Recently on the Facebook group for Fans For Christ there was a discussion about preachers condemning the "evils" of Pokemon. The thread was pretty long, and I'm not going to repeat it here (join the group if you want to see that and more). But one of my good friends posted a comment that really struck me and I thought it was worth repeating. Here are his words...
Of course, one could turn it
around, and say that what we are defining as "too much God" or
"obsession with the Bible" is better expressed as "not enough God" and
"obsession with the Christian".
For these sorts of things seeks
to answer the question "What must I do, that will make God love me?".
And a second question, like the first, "What must I do, that Satan shall
not conquer me?". And so preachers and teachers, most times out of
compassion and care for their flock**, will search the scriptures,
seeking to find The Answer which will calm the conscience.
we tend to seek that answer solely in terms of "what I must do", or
"what must I avoid", and under such terms we miss the Cross, and what
Christ Himself has won for us. In our religion, we miss God and His
Christ, because we tend to seek only ourselves.
"What must I do, that will make God love me?"
Nothing; he already loves you to the point of death and beyond.
"Believe in Him whom He has sent." He has called you and redeemed you
out of death's shadow, for His sake, for love's sake (but now I speak
redundantly). So act without fear, in the perfect love already given to
"What must I do, that Satan shall not conquer me?"
Remember that your Lord has already conquered him; he is in great
wrath, for he is a defeated enemy. "I saw Satan fall from Heaven like
lightning." "And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, 'Now the
salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of
his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown
down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have
conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their
testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore,
rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth
and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he
knows that his time is short!'" "For I am sure that neither death nor
life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor
powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be
able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
This is what we should find, when we seek after God and search the
scriptures: the Christ who saves us and keeps us. Who loves us in
spite of ourselves, and who gives that love freely.