Prayer: On July 1, 1921, C.S. Lewis wrote a letter to his brother and the topic of prayer came up. He told Warne that he stopped writing letters since the last two did not arrive. He assured his brother that he was not “tired of the job” of writing letters, but simply did “not feel disposed to go on posting into the void.” From this point, the young 22-year old Lewis (he was still at least seven years away from becoming a Christian) transitions into prayer.
He writes: “That seemed a process too like prayer for my taste . . . the trouble about God is that he is like a person who never acknowledges one’s letters and so, in time, one comes to the conclusion either that he does not exist or that you have got the wrong address” (C.S. Lewis Collected Letters—Volume I). So honest! And so refreshing. Who has not felt like this before? I know that I have. I deeply appreciate and respect anyone—especially a Christian—who has the courage to admit that not everything is always rosy.
Making a Difference in Japan: If you did not read Daily Post #28, please do. It is about our friends Richard and Yuko Brash and their children serving the Lord in Japan. Consider helping! Who doesn’t throw money away each week that could be redirected to make an eternal difference. I don’t want to stand in front of the Lord one day empty-handed.
Politics, Flags, and Worship: I walked by a car yesterday at Rouses’ and it had bumper stickers about Jesus and bumper stickers supporting Trump in 2024. Ugh. But here is a reminder: The Republican party is NOT the Christian party. Neither is the Democratic party. Both are flawed. Voting for Trump is not voting for Jesus Christ. Voting for Trump is not the same as following Jesus Christ. While each Christian must wrestle with what God wants them to do when it comes to voting, crowning one candidate and party as “Christian” and the other as something else is silly—and unbiblical. I still think that Jesus Christ can do a lot more than a particular political candidate or party. While there is nothing wrong with caring deeply and being involved in politics, Christians must keep their eyes on the Lord. This is one reason why I have always refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance or sing songs to or about America during a worship service on or around July 4th. I don’t attend a worship service to worship my country. Am I thankful to be an American? Yes! Is the red on the flag the same as the crimson on the cross? No!