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Skrevet af Jørn Nielsen   
Torsdag, 20. oktober 2011 05:57

It´s pretty easy to be a respectable citizen.  It´s easy to conform to our culture, even our religious culture, find a seat in the established church with all its motions.  Typically, our Lutheran state church is officially called “The People´s Church” to suggest it is a state governed set-up, acceptable to the people to please the people.

The major part of our people don´t care.  Their “church” is primarily the home life in well equipped homes, well protected from “intruders” and with their eyes insatiably directed, not to God but to His successful competitor, the TV.  Canvassing my district I just happened to talk to a “devoted” churchgoer yesterday outside her and her husband´s fine home.  “Sorry, I have no more time now as I have to watch “Poirot” (a detective film).

I walked into another luxurious home where I was kindly received.  I could at once tell that I would have little chance to impress the owner spiritually.  I invited him and his wife to my weekly “Thursday´s club” where we listen to God´s word and talk about it.  Oh no, things like that he would much rather do at home.  He too is going to church, though not regularly.  Religious yes, but with William Booth (the founder of the Salvation Army) I´m afraid it´s a religion without The Holy Spirit, salvation without a new birth, forgiveness without confession of sins, in other words, just religion, the people´s convenient religion in a “People´s Church”.

So it´s uphill.  I often feel very much related to Jeremiah, whose book I´m now reading.  He was confronted with religious people too, nay, even with religious leaders who punished him for preaching the truth. To an old servant of God I once groaned, “I see no results”.  His answer was, “How many results did Jeremiah see?”   Indeed that weeping prophet had his ups and down all right, and yet he was one of God´s very own, faithful to the end.

“What´s the use of what you´re doing”, my grandfather was once asked by his accountant.  He said, “Let me answer you with a word from God, “It is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”  (1 Cor. 4:2).  So that was what my grandfather´s calling and business was about.  To be a faithful steward.

Uphill?  Yes, but not too steep to the faithful.

Oct. 20, 2011 - jn

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