Acorns From Oakes

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Rejoice

Christians take it on the chin regularly…sometimes deservedly…sometimes not. We are accused of having a Pollyanna attitude. They say of us that we act as though we aren’t living in the real world…that we wear blinders and go about whistling in the dark even when there are real monsters out there. We are too heavenly minded to be of any real earthly use. We come out with “trite” phrases as though the mere mentioning of them will make it all better.

I confess that this criticism resonates with me. I have been guilty of acting this way. And I have witnessed other Christians responding in these kinds of ways. We tell people who are going through the wringer not to worry! We tell people who’ve absolutely lost all hope that all they have to do is believe! (But that’s just the problem isn’t it? How can they believe when they’ve lost all hope?) And on go the illustrations (maybe you can give some).

But then I read Paul telling us this…”Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” That looks on the surface like shallow, hide-your-head-in-the-sand optimism. If you have the time…tell me why this command/invitation of Paul’s is not trite.

God bless you and yours.

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  1. I know the book of Revelation is about “Hallelujah Anyhow”. Christians went thru a lot of horrible things w/Roman Empire and God was teaching them “There would be a day of reckoning for them”. Hallelujah Anyhow. I know this is how we should be. But I must admit being human (and I probably have not gone through anything like people of the past with persecutions) I don’t know how I would behave and whether my optimism of God taking care of me anyhow would stand up. I would probably complain and say “Why Me God?” I hope before I die I could say Rejoice in the Lord Always because he is Good and my Savior. In the good times it is easy to say “Rejoice”.

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