Dr. Porter's District Assembly Powerpoint Presentations
That Thing for You is Sin!
Some of you know I attempt to golf –a game you either love or consider “totally stupid”. I must admit (in children’s red level quizzing fashion) “both answers are correct.” Pastor Mark Fleschner gave me a book written for golfers titled, “Life in the Fairway”. It was enjoyable to read golf stories tied to applicable Christian truths. The section of testimonies by Christian PGA golfers was especially interesting.
One of the most interesting was of golfer Ben Crane, who writes that there are four top priorities to his life: loving God, serving his family, honing his craft and cultivating meaningful relationships. In reading just how those priorities affect his life, I was quite surprised by this paragraph: “For me, I’ve learned that TV is something that just crushes my affections for the Lord. So one of the biggest things for me is not watching very much TV and not getting engaged in too many sports. Because when I spend too much time with those things, I start to care too much about them and I start to head in the wrong direction.” (Ben Crane, “Life in the Fairway”, p. 72)
Wow! Such an honest confession reminds me of the fairly well known Susanna Wesley quote (found in our 2013-2017 Manual on p. 49): “Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things, whatever increases the authority of your body over mind, that thing for you is sin.”
Is there a chance that we could ignore the “red flags of conscience” (the Holy Spirit speaking to us) attempting to steer us clear of things that could “take off the relish of spiritual things, …”? Well, yes, of course there’s a chance. Maybe the question should be do we ignore the “red flags of conscience”?
In his second letter to the church at Corinth, Paul quoted from the Old Testament reminding us of the promise given by God, saying, “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they will be my people.” Again: wow! Our God walks among us (by His Spirit) and we are His holy people! Paul concludes by saying, “Therefore, since we have these promises, … let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)
Let me suggest you read that verse very carefully – phrase by phrase - and allow this clear admonition to change how you live in order that you can be the holy person God has enabled you to be.