I had mentioned earlier the idea that decent conversation is needed. We are awash in sound bytes, instant messaging, silly video messages, cute and compressed terminology. We are caught up, even in our closest relationships with such glib sayings as, "It's all good", "no worries" and "later dude".
We have lost the art of sincere and thoughtful dialogue, and yet, when we go back a hundred years, the people on the earth, at least in the more advanced cultures, were able to communicate, and did so freely, often and changed the world more than modern technology ever has in the area of personal communication and human interaction. Those people read books and had their minds expanded and those people passed down to their children the importance of close personal interaction within the family culture and the promotion of personal communication.
Sure there are exceptions, and every society has had those who were socially ostracised and then there were those who stood aloof, above the mere normal man, and they certainly reaped the excesses of their haughtiness and disdain for the common man in God's providence.
So, the Christians today needs to ask themselves a few questions.
-Are we so hopeless at communicating, that we have stopped communication, meaningful interaction altogether, even with God!
-Have we been intellectually lazy and as a result have allowed ourselves to be dumbed down by modern culture?
-Are we reading the scriptures and asking God to teach us to think and feel and act? To be transformed in the renewing of our minds
and having the mind of Christ! ( Romans 12:2,1 Cor 2:14-16)
-Are we misunderstood easily and hence scorned, so we just give up communicating?
-Have we allowed circumstances to stifle us, whether it be poor communication with our children, or spouses, our fellow Christians including the leadership in the Church?
Decent conversation starts first with the Lord, whose ears are open to the prayers of His people! (1 Peter 3:12)
This is where we start. Think about prayer, think about the Lord's prayer and perhaps flesh it out a little.
Our Father who art in Heaven.
We are praying to the Father. Our great God who lives in Heaven, our future home.
Hallowed be thy name. We humbly and reverently go before Him, acknowledging just how great and holy He is, and if we are sincere Christians, we know that already. Think of the Prophet Isaiah who fell to the ground before the presence of the Lord, and who confessed his dirty lips whilst living in a sinful generation of people, whilst the Holy Angels covered their eyes and sang "Holy, Holy Holy, is the Lord God almighty".
Thy Kingdom come. We are living in a sinful world, we feel our own sins, and we desire for that day when the end of sin has come, when He brings the fulfilment of His Kingdom to full fruition. That is a prayer of our hearts, and if we feel our sin, we moan about it. We confess it, and we desire for a better country and we know that we are but Pilgrims upon the earth. We set our minds on things above.
Thy will be done. We pray for God's ways and means to come to fruition in this world, for we know that God is sovereign, and we know that His commands are good and right, and we desire to see His rule manifested in the hearts of people and for His will to be done on the earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. God is our provider. He supplies our every need and He enjoys to give us what we need. He who feeds the mere sparrow shall certainly give to His own people, every single thing they need in this life and for all eternity, and He wants us to ask Him for all of our needs.
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us. Daily we need cleansing, repentance and forgiveness of our sins, and we also need to pray for others who sin against us. We are all in the same condition. Those who have been forgiven much, love much. We are all worms needing forgiveness, and Christ has not only forgiven our past sins, but is causing us to seek daily and future forgiveness as well. And He has promised to be faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Are we taking this faithfulness of Jesus and taking Him for granted?
And lead us not into temptation. Are we asking God to even lead us anywhere?
How often do we ask God to make straight our path, or for His daily guidance?
But deliver us from evil. Are we really aware that evil is out there and that evil is in us? Do we ask God to show us our secret sins, the sins we do and are not even aware of it? How about anything which is not of faith, for whatever is not of faith is sin. Do we presume that we can deliver ourselves from evil?
And as we pray to the Lord, we do so, or should do so with the knowledge and proclamation that God is in absolute control at all times no matter what, for thine is the power and the glory, forever and ever amen.
That is the "decent" conversation I wanted to end upon. Can we do it, or have we become so dumbed down by our own lack of effort, overwhelmed by the world, the flesh and the Devil to the point of giving up? Have we?
Only God and you know the answers to these things, but I pray that whoever reads this post will dwell upon these matters carefully, and contemplate the future, however long or more probably short it could be.
The Good, "Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things that you have, for he has said, 'I will never leave you, nor forsake you,' so that we may boldly say, 'The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.'" (Hebrews 13:5-6)
The bad, "I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8)
And the ugly. "You will be like an oak with fading leaves, like a garden without water. The mighty man will become tinder and his work a spark;
both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire." (Isaiah 1 30-31)
And just a wee message to the Christians.
Turn off the Television, start talking to your family and friends. Crack open your Bibles and start reading it! Get out in the open air and start praying for God to do a great work upon the earth, even if it seems like every molecule is against that from happening. I firmly believe that true Christians today are but hanging on to the thread of the hem of Christ's garment, but thankfully, even the faith of a mustard seed will prevail and never perish.
To God alone be the glory!