I loved the program from the 1970’s, “All in the Family.” Carroll O’Connor played the main character, Archie Bunker, who was an ill-tempered, impatient racist who treated his wife like she was stupid.
So why did I like it? Carroll O’Connor was cutting edge in bringing societies real issues right into our living rooms. The story line always brought the viewer face to face with what was possibly living in their own life.
God will bring things to our door, and into the living room of our lives that we need to recognize and deal with, in vivid black and white. And then, like Archie, we have a choice.
I recently saw a magnet that said, “Let Go or Be Dragged.”
It’s so much easier when we let ourselves be taught than to drag out the lesson over decades. And we are all the same, and all need Jesus, and like my Mom says, “We’re all fixer-uppers.”
“So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” (James 1:21) James was writing to Christians just like you and me, whose souls were in the process of being saved.
So when the “black and white” clarity comes, don’t ignore it or push it away. Let it have its work. God is always working to transform us, to “raise the dead in us” who are living so we can come to know more of the Sozo life He came to give.
Grace & peace for the journey,
(c) Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, July 2014