Monday, November 19, 2012

Steady As She Goes

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2)

"See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ." (Colossians 2:8)

In maritime culture the old term "steady as she goes" verbalized the idea that if you take care of her [the ship] then she'll take care of you. In these times of strange, yet direct, challenge to the Christian faith we must be, as has always been true, decisively and deliberately turning to the trusted source of our faith; God's inspired word in the Scriptures. Be ready for challenges of it, for justifications of what God's word dubs an abomination. But be steady. Be passionate but kind. Wise as serpents and gentle as doves; leaving a lasting mark of grace as our Savior left His blood stains on the ground at Calvary. The "battle" truly belongs to the Lord, but we must put on the full armor of our faith to navigate these choppy waters. Always ready to give a reason for the message, the gospel, the good news. God's unchanging truth, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Filter all you read, see, and hear through the lens of God's word. Steady as she goes.