DayBreaks for 03/17/12 – Enough Positive Thinking
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. – Psalm 139:23-24
A Sunday School class in a church once made an unusual request. They asked that when it came to the part of the worship where the congregation joined together for the prayer of confession that the prayer be omitted. Here are the reasons that they gave for their request:
1. Confessions imply that we are bad people.
2. Our children will get a negative image of themselves.
3. Guilt is damaging; we need to think positively.
4. Worship should always be uplifting and make us feel good.
This sounds like the philosophy advocated by that book some years ago I’m OK, You’re OK. So, if I’m OK and you’re OK then what are we doing here? The refusal to acknowledge that we are sinful people is damaging the church today, and it is damage that is coming from within, not from without. We have bought in to the modern culture that we should have a positive self-image through positive thinking.
Sin is very, very real, and it is too deadly and destructive to ignore. The cross stands as a constant reminder to us of just how serious our sin is. The failure to freely and openly express our sin before God and to one another cheapens God’s redemptive grace. Positive thinking has never removed the guilt from even one sin. The only thing that will do that is God’s redemptive action.
PRAYER: Lord, of one thing I am positive: in me dwells no good thing, but your love and grace abound unto me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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