Over the years the Christian’s vocabulary seems to have lost a number of words from its dictionary of Biblical expressions. For example the phrase “Are you born again?” has evolved into “Are you saved?” and finally into a more general term, “Are you a Believer?” It seems that the purpose of alleviating certain words is so we don’t offend or judge the hearer. After all we don’t want to be too religious or preachy in our conversations. The phrase, “We are all sinners” has been replaced with “We all make mistakes,” then “It’s just a flaw in my nature,” and finally arriving at the fact, “We are just human.” There are many other examples of Biblical words that have been altered so as to appeal to those who exercise liberal interpretation of God’ Word.
The world is changing by the minute. New innovations arrive with such alarming speeds that if one does not jump on the “bullet train,” he will be left at the station. If people don’t get the latest gadgets they feel they can’t relate with their peers. Teenagers have to have the best clothes and electronics or experience ridicule from their classmates. Tornados of change have uprooted so many countries. Hurricanes of political change have assaulted The Constitution with such fervor that the bell of freedom has grown softer and softer. The secular world is continuing to evolve into a godless planet of human anarchy. NEVERTHELESS!!!!
Sadly, the Church is following the same direction in its attempt to be more relevant to an irrelevant world. I have written many blogs on the status of the Church, but to many these articles have been dismissed as simply a personal opinion. Maybe it is, but I believe there is some validity to what has been written. NEVERTHELESS!!!!
“Nevertheless” is another Biblical word that has disappeared from the Believers’ vocabulary. Its definition is, “moreover, besides, rather, and yet.” Jesus used this word five times. The most recognizable time was in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus struggled between His human and divine natures when facing the reality of the cross. For a flashing moment, Jesus wondered if His earthly mission could be achieved through other means. Instantly He nullified that thought with, “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” (Matthew 26:29, Mark 14:36, Luke 22:42) When I look at this country and its self-destructing mode, I want to look upward hoping the second coming of Jesus is near, but I quickly say, “Nevertheless, it is not what I want, but that His will be done.” Jesus will return, but until He does I want to witness what God is doing in our country and the world before He sends His Son. I do not believe God will snatch (rapture) away His Church just when the battle between good and evil reaches a critical period. So many Christians search the Scriptures for an “escape clause” instead of finding the Scriptures that embolden them to oppose Satan’s kingdom. The world is full of conflict and I wish God would visibly intervene; NEVERTHELESS, it is not my will but as He wills.”
Peter used this word in polite submission when Jesus told him to launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” Peter told Him that they had fished all night and caught nothing, “Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:4, 5) How many Believers today respond to the reality of life’s challenges with only a token response to Jesus’ command to obey His Word? When will we stand up in full view of the chaos in this world and say, NEVERTHELESS, IT IS NOT WHAT I SEE AND FEEL THAT DETERMINES MY ACTIONS, BUT WHAT JESUS SAYS?!!!