Every human being has to decide who Jesus Christ was and is. Many try to cast him as a good moral teacher, but in reality this view is either a sign of naivety since the individual must be unaware of what Jesus said, or is a contradiction since the individual doesn't actually want to believe what Jesus said. C.S. Lewis accurately lays out man's only three responses in Mere Christianity to the outlandish things Jesus claimed, that He is: a lunatic, a liar, or He is Lord. Taking Jesus at face value and believing the thins he said about Himself has created the orthodox view of Christ, which rightfully concludes the He is the Lord.
Grieve for what is lost. Following Babylon's destruction of Jerusalem, Lamentations was composed from raw grief for God's broken people (Lamentations 1:2). The writer mourns seeing that God's character fulfilled His word, just as He said it would happen (2:17). Judah wails, recognizing that God allowed this anguish (3:1-16), yet paradoxically that God is still their hope (3:24-30). The ramifications of sin are described in graphic detail as many deal with the pain of loss (4:14). The people are called to remember this disgrace so that God will restore them (5:21). God calls us to relationship with Him, and as our Father wants us to open our emotions to Him, even when it hurts. When disease strikes you, death strikes your family, or a natural disaster strikes your country, ask God the tough questions, He can take it. God may reveal that trials are allowed to develop perseverance and bring about our maturity (James 1:2-5). Even if we do not receive an answer, we must recognize that God works all things for His good (Genesis 50:19-20). Take comfort that our groaning is only temporary as we await our heavenly dwelling (2Cor. 5:4).
painting by Evelyn De Morgan.
Positive & Negative lessons from church history and missions.
When greed becomes man's god, his fellow man becomes the sacrifice. Selfish desire has corrupted man for so long it has its own personification,“Mammon,” but its negative effects are compounded when it hinders the gospel. When Europe set out to make the whole world Europe in the 18th century shows how few did so for the gospel, but for trade, conquest, and exploitation.