My Thoughts. . .

Monday, January 20, 2020

Everyone has an agenda.  Some may be more earnest in supporting theirs than another.  Some are willing to go outside the law to obtain their goal.  Some will lie and deceive to reach theirs.  Even religious people have agendas.  If an individual holds to a specific doctrine denied by others, he will fight furiously for his.  Some are so dedicated to their agenda that they are willing to give their lives to uphold it.  An agenda may be ridiculed, and the owner ostracized, but such negative actions reinforce his faith rather than weakening it.

If a person believes he is doing God’s will, he will not be convinced otherwise.  Some are willing to defend their agenda by flying an airplane into a building or blowing themselves up.  If in the process they kill others, those victims deserved it because they did not accept his faith.  He is an instrument of God’s wrath upon infidels.   He will be richly rewarded for his martyrdom.

Those who claim to follow Jesus may not go to that extreme, but some do follow a different path in destroying others.  Innuendo is permitted.  Lies are justified.  Character assassination is allowed.  All such actions are justified in protecting that individual’s agenda.  He is God’s vengeance against those who will not remain on his path of conceived righteousness.   His followers see him as the defender of the faith.  He “tells it like it is.”

The problem inherent in this is that everyone has an agenda.  I have mine and you have yours.  An agenda may not kill anyone, but it can be destructive.  Saints in Corinth had theirs.  Four are introduced in the first four chapters.  Each agenda supported noble names.  Who would deny that Paul, Apollos, Cephas, or Jesus supported the truth?  All four did.  Yet, the congregation’s loyalties created the first “my favorite preacher” syndrome.  Even the one that touted itself as being “of Christ” was guilty (1 Corinthians 1:12).  Their paths followed neither the man nor his scriptural plan.   It was the beginning of “my agenda is better than yours.”

The devil is the master of deceit.  Didn’t he quote scripture to Jesus (Matthew 4:6)?   If he used God’s Word on the one who is God’s Word, do you think mankind would be a challenge to him?  If you doubt his abilities, look at the tremendous number of divisions that now exist among those who believe in Jesus.  Do you think God is the originator of our divisiveness?  Didn’t God show four ways were four too many (1 Corinthians 1:13)?

Satan uses man’s weaknesses to strengthen his kingdom and agenda.  So, why wouldn’t he use our agendas for his purposes?

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).