A few days ago I wrote about an event being held in Washington, D.C. called “Stand in the Gap 2007”. It was conducted on Saturday, the 6th, and if their Web site is any indication of the success or “failure” of the event, it must have been rather dismal. Then again, based on what I had said in my article about the lack of awareness, it may not have been a surprise.
Nevertheless, there is a posting on their Web site about some resolutions that came out of the event. I read those with some interest because I have been thinking lately about the notion of discernment. Discernment is an instrument in the believer’s toolkit that often ends up collecting dust. Primarily because we do not know how to use it properly. In part because we have a rather shallow understanding of scripture. That, and the fact that few of us have really given much thought to our “world-view” or what makes up our world-view.
Having said that, I considered several of those resolutions and concluded that most, if not all the men who read them would probably go home with little or no understanding of what they should be doing about them. The only exception might be the person(s) who wrote them. Here are a couple examples:
We remember your mission and declare as your sons, servants, soldiers, and saints, our resolve to see all nations gathered at your throne in worship.
What exactly does that mean? If it is a veiled reference to the “great commission” our duty there is to make disciples and to teach them obedience to the commands of Christ. Throne worship might be a by-product of that but that is not our mission.
We renew with resolve our surrender to the authority of your word and its truth for our lives.
Those are wonderful words, but what do they mean? I know it is not a mater of just renewing something, it is renewing something with resolve, so it must be important. If I were at that demonstration, committing to this resolution, what would I be expected to “DO” when I got back home?
Please do not misunderstand. I am not making light of these resolutions. They are wonderful. But they are the kind of resolutions we make every day. In fact, we make similar ones every year around midnight on December 31st, in some form or fashion, then promptly abandon them on January 2nd.
My point is, can we discern superficial rally calls from commitment to disciplined action? Can we decipher so much verbiage from what scripture displays as a clear mandate? I propose that it is essential we be able to do so and do so with consistency.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NRSV)
“And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless….” (Phil. 1:9-10)