We Know and Believe, but We Don't Seek
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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“You will seek Me and you will find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13)

I have written two articles on things we know.  I have stated clearly that we can know that God created the heavens and the earth.  And I have also said that there is ample evidence that this God who created such an orderly and vast system must have a vested interest in the outcome of that system.  Therefore we can know that God has intervened and will continue to intervene in history of creation to move the creation in a preordained order.  So, if we can know those things, it begs the question – “Why doesn’t a nation filled with churches and laws yearn to learn more and more about this Creator and live according to the magnificent outcome He has in store?”  Of course, I cannot answer this question quickly and thoroughly, but I can offer up food for thought.

First of all to admit we know there is a God in heaven, who created the heavens and the earth and everything in them, and who has intervened in history to move creation along to His created purpose, is to admit that He has a right to govern the behavior of His creation.  It means we have to admit there is a vital importance in His edicts such as the 10 Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, the Great Commands, and the Great Commission.  And to admit those things means we must surrender to their edicts and therefore lose control of our destiny to a higher power.  And that is scary to people who have a desire to live their lives independently of control of anyone, let alone a God we cannot see (of course we can see Him if we look, but that is the basis of another rambling.).

Second, in order to learn more about this God, we must broaden our horizons far beyond our current attention spans.  We cannot learn about Him in 10 second sound bites, in closely regulated one hour weekly worship services, or a daily reading from the Daily Bread or Upper Room (or from my daily ramblings for that matter).  Learning about this Creator takes time, discipline, and a yearning heart – and this interferes with the modern lifestyles. 

Third, our learning is too shallow.  I am amazed that we so willingly send our children off to government run schools so that they can learn about the created order, but learn nothing about the one who put the order into place.  Our learning will always fall far short, because we stop too soon.  Our knowledge will always be limited when we aspire to learn about a finite creation.  Learning all there is to know about the Infinite Creator is far more educational, and will indeed teach us far more about creation.  C. S. Lewis said (paraphrase) – “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in.  But aim at earth and you will get neither.”  And Jonathan Edwards said, “If your mind could embrace the entire universe, but not God, your knowledge is still parochial.”  How sad it is that we limit our children’s knowledge (and brag about it in the public square) because we cannot teach them about the Creator.

Ah, but some would say, we have the freedom to worship as we please.  The government cannot stop a parent from teaching a child about God.  And to some degree that is true.  But what we tell our children in our government run schools is that real truth is evolution, (not creation) and the rest is a matter of personal faith. (I wonder who created evolution?)  So a child grows up in all his learning from public schools being taught that real truth is ever changing science instead of an unchanging God.  And with each generation science becomes more our god, than the Creator who made science possible.


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