Thursday, January 31, 2008

Liberty or License?

Last night in church, my little girl selected the song, "Did You Think To Pray?"

E'er you left your room this morning,
Did you think to pray?
In the name of Christ, our Savior,
Did you sue for loving favor
As a shield today?

I was struck by the question. I have been having difficulties with my prayer life lately, difficulties keeping up with my Bible reading, difficulties finding my Daily Bible. I asked myself, do I think to pray when I leave my room each morning? When I'm met with great temptation? When my heart is filled with anger? When sore trials come upon me?

I realized that I actually think of Googling at least as often as I think of prayer. I was shocked at myself.

Then this morning I got up and absentmindedly clicked over to my blog feeds as I waited for the coffee to make, and found Cindy's post. She is going to be done with blogging for awhile. This paragraph especially struck me as apt:

And in the midst of my small world comes the Internet, almost like a god, vast, unmeasured. Always like a siren wooing me with good things, great things, better things. It is almost like if I have a problem my first thought is Google not God. I can search everything from marriage to murder, Bible verses to bedtime stories. The Internet really is a replacement for our current concept of God and it is a clue. It lets me know that something must be vastly wrong with my concept of God. I have never been able to get God to cooperate with me the way Google does.

Exactly. And another terribly appropriate quote:

I would love to write another story about that beautiful evil Pandora. In my story, she would release a box full of a million good things leaving restraint in the box.

Read the rest here. I have printed it out to post on my refrigerator.

"To be free without authority is license." --Charlotte Mason

"All things are lawful unto me; but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not." --The Apostle Paul

How does one repent in sackcloth and ashes in this day and age?

1 comment:

G.L.H. said...

Wow. Terribly timely post.

Thank you for posting.