Two Lenses; The Sacred And The Secular?

I am a Christian, Christ follower, and it’s not just a belief/faith, it is my identity—my whole self.

I hear some Christians talk as if there is a secular/sacred divide. For instance, I go to church and I do these things in my sacred life and than my work and play is over here in this secular corner. Even more concerning is Christians whose worldview is separated from God’s Word. For example, those that say politics, culture and what’s going on in the world is in my secular corner and should not mix with my sacred life.

How does this make any logical sense? This idea may be the main reason Christians can be ineffective in their influence in the world.

Yes it is true, we are Christians living in the world not of the world but that doesn’t mean that our view of the world is to be seen through a different lens.

C.S. Lewis said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it, I see everything else.”

Our identity in Christ will shape our worldview. It is through this identity that we can discern and see everything else.

It would make no sense that the Creator of the universe would have us view the world through different lenses. The Bible(God’s breathed Word) is our guide.

The closer we align ourselves with God’s Word the more His Word is living through us, in our beliefs, thoughts, actions and motivations across our entire lives. It will help me to discern in all areas the Truth from the false.

When we stray from keeping His Word as the central lens then this is where we will easily be led astray from His Truth. Beware of adding to or taking away from the authority of Scripture.

If you are finding contradictions, and holes in your worldview, don’t let it go and pass that off as, “oh that must go in the secular corner.” Do the work. Pray. Wrestle. Let the Light of God’s Word shine His Truth on it.

His Word is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path.
Seek and you shall find! Knock and the door will be opened. Seek Him first.

Quiet Sea and Submission

A fear of mine and somewhat of a fascination is the open waters and outer space.

It sends chills when I watch people going in a submarine miles below the surface or to outer space.

There is something terrifying about the deafening silence and expanse.

Why is this? I think it’s the fear of the unknown, the inability to see a beginning and an end. It requires a submission. It exposes our finiteness, our lack of ultimate control. It strips any notions of the world revolving around us and forces our submission.

We don’t like submission, so we don’t allow ourselves to be put in a position where this is thrust upon us, yet we inevitably can’t run from it.

Is this an intersection of the free will of man and the sovereignty of God? 

I can be afraid and choose not to go to outer space so I can stay comfortably in control, but even though I may believe and feel I’m in control by not choosing to go to outer space, outer space still remains and I’m still just as finite and not in control in my safe space as I would be in the expanse of the galaxy. We make choices, yes, but our choices don’t change truth and reality.

We can choose to take our own path, but really there is no other path. We are ultimately at the mercy of this absolute so our choices will ultimately come under this authority and we will find we had no choice.

Our freedom then is in submission to the Truth not apart from it. When we have submitted to our creator and trust Jesus as the author and finisher of our faith we can live in abundant life the way we were designed. No more fighting for something we weren’t designed for in the first place. 

A fish was designed to swim in water and not to live in the desert. No amount of choosing to try to make a fish live on dry land will change the fact that it was never meant for that. Only death will come from living out of God’s will.

Below is a poem written by Johann Wolfgang Goethe around 1795. It paints a masterful picture of the contradiction of the alarming deep dark silence and how this makes way for the joy of the sighted land.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6

“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Job 22:21

Quiet Sea

Deep quiet rules the waters;

motionless, the sea reposes,

and the boatsman looks about with alarm

at the smooth surfaces about him.

No wind comes from any direction!

A deathly, terrible quiet!

In the vast expanse

not one wave stirs.

Fortunate Voyage

The mist is torn away,

The heavens turn bright,

And Aeolus unfastens

The bonds of fear.

There, the winds rustle,

the boatsman stirs.

Quickly! Quickly!

The waves rise up again.

The distant view draws close,

Land ho, I call!

—Johann Wolfgang Goethe


America was founded on an authoritative objective morality outside of ourselves.

And though not all the founding fathers were Christians, The Bible was the foundation for this thinking. We simply can’t take this fundamental truth out of our history. You can try to rewrite history but all will fall apart when you rip away its foundation.

Some things are not meant to see through.

Lewis writes in the Abolition of Man,

“The whole point of seeing through something, after all, is to see something through it. One looks through a window in order to see the street or garden beyond. Similarly, it makes no sense to try to see through first principles. A world in which everything is transparent is an invisible world; thus, seeing through everything is the same thing as not seeing at all.

Trying to get beyond these principles results in the destruction of society as we know it. When we think we are seeing through foundational principles, we are actually losing our ability to see wisely at all.”

Lewis is inclined to believe that history does not show many examples of people who stepped outside of traditional moral structures and then used their power benevolently.

Lewis also says, “When there is no longer any objective sense of “It is good,” all that remains is “I want. This means that the conditioners are motivated only by their own pleasure. When there are no objective measures of value, then conditioners cannot value one emotional impulse over another, except by the impulses’ relative strength.”He further claims, “…they have sacrificed the sense of being part of traditional humanity in order to decide for themselves what “humanity” really is.”

So what does it mean to be human?

“…but when humanity has won the victory of making itself whatever it desires, what has it really won?”

A yard stick is objective. If my yardstick is 36” and yours is 42” whose measure should we use to determine a yard? What if someone comes along and says my yard stick is 24”?

If we have the right to redefine everything, how are we to communicate with each other?

If the founding fathers had not used an objective standard of morality, America would have never been founded?

We are on a slippery slope by trying to get away from an objective morality.

This is to our destruction because all our good and benevolent acts have no concrete authoritative basis and are left to crumble at our impulses and feelings. How can we live in agreement without boundaries and an objective standard?

So you say, my body, my rights, my feelings, my truth, my life?

This is the beginning of the end. This is the destruction of each individual and society as a whole!

There are absolutes and we are at the mercy of them.


I have been convicted to say this. I believe God laid this on my heart.

I can tell you one thing, God’s kingdom is not of this world and though we should fight to always uphold the truth in love and stand up for what is right, we should take caution to get fixated on anything but the gospel of Jesus. This is the main thing.

It’s people’s souls, we are talking about. May we be careful to not boast in anything but the cross of Christ and our weakness and need for Him.

His authority and power is absolute. God’s got this all under control.

Let not your heart be troubled. Be anxious about nothing, pray about everything. May we humble ourselves before Him. Surrender to His will. His will is perfect. May we check in with our motivations and our hearts to see if we have our priorities in order. Love the Lord your God, and Love your neighbor as yourself.

You can be sure that whatever happens in this election, God is the only One that can be trusted 100% of the time. And even when things don’t seem to go the way we would like, He cares so much for us that He will do whatever it takes to bring His children closer to Himself. What have we been idolizing that He may have to pry from our hands?

Christians, it’s time to get real!

God is calling His people to wake up!! Declare to the world the love and hope and abundant life that is only found in Jesus.

This is of eternal consequence.

Don’t be discouraged of the circumstances. Don’t be cast down! Don’t let the cares of this world overwhelm you.

Stand up for Jesus!

Let His light shine in the darkness! Darkness has to leave when the Light of the World shows up!

Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty. The whole earth is filled with His glory! Isaiah 6:3

Kindness Vs. Niceness

If ever we needed to know the difference, it is now!! Read this below from John Eldredge👇🏻It’s a powerful truth. 🙌🏻

Side note- John Eldredge quotes CS Lewis Screwtape which is an allegory about the nature of temptation, the story is told through letters from senior demon Screwtape to his nephew Wormword, a demon charged with luring the soul of “the patient” on to Satan’s path.

And so Screwtape reveals the Enemy’s ploy—first make humans flabby, with small passions and desires, then offer a sop to those diminished passions so that their experience is one of contentment. They know nothing of great joy or great sorrow. They are merely nice.”
CS Lewis The Screwtape Letters

Christianity has come to the point where we believe that there is no higher aspiration for the human soul than to be nice. We are producing a generation of men and women whose greatest virtue is that they don’t offend anyone. Then we wonder why there is not more passion for Christ. How can we hunger and thirst after righteousness if we have ceased hungering and thirsting altogether?

As C. S. Lewis said, “We castrate the gelding and bid him be fruitful.”

The greatest enemy of holiness is not passion; it is apathy. Look at Jesus. He was no milksop. His life was charged with passion. After he drove the crooks from the temple, “his disciples remembered that it is written: ‘Zeal for your house will consume me'” (John 2:17). This isn’t quite the pictures we have in Sunday school, Jesus with a lamb and a child or two, looking for all the world like Mr. Rogers with a beard. The world’s nicest guy. He was something far more powerful. He was holy.”

My thoughts on the difference between kindness and niceness.

I just thought how the word “kindness” gets thrown around and really they don’t mean “kind” they mean “nice”.
Kindness just might very well offend. The cross is offensive to those perishing. Jesus didn’t come to be nice but he was kind.
Biblical kindness is of the Spirit under the first virtue “love”
All the other fruits of spirit fall under the first which is Agape love—an active sacrificial love that seeks the highest good of another person. This love and the other fruits of the spirit don’t come natural in our sinful state.
Satan is an imitator and he will try to disguise himself in a false mask of these fruits—an “angel of light”
We can only have the fruits of the spirit by being connected to The Vine. It is the Holy Spirit in us. Apart from Him we can do nothing.
It is all Jesus.
Is Jesus glorified in our kindness?
Is the gospel elevated in our kindness?
In all we do, do all to the glory of God!

He is making us more like Himself. He is making us holy.

Speak the truth in love. Don’t fear man! It is none of our business how they respond. We are just told to proclaim the gospel. This is kindness. ❤️
Let us go about the Father’s business not the world’s business.

Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to thee. Take my moments and my days. Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee,
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee,
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose,
Every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart; it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

The Train

The train whistle is blowing! Do you hear it? It’s loud and clear!

Have we gotten on the train or are we running along side it trying to keep up and catch it at the last minute? Are we still at the train station?

It’s exhausting running alongside it. The train is faster, than your feet can go. It’s stronger than you. You can run and run and run and you will never keep up. You will be tired and weary all the time.

Getting on the train on the other hand has protection from the elements. It’s true the train may go through storms, it may hit some obstacles to overcome. If you are outside running alongside, you are left to deal with the elements on your own, but if you are on the train, you have a seat to rest in as you journey to your destination. No heavy burden trying to keep up. No need to be weary.

The train also has community. On the train there are others on the way to the same destination as you that will comfort and encourage you. And when the train goes through the storm, you won’t have to go it alone. You will have fellowship and others to lean on. You will be able to encourage others too.

Most importantly, the train has a conductor. We aren’t driving the train, but when we choose to get on, we trusted that this conductor would get us to our destination. We don’t have to worry about the details of the journey, because the conductor has it all under his authority.

If you choose to run alongside the train, you are left to your own devices to get you to where your going. You won’t have the guidance and security that the conductor gives.

My question to you is, where are you? Are you running along side the train, wanting to do things your way, but still trying to keep up with the train and maybe try to hop on in the last minute?

Are you still at the train station just waiting for the train that you like? There is only one train that will get you to your destination and that is a 100% secure. All other trains can’t be trusted.

How will you know which train is the right one? It’s simple, it will have a huge sign that you won’t miss that says, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. It won’t be a fancy train with all the bells and whistles. It might look rather simple, and by worldly eyes not all that appealing, but there is no other way. All other trains lead to a dead end. Some trains will be so fancy, state of the art, it will be tempting to say that’s the train on want…beware and do not be deceived.

The Way, Truth and Life Train is waiting for you to get on! Get on today! Stop running! Stop waiting! Stop delaying! Stop making excuses! The conductor, his name is Jesus, and He wants to give you rest. Trust Him. Admit your need for Him. Admit your rebellion and then take the one way ticket and hop on! It’s the best decision you will make in your life!

All aboard!

Whoever has ears, let them hear. Matthew 11:15

Walk By Faith Not By Feelings

I have some encouragement for you. If you are getting beat up either by your own introspection and/or the enemy condemning you, I am here to tell you put it in it’s place and say, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus.

I quite often get in a battle through my own introspection and the enemy sees this weakness and tries to sabotage me. I get thoughts like, “you just need to shut up!” Look at you, you are so unholy, you don’t have any business preaching and teaching. Look at all this stuff you need to clean up? You’d be better off keeping your mouth shut and working on getting your life together. You think God is proud of you? HAHA!” These thoughts are an outright assault.

My dad and I had a wonderful talk this morning about walking in faith and not your feelings. I was so greatly encouraged. My word of encouragment is don’t wait for the feelings, just act. The Christian life is not about cleaning yourself up and waiting for the right feelings. It is about stepping out in faith in spite of the feelings.

Oswald Chambers said, “To be surrendered to God is of more value than our personal holiness. Concern over our personal holiness causes us to focus our eyes on ourselves, and we become overly concerned about the way we walk and talk and look, out of fear of offending God, but perfect love cast out fear, once we surrendered to God. We should quit asking ourselves, “Am I any use?” and accept the truth that we really are not much use to Him. The issue is never of being of use, but being of value to God Himself. Once we surrender to God, He will work through us all the time.”

CS Lewis said, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.”

We can’t have courage without a fear of something. Having courage requires stepping out in faith despite the feelings. We will find that acting in faith, the feelings of fear will disappear and will be replaced with love. The Ten Booms were most certainly facing great feelings of fear in hiding the Jews during the Holocaust but they were courageous and acted despite the feelings. They acted out of love.

Jesus said love the Lord your God and love your neighbor, don’t wait for the feeling, just act. If the thought occurs to you to do something kind for your neighbor, do it. Don’t analyze it. Just do it. If the thought occurs to you that you should show a kind turn to someone that maybe was not so kind to you, then do it. Don’t wait for the feeing, don’t say, well I need to wait for the right motivation. Just do it! All we have is right now. Tomorrow is not promised.

Let’s help each other live a bold and courageous life in Christ, walking by faith.


If I was sick with rare disease and I needed help…and there was a very qualified surgeon with excellent credentials that was willing to help me, would I turn him down if he was extremely arrogant, full of himself, and a host of all kinds of moral flaws? I don’t believe I would turn him down. First, my trust would be in God and that He would protect and guide, and if God allowed this immoral surgeon to help me, then I will trust the Lord to allow what needs to be done and the hands that are operating.

Have you thought about this? We can be just as arrogant, and prideful with character flaws as Trump or Biden. If we are able to restrain ourselves from external unrighteous character, this is not extra brownie points. We still experience it in our hearts. We can be just as self important, self righteous, and egotistical.

And you say, “well I control myself better, I don’t say it out loud that makes me better.”

And the Bible says, “whatever a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Do we believe in the gospel or do we believe in self righteousness?

These two are contradictory.

Do we see ourselves as better than the next person?

Maybe what is really being exposed in all of the division is the fact that we have to look in the mirror and see ourselves for who we really are.

We are sinners in need of a savior. “There is no one good no not one!”

We have two choices: We can look in the mirror and lie and say, “I am so much better than the next person. I’m so glad I’m not like him.” Or we will look in the mirror and say “Woe is me..for I am a man of unclean lips. You alone are holy.”

Just because someone has external righteousness does not make them righteous.

I struggle with pride, and my ego and my motivations are less than honorable much of the time.

What are we telling the world about Christianity with this confusion and division in the church?

Christianity is not about squeaky clean, polished people, that have it together. Christianity is about sinners like me who deserve punishment, but because of the grace of God through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross I have been given freedom and life, because I saw in myself the beast that I am and that I need a savior.

Jesus loves me in all my prideful ways, my arrogance, my selfishness, my ego. And He has redeemed me.

I have walked with Jesus for a long time, but oh how I have messed up. And I still do. He has never stopped loving me and lavishing his grace on me. He has lavished his grace on all of us. He is slow to anger. He is so very patient with us and wants to see people come to Him and place their trust in Him alone. Deny yourself and take up your cross. Lay down your self righteousness. We have no righteousness on our own. Our righteousness is through the blood of Jesus.

Lets tell the world, what the real gospel is. What real Christianity is all about.

Take the log out of your own eye and start loving your neighbors and loving your enemies.

Remember we were all enemies of God and He loved us enough to die for us to bring us back into a right relationship with Him. We are no longer enemies but friends of God. All you have to do is confess your sinfulness and trust in Him as your savior.

Under Scrutiny

I have been watching the hearings for the Supreme Court Justice seat, and I couldn’t help but think about how grueling it is to go through that; where you are publicly being questioned about who you are, what you’ve done and what you believe, and yet the strength it takes to go through that process is the strength that is needed to be a Justice of the Supreme Court. She is faced with personal questions that might be embarrassing. She is confronted with questions with an air of trying to undermine her character and credibility.

I had to testify in court when I was 16, and although it was a completely different reason, I am sympathetic to the public scrutiny that one has to go through. I was in front of a court room of people, and when I was on the stand to testify, that was one of the most exposed, raw and vulnerable times I have ever been through. I remember the defense attorney trying to make me look like a liar and and discrediting my character. I felt the attack. It was painful. I felt a strong need to defend myself. I was prepped on what I would be asked and that I would just be required to answer truthfully. I remember breaking down and crying at one point when asked to give certain details that were extremely difficult to do, not to mention adding the stress and trauma of the defendant being right in front of me.

It doesn’t have to be in a court room to have these same experiences of feeling like you are put on trial, exposed, vulnerable, maybe discredited. it might be an experience at work, or maybe it’s an experience with family or friends, maybe it’s in school. It is natural to feel the pain and the need to defend yourself. Being put under any scrutiny is not a place anyone wants to be under, and yet we will all face it to one degree or another from time to time in different circumstances.

I remember, in my court-room experience, the love and support of my family and most importantly prayer and leaning on Jesus. was the beacon that carried me through. The night before I had to testify, I had an extreme case of anxiety, I remember my mom just holding me real tight as we laid in my bed, trying to calm me down. I remember having my mom and dad right there at my side supporting and fighting for me. A lot of the experience is a bit of blur, but those are the things that I remember with clarity. I knew I had the support of my family and Jesus was taking care of me. God has used that experience in my life to strengthen me and depend on Him and He has shown me the appropriate response when I face other kinds of scrutiny.

Whatever experiences of scrutiny, critical examinations you might be experiencing or have experienced, I am here to say it’s not meaningless, and there is something good that can come out of it. Focus on Jesus. He knows exactly how you feel, he was scrutinized to the point of death. There may be weeping in the night, but joy will come in the morning. Tell the truth in love. and be who God created you to be, rely on Him and He will give you the strength to face whatever you need to face. Ask for His wisdom and wait on Him.

“Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:-6.

The Good Ol Days

It’s been a long time since I heard this song. How much do we feel this longing?

I was singing that line..”Tell me about the good ol days” and had to go listen to the words again. It really is a good song that seems to bring attention to a desire we all have.

It got me thinking about our heart and that longing(one of my favorite things to talk about) that is within us. We long for things to be set right for goodness and love, but what are we looking to for satisfaction in that longing?

One of my favorite quotes by CS Lewis speaks of this longing and desire. When I first read “The Weight of Glory” it resonated so deep, I cried like a baby. Here is a quote from it:

“In speaking of this desire for our own far off country, which we find in ourselves even now, I feel a certain shyness. I am almost committing an indecency. I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in each one of you—the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence; the secret also which pierces with such sweetness that when, in very intimate conversation, the mention of it becomes imminent, we grow awkward and affect to laugh at ourselves; the secret we cannot hide and cannot tell, though we desire to do both. We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name. Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty and behave as if that had settled the matter. Wordsworth’s expedient was to identify it with certain moments in his own past. But all this is a cheat. If Wordsworth had gone back to those moments in the past, he would not have found the thing itself, but only the reminder of it; what he remembered would turn out to be itself a remembering. The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.”

C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory