Are you one of those who love experiences that make your stomach churn? I have only had motion sickness issues when I ride roller coasters. Unfortunately, the only way to stop the onslaught of nausea was to get off the ride, but by then it is often too late. I have not had trouble on recreational boat rides that were hours from shore searching for whales, or on bumpy airline flights flying through choppy air. A recent flight I was on had to land in a thunderstorm and I certainly was gripping the seat armrest for an extra sense of security.
Motion sickness happens when your senses get overloaded and send mixed signals to your brain. The fluid in your ears feels the movement, your eyes do not necessarily see it, but often your stomach does have quite a reaction. Our eyes and ears are doing the best they can with the information they are taking in and processing, but they both may not be right.
As I observe people and culture, I continue to see mixed signals about God. The opinions of people from various backgrounds and the teaching of Scripture both can’t be right. Consider:
1. The Supreme Court of the United States has a statue of Moses and the Ten Commandments on its building (and our money has a declaration of faith on it), but schools cannot post the commandments on its premises and children cannot recite the Pledge of Allegiance in public school because of the words, “In God we trust.”
2. Americans believe in the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but babies are aborted every day (40 million plus since the 1970’s). Yet Scripture tells us that God knows us in our mother’s womb, created us in His image, and He is the Creator and Designer of Life.
3. Politicians regularly end a speech with, “and may God bless America.” Yet many do not live lives that honor God and characters in pop culture, sports, movies, and every day life repeatedly take God’s name in vain. Scripture says God is holy and His name should not be misused.
4. People ignore the main Hero of the Bible (God Himself), as well as the wisdom of the most popular Book of all time (the Bible), yet cry out to Him in a crisis as if He were their best friend.
What do these mixed signals tell you about God? Read Psalm 86. What do you learn about God? By the way, are you aware of the YouVersion app for your mobile device(s), which could assist you in your reading, reflection and study of Scripture?
The world (and many of your family members, peers on campus, and friends in the marketplace) see the God of the Bible as irrelevant, unethical, inconsistent, a power-mad tyrant, and even non-existent. In reality, God is sovereign, perfect, loving, all wise and all powerful. To Him alone we owe our very existence. We need to pursue Him to know Him better.
If you are a follower of Jesus, your brain should recognize these mixed signals and know which ones are right and trustworthy. If you are wavering amidst the signals our culture and your campus espouses, and may not be so sure anymore, ask God to stop the motion. Ask Him to guide you to the Truth about Him in His Word. He will help you regain your balance.
Grow devotionally. Mixed signals can make you sick. Scripture intake will help stabilize you.
Love is a verb,
©2013 by Mike Olejarz