Monday, July 8, 2013
Snares That Can Be Out There
Proverbs 22:5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
Sometimes the world can feel like a tough place. I've lately been in many positions where I've had to withdraw from things because of finding things out. I am not just shown things on here but IRL too.
Remember discernment is not to be used just for the BIG WORLD SCOPE STUFF, but PERSONAL LIFE TOO.
If you live in an area that is less Christian, or less rural, things can be tough out there. I lived in a rural area for almost 10 years, and in comparison to this place I moved several years ago to, it was a culture shock. It is much more "liberal" and while there are a few Christians here, even the numbers of "confessing church Christians" is on the lower side.
One thing the world is growing far more New Age, that one thing I have been facing is having to disassociate myself from even community activities most would deem safe. Take your regular art center, there one may love to paint and draw but be careful there even. There are some that are definitely alright for a Christian to go to that remain neutral and where one can take a class on regular drawing or painting or crafts. In this arena, I encountered something personal where I wanted to do some volunteer work with a newer community art center, and then realized as I got closer to the group, that there was New Age themes being taught via what appears to be a "secular" and "community" art center. I realized something was not "right". There was one day I was supposed to go to a specific art festival they were holding and felt like I was warned to stay away, and then saw pictures of it, with people painting and drawing "lotus leaves" and the like, it is good I did not show up.
I looked up some members of the board online who I did not know, and realized to my horror, several were DEEP into the New Age, I am not talking just typical lost people or dabblers, but people who did "channeling" and called themselves "lightworkers" and some offered their services for money. In fact it seemed an exception to the rule for any of them to be neutral or not deep into the New Age, it was so many. Right now I am praying about what to do. I have cut the volunteer ties. I almost want to ask some people involved is this a religious organization? Yes us Christians have to be careful out there.
This year alone, I'm dropping association with this group, rejected going into a house of a false religion for a lecture that I was invited to, and seem to be facing these situations more and more. I told one friend I can't go to a trivia group which I thought was held at a restaurant but had too much of the "bar" atmosphere. This has cost me friends, and well how can I say this gently has not always garnished goodwill. I don't fight and feud with people but if you are there one minute and gone the next, it can lead to unhappy people. We are to make God happy first.
One thing too is YOGA and TAI CHAI seem to be everywhere too. I've already been in a health related group where I had to leave when they had a one time YOGA session. They know I am a Christian and know why I sat out. Recently I have been told in another group that they wish to do Tai Chai. Even if you think you are in "NEUTRAL" community groups, classes, health related stuff, this stuff seems to be coming up more. What is sad, is there are other Christians in these groups where it seems any discernment is totally lacking. Don't listen if they try to tell you the yoga is just for your health or that the TAI CHAI is just "nice exercises" which one told me the other day.
One thing I am noticing is these types of incidents are increasing out there. A Christian does want to be salt and light to the world but I have to be cautious myself in terms of not being "unequally yoked". It isn't easy, we don't live in caves, we are interacting with the world and of course you have the phony Christians who will tell you to go march with the nonbelievers and join with them in political and religious pursuits.
Being a "scattered" Christian, out of any church or relegated to only visiting Bible-believing churches that are very far away on occasion, one has to be even more cautious. Human beings are social animals, but if you feel like you are just about the only Bible-believing Christian out there, it can get tough. Keep in prayer when you feel that warning from God. I prayed to God to let me know the truth about the newer community art center and found out. I was disappointed to say the least but knowing here I have to obey God. What if I had volunteered and got deeper in?
We are in a world that is growing more non-Christian, the people growing in world views adverse to our own, are increasing day by day. I am realizing that things are different for young people, the world views are far less biblical. This I believe is one reason the Whosoevers can even be in your face with doing things like open support of wicked rock bands and many of their followers don't even blink an eye.
I know I have to avoid snares like this in my own life, of course there is a difference between Christians walking in prayer through the minefield and others who seem unconcerned about what they associate themselves with.