If Christians are a new creation, why isn’t everything perfect?

If Christians are a new creation, why isn’t everything perfect? I ask the question because of today’s Verse of the Day, from YouVersion. It says we are a new creation. The old is gone. The new is here. It sounds so exciting! So how come things aren’t perfect? For that matter, how come little or nothing seems to have changed? Is the verse wrong?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

If Christians are a new creation, why isn’t everything perfect?

See what I mean?

What’s the problem?

Why isn’t everything perfect?

Well, there are several reasons.

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For I have put my trust in you

I hate New Year’s resolutions. But on this last day of 2020, I was reading the verse of the day from YouVersion. It fits something I was thinking about earlier. So who knows – will this turn into something “regular”? Time will tell.

Ps 143:8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.

For I have put my trust in you

For I have put my trust in you

It’s easy to trust when the sun is out.

But what about during a storm?

We read that verse from Psalm 143, and it sounds so good.

And yet, here’s what it meant to me this morning:

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How can I leave you again?

Do you remember the song, How can I leave you again? It’s by John Denver. From back in the ’70s.

Di di di di di la la la la la la
In a spaceship over the mountains
Chasing rainbows in the setting sun
Leaving heart and home for the city of angels
I feel my life is undone

There are pathways winding below me
In pleasure I’ve gone where they go
In the quiet stillness I can hear symphonies
The loveliest music I know

How can I leave you again
I must be clear out of my mind
Lost in a storm I’ve gone blind
Oh, how can I leave you again

Oh, it’s been a long time since I’ve listened
Still longer since I’ve walked with you
For the first time I know what I’m missing
Some answers are no longer true

So I question the course that I follow
I’m doubtful and deep in despair
My heart is full of impossible notions
Can it be you no longer care?

How can I leave you again
I must be clear out of my mind
Lost in a storm I’ve gone blind
Oh, how can I leave you again

How can I leave you again
I must be clear out of my mind
Lost in a storm I’ve gone blind
Oh, how can I leave you again

We probably think of that as some person we’ve known.
Left.
And went back to.

But have you ever looked at the song with God as the One we’ve known?
Left?
And Gone back to?

You know, it actually does work. The lyrics tell the story.

You can check out how at https://godversusreligion.com/how-can-i-leave-you-again

See if it isn’t true for you.

If you’ve known God and left Him, it might give you a reason to return.

If you know God, but haven’t left Him, it might give you reasons to hang on when things get tough.

If you don’t understand why Christians can feel so strongly about God, maybe it’ll give some insight.

And if you’ve known God, left Him, and returned again, you’ll really get it. And understand why it’s something we really don’t want to do yet again!

It’s real. It’s true. It’s part of my story.

Have you ever thought about why some Christians don’t seem to know God?

It’s a question that must come to a lot of people – Christians and non-Christians alike. I know for me, as a Christian, it’s a concern both ways. Why some Christians appear to act like they don’t know God. And wondering if non-Christians don’t want to know God because they have strong misconceptions about God.

There are lots of reasons for this happening, but …

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Dealing with COVID restrictions – do you follow Darwin – or God?

Have you ever thought about how you’re dealing with life in a COVID world? I heard a restaurant owner on the news this morning talking about Darwin and COVID. He was talking about how Darwin didn’t say that the strongest survive. Rather, Darwin said it was the most adaptable who survive. And this particular person wanted to be one of the adaptable ones who survive.

Darwin and Covid

There is, of course, a problem with that. Well, a few problems. The first one is that Darwin never actually said it was the most adaptable who survive!

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Can religion, society and the government fit together?

Should religion, society and the government fit together? I know – the title says “can”. But as soon as I typed it, I thought “should” is a better question. But I left the title as it is, because lots of people are trying to make religion, society, and government all fit together.

And yes, to some extent it can happen. Just look at China for an example. Not that it’s working out well, especially for religion. But it is being forced by their atheist Communist government.

The thing is, it’s also happening here in the U.S.

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Is Christian transformation still a thing?

Is Christian transformation still a thing? Do we still believe in it? Maybe even more important, do we still even expect it? Or, have we truly reached the point where someone says the sinner’s prayer, and we’re instantly a complete Christian?

I ask this question because of the Presidential election. You may have seen that President Trump just changed his affiliation to non-denominational. I asked in What happened to Christian transformation – becoming more Christ-like? whether that was because of a life-changing event. You know, was it a real Christian Transformation? Or was it something else?

I fear it’s something else. That it’s more about getting votes than about a real transformation. It’s sad. And it’s especially sad that so many Christians, especially white Evangelical Christians, fall for this.

A wrote Pop Tart Christians quite a while back. It talks about our growth as Christians. We don’t just say some “magic” words, which aren’t even in the Bible, and become instant Christians. That goes for a president as well as for the rest of us.

We all need that growth. We need to experience testing. Then respond appropriately. You know – like a Christian that’s following what Jesus taught, rather than what our first instinct as people of a fallen world would respond.

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Did you miss in-person church services?

Did you miss in-person church services? Or, if you’re like me, are you still missing in-person church services? Although some, like the famous Grace Community Church, are flouting the law and having indoor services, the vast majority are not.

The church I go to just recently started having outdoor services. But even then, some people are encouraged to not attend. People like me because of my age, I tend to develop pneumonia rather easily, and I’m in “active surveillance” with cancer.

With all that, if you’re missing in-person church services, you’re not alone. The question though is how much are you missing them?

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Starting over

It’s been so long since I published anything here, I thought I’d just start over. Lately, everything’s been on my other two sites that I moved to other host environments to take advantage of other features that were very useful for them.

But something’s missing there. People read, but seldom respond. It’s not so personal either, since that tends to mess up Google searching for the main stuff on the sites. So I’m back.

Starting over, but not with God

Starting over

No, I’m not starting over with God. I’ve been through way too much to do that.

But there is a different emphasis.

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