Reverence

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  1. th1bill

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    9/1/2012

    My lesson for the Grumpy Old Men's class this week begins with Genesis 1 and the lesson this week is on the God that speaks. Right off the bat, as I began to study, an alarm went off. As a U.S. Army Soldier, I represented the United States of America, everywhere I went in the world. I was a paid ambassador for my nation, people, state and family. As a Christ follower, I am His ambassador representing Him, His Father, the Holy Spirit and the Kingdom of Heaven.

    The text for the teachers study includes the passage, “...a God who speaks.” As God's Ambassador, it is very important the things I say. But, because we, as Christians, are on display and closely observed, how we say a thing is also, extremely, important, in my opinion. In this world, there are hundreds and perhaps, thousands of gods and in this day of Electronic Speak I repeatedly observe the lose of reverence for God.

    Predominately young people will type for the world to see, “...worship god...” and then, as I attempt to gently chide and encourage the use of the capital letter as a form of reverence, my generation and, not so much today, the previous generation jump me for legalism. The danger for legalism is so very, very, possible here that, as I'm trying to point out here, we must be so careful with, not only what we say nut, how we say it also.

    It is a personal thing with me that is, no doubt, ingrained but my dad taught me that what you do in secret is who you are! For example, when I search for things I can recall are in the Bible, I will type everything, proper names included, in the lower case except God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and Bible. In much the same manor, if I tell you my dad's name is Howard, I will not type it howard, that's disrespectful, and he has passed and can never see what I do now! On the other hand, God can and He does see everything all of us do.

    This “a God” thing, God is not a god, nor is He a God, He is the God that speaks and the irreverence we teach and just let slides must cause His heart to ache... it dies mine!
     
  2. OldRegular

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    I have read some most irreverant statements about God on this board. For example: The Doctrines of Grace make God a monster! I would be afraid to make such a statement. Scripture tells: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.[Proverbs 9:10]

    I have heard my Dad say this many times! And I believe it.

    There are many who want to lessen the word "fear" but BDB says this:


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    KJV - fear 41, exceedingly + 01419 2, dreadful 1, fearfulness 1; 45

    1) fear, terror, fearing
    1a) fear, terror
    1b) awesome or terrifying thing (object causing fear)
    1c) fear (of God), respect, reverence, piety
    1d) revered
     
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    I'm afraid respect and reverance for God have greatly diminished in my life time (54 years). As I watch our young generation in their daily endeavors I see most of them are self absorbed. So not only do they not revere God they place themselves above Him. I feel a lot of this has come from the seeker friendly method of marketing Christianity..it makes so much of self and so little of God and now 20-30 years later we have churches full of people that are there for what they can get out of it..IMO..
     
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    Good afternoon gentlemen,
    I agree both statements. I have had an instance where a younster was astonished when I mentioned that the lack of the capitol was a sore lack of respect to be demonstrating to the public and a person, close to my age, told me to lighten up. So it indicates to me that the world is having such an effect on the Church, today. I know that God has warned us of this falling away as coming but having been so deeply embedded in sin and yet being forgiven, it just drives me crazy that so many will not love God but will, because of their heart set, go to Hell.

    Thanks for the input.
     
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    Well said!
     

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