August 16, 2016

Detecting Weakness

A woman new to the political landscape appears to be trying to make her mark by picking public fights with individuals and organizations. I was stymied by her motivation until someone pointed out her tendency to attack when she detects weakness. I’m now wondering if those same optics might apply to Christians in America. Are the attacks on our faith due in part to the fact that the world sees a weakness in believers? Paul said, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love” (1 Cor 16:13-14 NIV).

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Steve Corey said...


-----But as much guard as we can be on, as firm as we can stand in faith, as courageous and strong as we can be, we are yet broken, imperfect, vulnerable within ourselves, lacking the full measure of faith, rather cowardly, and weak individuals. Every day I do and say things I would like to take back. They make cracks in my armor. And Satan is a good marksman with his marauding horde. He can guide any one of them right through the smallest of cracks like an accusatory little arrow. And those arrows in his quiver are becoming multitudinous in this deteriorating society.
-----Donald Trump is no saint, according to common rhetoric. A few months ago I heard a caller on the Morning in America with Bill Bennett radio program talking about his experience with Mr. Trump some years before. I was not unimpressed by the fact that he had only spent a few minutes a week over the course of thirteen months conversing with Mr. Trump at church. I was impressed that Mr. Trump was going to church steadily. All of us who call on the Lord are saints. All of us who attack other people’s weaknesses are playing the role of accusers.
-----But all of us have weaknesses. “God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.” (I Cor 1:27) And, from our love for one another, we need to be watching for one another’s weaknesses, otherwise, how can we ever encourage the fainthearted and help the weak (I Thes 5:14.)
-----Therefore, detecting weakness is good. Attacking is wrong. Helping is right. No wonder America is teetering on its last leg. Politics has been brought to the place of derision and attack. Nobody in politics tries to help anyone else understand their insufficiencies. Therefore all reason has fled it. And be sure, the church is full of politics, because we are all weak, though we are strong. I guess this is so that when we are perfected in our eternal lives we will surely not be able to say our being there was any doing of our own.

Love you all,
Steve Corey