Psychics and Mediums
If someone asked you afterwards, you could swear that you have no clue how a person could know that much about you. They knew about your grandmother, didn’t they? They knew about the word that she had inscribed on her necklace…wait how did they know about the necklace anyway?
This may be the thought process of someone who leaves a show with a medium. Someone who claims to be able to communicate with the dead. If you don’t know what to look for, then you might get bowled over into believing a lie. The worst part is, you won’t know that it’s a lie. The people you tell about it may not know that it’s a lie or a scam either. This feeling of revelation can change your world or shake the foundations of everything you believe……….
Behind the Curtain
That is, unless you know the truth behind what you’ve just seen or heard.
You would then be able to defend yourself and even tear down the lies. You would be equipped to deal with the junk that is slung at you as “gospel truth” without being afraid to wade into the waters of dialogue. Whether it’s on Facebook or at work or at a friend’s house, you can confidently stand up against the lies that this world throws at you.
A few weeks ago I detailed several of the techniques used by mediums and psychics to con people into believing the lies that they present. You can check out those posts here: Cold Reading and Hot Reading.
If you are watching unaware of what’s going on, you will be bowled over by the “power” that these people have, but if you know what to look for, you can shoot the right holes through their facade and it will fall.
What I’m talking about though is not just for psychics and mediums. What I’m talking about is standing up to any argument or debate that you may feel scared of entering.
If you have been on Facebook lately (I’m guessing if you are reading this than you are on Facebook) the topic of Chick-Fil-A has sparked all kinds of debate and false facts. If you don’t equip yourself and know what to look for, then you are going to get swept up into believing something that is a lie, much like a psychic.
Sifting Through the Bad
There is a lot of bad information out there. There are a lot of Bible verses being used out of context. It’s not okay to sit idly by and watch it happen. There is a way to defend the faith in meekness and love. In fact 1 Peter 3:15 requires us to do so. We are to always be ready give an answer for the hope that is in us in love. It’s okay if you don’t know every answer, but we are to make an effort to learn. Then you will be able to 2 Corinthians 10:5 those arguments.
For instance how would you answer, “Leviticus says you shouldn’t mix two types of threads, how do you justify your polyester blends?”
That’s a tough question at face value, but I assure you the answer is not nearly as difficult as it looks. Stay tuned here to find out the answer.
What is your answer for the Leviticus question above?
When was the last time you were bowled over by a lie?
I don’t quite know how it happened, but a Facebook post about supporting the fast food chain Chick-Fil-A on August 1st spiraled into a massive debate about moral relativism and the existence of Jesus. These two topics are not directly related, but a few Kevin Bacon steps do in fact lead one to another.
If you haven’t been following it, Chick-Fil-A’s President and COO, Dan Cathy, made a statement supporting traditional marriage. Normally no one would bat an eye for a company stating their stance on a “culture war” issue, but this time a company came out in with a Biblical world view, and the world isn’t happy. It’s to be expected when you make a stand as a Christian. You should expect backlash and resistance. The thing is, you have two response options.
You can bury your head in the sand and hope no one brings the topic up in your presence so you can avoid confrontation all together.
The other option is to proactively equip yourself with the tools necessary to engage people with the message of Jesus.
Make no mistake, the first option is without a doubt the easiest thing we can do as followers of Christ. It’s easy to ask Jesus to save you and forgive you…and sit on the sidelines. Let’s face it we don’t want to have to stand up to criticism. We might not know the answers. Unfortunately, that’s not an excuse. We can’t stand before God one day and say, “God I was scared of the risk so I just buried my talent in the sand.” If you want to find out the result of this response, check out Matthew 25.
I don’t want God to be disappointed in me. I want to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
One of my favorite parables is when Jesus feeds the 5000. The only person who thought, “I might get hungry today” was a small boy. He brought 5 loaves of barley bread (a shabby bread by the world’s standards) and two fish. What he did though changed my life.
He didn’t offer Jesus 3 loaves and 1 fish. He didn’t say, “Here Jesus you can have what I have left over.”
He gave Jesus everything.
The world may not look at it as much, but look at what God did because the boy gave his everything.
Everything he had he gave to Jesus to use and bless thousands. God has called all of us to be like that little boy. We are called to give God our everything and hold nothing back. If we start to live our life in a way that says daily, “God I’m giving you my everything” this world will take notice.
Matthew 5:14 says let your light shine bright enough where people take notice. God wants us to put the time in necessary to effectively reach the world for Christ out of love. We can’t attack or harass people who don’t believe like us. We have to approach them in love.
Some of the answers on the Facebook post kinda sadden me because they tend to have a, “You’ll find out you were wrong when you’re burning in Hell” attitude.
We are called to love others. We are called to give God our everything. That involves putting the time in studying and learning how to approach the arguments and apply 2 Corinthians 10:5 to them.