Not of This World

10 May

Bulls and CowsWhat do you call a sleeping bull? A bulldozer.

What do you call a grumpy cow? Moooo-dy.

A bunch of cows and bulls are standing in a field. A huge gust of wind comes along and all the cows fall over, but the bulls just stand there, bracing themselves against the gale. All the cows stand up and go back to their chewing. Pretty soon, an even stronger wind blows through and all of the cows are knocked to the ground, but the bulls just munch on the grass. Next, a bona fide tornado comes through and all the cows are knocked clean into the next pasture. The bulls just say, “Mooo…”

Finally, one of the cows walks up to one of the bulls and says, “Moo? Is that all you can say? How come the wind always knocks us right over and you just stand there?”

“Isn’t it obvious?” the bull replies. “We bulls wobble, but we don’t fall down.” *

(Do you remember the commercial from the 1980s ~  “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down”? You have to remember Weebles, to understand that last joke.)

My (Dawn’s) friend Bill Carlson recently shared a quote on Facebook by Dennis Wholey that made me think:  “Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good,” Wholey said, “is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.”

The point is, bulls will be bulls.

A few weeks ago, I watched a television program about some teenage girls bullying a religious girl. They thought she was weird. They didn’t “get” her. They mocked her and pointed fingers and spread gossip about her. I remember going through something like that myself. I kept thinking, That’s not fair!

Now that I’m older, I understand. People in the world are going to act like people in the world ~ worldly. Christians can’t expect the world to understand them.

We have two different worldviews, and we answer the basic questions in life from those different perspectives:

  • Who am I? The world says we are accidents of evolution, evolved from monkeys. Christians (who believe the Bible) say we are created by God and on earth for a specific purpose. (Genesis 2:7, 18-11; Ephesians 2:10; John 15:8)
  • Where am I? The world says we are on earth, which resulted from an accident (The Big Bang). Christians say we are on earth which was created by God, along with the universe. (Genesis 1)
  • Where am I going? The world has many ideas ~ perhaps nowhere, or into a soul sleep, or to a place of temporary punishment, or to be reincarnated to return as something or someone else, or ???? Christians say people’s destination is based on their response to the gospel message ~ what Jesus has done to save us from our sins and give us eternal life (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; John 3:16-18)
  • What’s the main problem in life? The world points to economic problems, social dysfunction, lack of education, etc., as the reason for people’s bad behavior, frustration, and despair. Christians point to sin and a broken relationship with God as the source of man’s problems.
  • What is the solution for that problem? The world says problems can be fixed by throwing around more money, making sure everyone is educated, teaching people to think according to social mores, etc. Christians say only Jesus can help us, because His sacrifice from sin and resurrection from the dead makes a way for man to be restored to and connected with God once again.

Jesus warned that the world, which can’t tolerate the Christian worldview, will hate and even persecute those who follow Him (John 15:17-21), especially in the End Times (Matthew 24:8-14). Most of us in the West haven’t faced that kind of persecution, but it is intense in other parts of the world.

We are different ~ set apart. We are in the world, but not of the world (John 17:4), as a Christian apparel company, Not Of This World, reminds us. We are members of Christ’s kingdom (John 18:36; Philippians 3:20), citizens of heaven (Titus 3:7), and our focus should be there (1 Peter 5:10). Our hope is in God and the eternal life He gives (Philippians 3:8-14; 1 Peter 1:6-9). What we do should count for eternity.

As a young mom, I sang an old song by Albert E. Brumley “This World Is Not My Home” ~Angels at Heaven's Door I grew up knowing Christians aren’t supposed to feel too comfortable here.

“We’re just passing through,” one of my pastors said. “We’re headed to Heaven, so let’s live like it.”

A worldview based on the truth of the Word of God, plus joy in the hope of your Savior (Romans 5:2; Habakkuk 3:18) will help you stand against the enemy’s “bull-ying” in the days ahead.

So let’s stand strong and encourage one another, Friends!

* http://cleanjokes.planetcabinet.com/articles/201008120000.html;  http://www.basicjokes.com/djoke.php?id=2001;  http://www.basicjokes.com/djoke.php?id=1103

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