Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I was listening to an audiobook about St. Augustine of Hippo, and in the introduction, this was said of him pertaining to the time before his conversion which includes stealing for solely the love of evil and a contempt for the Bible. It really brings reality home:
"...and his deep pride that came from his preoccupation with wordly affairs."
The wisdom that can be derived from the last half of this one statement can alone write many books. It cuts me to the quick. The way in which I have served and worshipped the creature rather than the Creator (Rom. 1:25) in times past (and still am convicted of doing so in ways I am not even aware of) is detestable. The more God convinces me of my folly, the more I am made aware of the folly in general. It seems that what professes to be Christendom has mistaken loving Jesus Christ by keeping his commandments with the dellusion that if they concern themselves with things that call itself "Christian", they will be pleasing to God. The problem is that what professes to be Christendom is largely nothing more than a preoccupation with worldy affairs along with the sometimes repetitive, sometimes seldom mentioned name of Jesus Christ. What confuses itself with loving Jesus Christ, in many circles, is nothing more than an empty pride that comes from trying to gain the status of "Christian". Oh, that this would stop, and people would feel their deep need of someone to save them from God's wrath. Isaiah's statement would finally make sense to those that do: "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Isa. 64:6) Once that is realized, the Apostle Paul's statement of whose righteousness he esteems to be worthwhile will ring in the souls of those blessed creatures: "...And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith..." (Php. 3:9)