha-ma-call-it” was resorted to, we introduce a different description by using the term, “armed insurgency.”
By changing the name used for the aggression, there is the idle hope that perhaps this nation can gain some form of credibility with a fierce and militant organization. The vain hope is that our nation will be able to become a positive influence on the way ISIS and others think and act. Meanwhile, Christians, and multitudes of others, are driven from their homes. Some are beheaded, buried alive, tortured, and most recently, a Jordanian Pilot is placed in a cage and doused with a flammable fluid and burned alive. As he collapses, a backhoe drops rubble and sand on his remains. Meanwhile, our government continues to speak of our strategy being to degrade and destroy ISIL. In a stammering statement, The President of the United States called this “one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of this organization…Whatever ideology they’re operating off of, it’s bankrupt…this organization appears only interested in death and destruction.” For the President, The Radical Islamic Terrorists are the “what-cha-ma-call-it” armed insurgents.
If we allow ourselves to bridge over to the Church and professing Christians, both are marked by the “what-cha-ma-call-it” syndrome. Some hesitate to state abortion is murder of the innocents. It is not unusual to observe the Church trying to speak around the homosexual issue by refusing to identify it as a sin condemned by God. The initialism (or acronym) LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual, Transgender) is used rather than a clear identifying term. In other words, there seems to be a reluctance to identify evil and wickedness as being sin and unrighteousness. Additionally, the Church has muddled the Biblical concept of separation, consecration and holiness. This is also a vain attempt to be more appealing and attractive to a broader base of people who have no desire or inclination for Church and Biblical precepts. This procedure of straddling the proverbial fence is a latent effort to gain people as numbers and members by labeling someone or something “Christian” when they in actuality are more of a “what-cha-ma-call-it” non-homogenous group that has been assembled.
One’s Christian profession and the core values of the Church should coincide with the following: II Corinthians 6:17 (NIV) “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” Joshua 3:5 is one of several statements Joshua states to the people as they are about to enter the Promised Land, “Consecrate (purify) yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” In Leviticus 11:44 God states His requisites, “I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.” In Hebrews 12:14, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” When is the last time you reviewed your life and examined the ministry emphasis of the Church you attend in terms of Separation, Consecration and Holiness? Are you one who has become content to be a “what-cha-ma-call-it” religious-type person? In Revelation 2 and 3, this is the person and Church to whom Jesus Christ stated: "Remember, Repent and Return!" Consider these things with me!