God Behind the Scenes

Posted in Uncategorized on July 2, 2019 by Cody Witt

We have all heard the saying, “God moves in mysterious ways.” It’s a cliche. It’s an overused phrase that encapsulates the unseen organization of events so that things will work out for the best. It couldn’t be more true.

When we read through the Old Testaments there are little snippets of information that sometimes seems rather unimportant and somewhat detached from the story. But these snippets are often demonstrating how God is organizing background events that become important to the main narrative.

There are two examples of this that I want to focus on in this post: Melchizedek and Jethro.

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What If?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4, 2018 by Cody Witt

What would happen if the church were united? What would happen if we crossed denominational lines? What would happen if we let our doctrinal differences be points of discussion and our unity in Christ be our launching point for action?

How much more of God’s light could we shine if we stopped the ridiculous bickering? How much change could be wrought if churches stopped arguing over how much water is necessary for a real baptism? How many more people could be reached if Baptists reached out with Methodists who reached out with Episcopalians?

What if we really saw each other as brothers and sisters? What if we stood together? What if we set aside our pride?

What if…?

Why Do I Believe?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 14, 2018 by Cody Witt

This is a post that I have been thinking about for quite a while. I let myself get busy and haven’t written it until now. But after someone I know recently aounced they were an athiest it brought me back to writing this post.

Where This Comes From

Like everyone else I struggle. No suprise there. But, there have been times in my life that I have honestly wanted to walk away from faith, God, the church, all of it. After times of honest contemplation about life and the implications of God vs. no God I knew that I just couldn’t. I couldn’t conceive of a world without God that would be a world worth living in. Below are the two major conclusions that kept me from walking away.

Morality

This is the main reason why I have maintained my faith. If there is no God then there can be no true morality. Right and wrong must either be upheld by a sure standard or they become arbitrary constructs dictated by the individual. If the latter is the case then right and wrong can’t actually exist.

For example, in Manson’s mind there could be no wrong in attempting to start a race war. The people he had murdered were expendable for a higher goal. The rest of society abhors such acts as wrong (to put it mildly). The world agrees that Hitler’s campaign was morally unacceptable.

If there is no divine being that is entirely good then there can be no standard by which we can call either of these atrocities wrong or even right. They are simply acts committed by individuals in a chain of acts committed by individuals throughout all time. These acts cannot be judged either good or bad.

Purpose

If there is no God then there can be no purpose. God created us, in His image, for a reason. Every person exists for a purpose. There is something they are supposed to do.

If we were the product of happenstance then life is meaningless. If we live or die it doesn’t matter. We live however long and then become nothing. We succomb to oblivion.

I can’t accept a pointless existence. It would be a burden of knowledge that would force me into the chains of depression. It would not be freedom but a bondage that I could not handle.

But there is a God and thus a purpose. There is a reason I am here. My life does matter. Tasks have been given to me to complete and contribute to a cause bigger than myself.

Conclusion

These are the two main reasons I have kept to my faith. There are many others, some experiential, some intellectual or academic. And when I consider all these reasons together I cannot escape the conclusion that there muat be a wholly righteous creator God.

I’m Sorry

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 3, 2017 by Cody Witt

I look around and I see so much pain. So much hurt. Political debates rage over Facebook turning friends against one another. Racism, harassment, and riots infest this nation. Intolerance abounds, masquerading as tolerance.

Everyone has a theory how to fix things. But there seems to be a problem with all the fixes that everybody is offering up – it is all for one’s own cause. Facts are offered to persuade. Pleas are made to bring on guilt and remorse. Forgiveness is preached (and rightly so). But there is one thing that I have yet to see happen. 

I have remained silent for too long while the debates raged on around me. I have told myself that I was trying not to stir up trouble. I have told myself that things aren’t happening to me so it’s not my problem. But the Spirit has convicted me of my sin and I can remain silent no longer. I must do what I have not seen done.

I am sorry.

I am sorry to the LGBT community for the rampant and sometimes violent bitterness with which the Church has met you.  I know that our belief systems vary on lifestyle but that kind of behavior is not what the Bible calls us to live out. The Church should be the first ones to show love. It is the very thing our whole faith is based on.

I am sorry to the Muslims. I know the fear and suspicion with which you have been met. Because you have the faith that terrorists use to excuse what they have done, you have been lumped in to a violent category to which you do not belong. I know that many of you hold to ideas of peace. I am so sorry for the horrible, racist, stereotyping that you have been subjected to. 

I am sorry to the black community. I am sorry for the oppresion you feel on your shoulders. I may not see it or understand but I do not wish to see anyone burdened in a land that sounds the trumpets of freedom. This is supposed to be a land of racial equality and I am so sorry for any times that you have not seen or experienced that.

To women who have suffered inequality I am sorry to you as well. In our culture today all should understand that women are not less than men. Women should never be looked down on and I apologize for any way in which you have been treated as less.

To all immigrants struggling for a better life for you and your family I am sorry. I am sorry that you have been wrongly blamed for so many problems in this country. I am sorry that you are seen as lesser to those who are born within these borders. You should be met with graciousness and understanding by the church.

WHY?

Some of you may be wondering why I have done this. Why have I apologized for things that seem to be distant from me? I have done this because I see a distinct lack of love and humility (which go hand in hand). I have done this because these issues are not distant from me. They are not distant from any of us. I have either closed my eyes to the hurting around me or made jokes belittling these issues and those directly affected by them.

The apostle Paul wrote love is the most important thing in life (1 Corinthians 13:1-3,13). But I have not seen this being lived out, especially by the church who should be living it out the most.  Instead of love and compassion there is bitterness and hatred, judgment and condemnation. I call my brothers and sisters in Christ to live out what God has called us to. We are here to reach out, to comfort, to love, to encourage. You don’t have to agree with the somebody’s religion, politics, lifestyle, worldview, ethics, or life choices to love them as Scripture instructs us to do.

Brothers and sisters I am pleading you to wake up and truly love.

Get Help?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 16, 2015 by Cody Witt

We are raised to help out one another.  Family,  friends,  neighbors. Sometimes even strangers.  Some help because of a sense of obligation.  Others because they get the warm fuzzies from it. Still others do it because it’s right.  But how many think about how those whom they are helping feel about it?

What does it feel like to have to be helped? Humiliating? Embarrassing? It seems that so often we serve without giving a thought to how. But how we serve can be just as important as what we do and why. Jesus served the disciples from a place of humility.

I would challenge all of us to let  that sit in our minds. It is my prayer that we all re-examine how we serve.  What are our methods for serving? Our we thinking of those whom we are serving? Are we serving in a Biblical way?

Theology in the Church

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 25, 2015 by Cody Witt

This is an idea that I have been pondering for quite a while: not enough theology is being taught in the Church. I recently led a discussion on the Law and Grace. Those in the group admitted to not really having a good understanding of the word “grace”. Now, to be fair, this was a group of mostly college students. The oldest probably 19 or 20. Yet some have grown up in the church.

This is not an isolated incident. I have attended a handful of church and I would daresay there are few who could draw out the idea of grace farther than the simple idea of “God’s undeserved favor”. But how can God’s people deepen their faith if they aren’t taught beyond the basics.

Theology, literally “the study of God”, needs to be rescued. It has been relegated tothe dusty texts of of an old library. But, to paraphrase A. W. Tozer theology should do no less than to bring the heart before the throne in worship.

Compassion

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10, 2011 by Cody Witt

Here is my first thought for this blog.  It is nothing deep or profound.  It is simply my admiration of yet one more example of Christ’s selflessness (beside the obvious one).

In Matthew chapter 14, Matthew describes the events of the death of John the Baptist.  Verses 13 and 14 read, “When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself.  But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities.  And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.”  So, here is a man who has just heard about the death of His cousin.  He goes off by Himself, most likely to mourn.  Yet when He is followed by the huge crowd of people He has compassion on them and heals them.  How amazing is that!  He doesn’t continue to try to be alone.  He heals those around Him.  He continues to serve others even though He is grieved by the loss of His cousin.

It is an awesome savior we have!