"Not My Will But ..."
February 16, 2012
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep Your righteous rules. Psalms 119:105-106
"Jesus wouldn't agree with me."
That's the conclusion of a survey conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, when it polled politically liberal and conservative Christians.
The conservatives said they thought Jesus would be more against abortion and same sex-marriages than they are. They also thought He wouldn't be as upset as they are when it came to illegal immigrants.
The liberals thought Jesus would be tougher than they are on issues of morality.
From the information received, the National Academy concluded that people often separate their political views from traditional religious teachings.
Let's see, have I got this right?
If I understand correctly, both sides are saying, "We know what Jesus would think, what He would do, and what He would recommend. Still, in spite of knowing all of that, we're going to do what we want to do."
If that's the long and short of it, I guess I'm really not surprised.
After all, Adam and Eve took much the same approach in the Garden of Eden. You can almost hear them saying, "We know what God thinks about the fruit on this tree; we know what He wants us to do, and we have heard His recommendations. So, do you want your fruit in heavy or light syrup?"
In truth, I don't have to go as far back in time as Adam and Eve to find an example of that kind of disobedience. All you and I have to do is look in the mirror. This is why our daily prayer needs to be, "Lord, be merciful to me a sinner. Forgive me for every time I put my will and my wishes over Yours."
It is also why we need to give thanks. That's right. We need to give thanks for the Lord knows the cry of repentance that comes from His people. Having heard that cry, He offers us the assurance of a clean slate. We know because of Jesus our sins are forgiven, and we are justified.
Now the only thing we forgiven folk really ought to do is join with the Psalmist and make God's Word our lamp and light for all future endeavors.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, forgive me for the times when I think I know better than You. Wipe away those times when my disobedient heart has taken any path other than Yours. Finally, grant this forgiven soul know that this day is a new day in You. This I pray in my Savior's Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries