A Sign of the Times

“Please don’t give money to beggars on this corner. It’s bad for the neighborhood.”

Those were the words of an actual sign I saw on the side of the road as I drove back to my office today. The major issues that this professionally-made sign points to don’t escape me: the low societal view (and treatment) of the poor and of human dignity, and the tension, at times, between giving versus enabling. As important as these matters are, my mind, for the most part, went to something altogether different.

You see, someone didn’t take too kindly to what was written and took it upon himself or herself to edit the message by cutting out the word “don’t” making the sign read: “Please ______ give money to beggars on this corner…” Obviously, one could just mentally fill in the blank to get the intended message of the author.

With that being said, I couldn’t help but see a correlation between what an individual did to that sign and what some people do to the Scripture – God’s message, His “sign,” if you will. They may not cut out words and sections of the Bible literally, but they do hermeneutically. That is, they interpret the Bible in such a way that they in effect change its message. They cut it to fit their own desires, which only means that it is tailor-made for their destruction (2 Peter 3:16).

That sign on the corner was a sign of the times: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teaching of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” (1 Timothy 4:1-3, emphasis mine)

Regardless of who seeks to change God’s sign, may God strengthen the hearts and expand the ministry and influence of those of us who, by His grace, are committed to faithfully “cutting it straight.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Advertisements

Posted on April 2, 2014, in Bible. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. It’s very easy to find out any matter on net as compared to books, as I found this paragraph at this site.

  2. Good day! I just would like to give you a big thumbs up for your
    excellent information you have got here on this post. I will be returning to your web site
    for more soon.

  3. Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed!

    Very useful information particularly the last part 🙂 I care for such information much.
    I was looking for this certain information for a long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  4. Helpful information. Lucky me I came across your web site by accident, I bookmarked it.

  5. Wow, wonderful weblog format! How long have you ever been blogging for?
    you make blogging glance easy. The full look of
    your site is wonderful, as well as the content!

  6. This website was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something which helped
    me. Appreciate it!

  7. Great article, totally what I wass looking for.

  8. I do believe all of the ideas you’ve offered in your post.

    They’re really convincing and will certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are very brief for
    newbies. Could you please extend them a bit from subsequent time?
    Thank you for the post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Witness

A Black Christian Collective

Trillia Newbell

Living, Leading, & Loving Like Jesus

Cam Triggs

For God's Glory

Henry Ballard, Jr.

Living, Leading, & Loving Like Jesus

D. A. Horton

Living, Leading, & Loving Like Jesus

Stephen G. Brown

Be encouraged by the preaching + teaching + writing of Stephen G. Brown

Living, Leading, & Loving Like Jesus

THE WIRE

by Pastor Robert Earl Houston

Desiring God

Living, Leading, & Loving Like Jesus

Ligonier Ministries Blog

Living, Leading, & Loving Like Jesus

Vertical Church

Just another WordPress.com site

J.D. GREEAR

PASTOR, AUTHOR, THEOLOGIAN

Tim Challies

Informing the Reforming

H.B. Charles Jr.

Living, Leading, & Loving Like Jesus

Kraig Lowell Pullam

My thoughts. My reflections. My journey.... On pastoring, preaching, leading & learning.

%d bloggers like this: