For bodily exercise profiteth little….”
–1 Timothy 4:8 (KJV)
I’ve heard that Scripture used several times by folk that do not relish the thought of exercising. It doesn’t profit the individual all that much. Now, that is really not the case for it does indeed help the physical body, and can also help the mental attitude and emotional makeup of an individual.
However, we really must exercise for the spiritual person as well. I read the following the other day, “We must run from Satan, and walk with God.” The difference is that physical exercise is for the natural man, for the temporal life. It is then important that we look at the rest of the passage.
“For physical training is of some value, but godliness (spiritual training) is of value in everything and in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and for the life to come.” (Amplified)
“When we become so tolerant that we lead people into mental fog and spiritual darkness, we are not acting like Christians–we are acting like cowards!”
Listen, there is a great difference between being charitable and being tolerant. A Christian must be charitable toward all people, but they must never be tolerant of their sin. The same is true of truth. There is only one Truth; Jesus is the truth. It is not Jesus and other philosophies. Science and philosophy cannot add to Christ. In fact, Tozer points out, that the true bigots are those involved in science and philosophy.
One other word–Jesus meant what He said. When He said, “I am the way,” He meant it. He did not mean that He was one of the ways, but exactly what He said. When He said, “I am the truth,” He meant it. Yet in our weakened, but enlightened mind we compromise Him so much. It is imperative that we listen to Him “if our discipleship is to be genuine and consistent.”
You can call this an oxymoron or conundrum, whatever fits your vocabulary. To this ol’ fence post it is just plain old CS. CS is the opposite of PC. Ok, ok, CS means common sense. But think through the following:
“Don’t do nothin’ too much.”
Too much of anything might not be a good thing, but too much of doing nothing is disastrous. We are a people that are to be “doing”, however, there are times to take a break; maybe enjoy a piece of pie and cup of coffee. But in doing that we are doing.
Problem is that there are many a folk out there that practice that just a little too much. They go about, or sit about, doing nothin’. There are names for them from the Bible; names such as: sloth, sluggard, and in newer version slacker. Beware of those people.