I’m preparing for Emmaus Bible College’s “Iron Sharpens Iron” conference. The theme this year is ‘Training for Godliness” and I will be presenting two workshops: “Guarding and Discarding: The Keys to Sound Theology (1 Timothy 6:20-21)” and “Sanctified Hedonism: The Case for “Worldly Saints” (1 Timothy 4:1-5).”
Let’s think about the first one for the next few posts: “Guarding and Discarding: The Keys to Sound Theology (1 Timothy 6:20-21)”
Has it dawned on you that what we Christians don’t believe is almost as important as what we do believe? For example, we don’t believe in reincarnation. We don’t believe in a plurality of gods (as our Mormon friends do). We don’t believe that Jesus was really Michael the archangel (as our Jehovah’s Witness friends do). We don’t believe that every person without exception will be saved (as our Unitarian Universalist friends do). Denials are as important as affirmations, aren’t they?
(1) GUARD (2) TURN AWAY FROM
What is involved in GUARDING? We guard what is valuable to us. We protect it; we shield it; we put our own lives at risk for that object or person. When I was working my way through graduate school, I worked at night (11 pm to 7 am) as a night watchman or security guard. I had to make rounds both inside and outside the factory I was guarding. I was the only one there. I remember one wintry night (this was in NJ) making my outside round and having to go up several steps to punch my time clock to show I had actually walked around the perimeter of the building. Coming down those ice-covered steps — I don’t remember what happened then. I found myself in a pile on the concrete sidewalk. I put my life in jeopardy for a soap factory!
I also got caught a time or two asleep at my post. That did not go over well with management. Sleeping on the job — a night watchman’s job — was not cool.
We need to be vigilant in guarding what has been “entrusted” to our care. Prepared to be vigilant today? (to be continued)