October 22, 2011

CARDBOARD GODS

Two Sundays ago I was with Pastor Kyle Fannin, of the Bluegrass Baptist Church in Georgetown, Kentucky. We had a wonderful time with this three-year-old church. Pastor Fannin is a highly motivated young man with a vision for reaching the world for Jesus Christ, which is one reason he hosted a Regional, International Conference on World Evangelism. I am confident that God is going to greatly use him.
This past Sunday, I was with another of our preachers from FBT, Pastor Matt Walker. He started the College Park Baptist Church in Cary, N.C. about eight years ago, and I had the joy of being with them as they had their first service in their new building! What a blessing! His church is located in a strategic area between Raleigh and Durham in the Research Triangle. I look forward to seeing what the Lord is going to do there.
Sitting next to me (on a plane going somewhere!) is a man reading a book that caught my attention, as I always try to see the title of books people are reading. It was a thick book called, Cardboard Gods. My mind immediately took off trying to think of what it could have included: money, materialism, job, house, stocks, education, status, etc.
Then I thought in the religious realm it could also have been the title of what is presently called the “Progressive Movement.” In my mind there is no question that someday these people will realize that they have been chasing after a “cardboard god” who really wasn’t the God of the Bible. Pastor Walker told me of a church in his area where one of the leaders told him that at least half of their congregation of 3500 is unsaved.
When God is presented as loving Rock music, different Bibles, immodest clothing, dance, movies, social drinking, and overall unholy living, you no longer have the God of our Bible but rather, I believe, a ‘cardboard god’ who cannot offer eternal life or joy (I Peter 1:8). When God said, “Neither is there salvation in any other…” (Acts 4:12), I think He is letting us know that there are plenty of false gods and idols out there seeking our attention and allegiance, and He doesn’t look favorable when we seek after these other gods: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).
Let us sure up the foundation and stay true to the only true God Who is holy, longsuffering, merciful, and faithful (among many other things!). When the winds of persecution or suffering comes, I am sure the ‘cardboard gods’ will cave in and collapse. This should also motivate us to try to reach out to these people as well.
God is Good!