Free at last

Foster_Bible_Pictures_0003-1The Old Fool has been fascinated by the Bible ever since his mother read Foster’s Bible Picture Book while she held him on her lap. It does not matter so much any more to him that it is said to be the inspired Word of God. He only seeks its wisdom.

For the past several blogs the Old Fool has been pouring over two phrases of Romans 12:2   1) Be not conformed to the world, and 2,) but be transformed. Is there more to be learned from the metaphor of larvae becoming butterflies? How can a human being  squeezed by the world be liberated and become as free as a butterfly?

einstinIn this blog the Old Fool invites you to think with him about the instrument of transformation: 3) by the renewing of your mind.  Leave behind the metaphor of transformation of worm to butterfly and ponder how a proud, greedy, gun-toting, self-absorbed and self sufficient human being can be transformed into a right-thinking, right-acting, neighbor to all and world-loving human do-gooder.

A political commentator reported on the radio that Republican politicians are rethinking the way they talk publicly about social issues. The mood of the populace appears to be moderating on such issues and like all politicians, republicans want to win the next election. A new strategy may be in order. Rethinking is often appropriate and may be required to succeed in any worldly enterprise.

melodyRethinking is not the renewal of the mind urged on humanity in Romans 12:2.As a child I used to sing along with other children in Sunday School this simple, sincere lyric:

Into my heart,
Into my heart,
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.
Come in today, come in to stay,
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.

Having Jesus in your heart may save you, but that is not enough for you to be what you were made to be.  Another simple song comes closer to the intent of the gospel message. It’s lyric is:

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.
All his wonderful passion and purity.
O thou Spirit divine,
All my nature refine,
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.

(Listen to the melody and see visuals of his message by clicking on this link.)  As beautiful and well-meaning as this song is, it falls short. It is only, only a prayer.  A prayer is not enough to save the world. Hear a perfect prayer.  If a prayer could feed the hungry of this world, and meet the other needs of the world, and thus save it, this prayer would have done it. And here is more to ponder – Jesus can’t save the world alone.

cooperation

Cooperation is the Key

If he could have saved the world by himself, he would have done it. Instead he called twelve disciples and sent them out to teach others to be like him, and thus save the world.

Here is the process for us to be free and save the world.  The heart informs the mind; the mind comprehends the need, and wills to do what Jesus did.  What did Jesus do?  He went about doing good, so much good that his enemies accused him of being a friend of sinners, so friendly that he ate with them.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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