One of my closest friends has told me that I am the most positive person she knows. It is not because I have had an easy life. Nor is it because I have lived a stellar Christian life. There are many times I have strayed from the narrow path. It is merely because I believe in a God who is great enough that he can take even my mistakes and turn them into something good through the redemption born from the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ.
Yesterday I was surfing through the channels on TV. I hardly ever watch TV but I stopped on a Christian channel and watched a well known preacher for a minute. He was saying that we all needed to think positive thoughts. He indicated that we as humans have the power to create good through our thinking pattern. That is a load of hogwash.
This was being preached in a church which attracts a large amount of blind and dumb sheep. I only watched for a minute but within that minute I got the feeling that he was inciting people to have faith in themselves, not God.
It does not matter how positive you think if you have stage four cancer. You are going to die no matter how positive you think. The only thing which can sustain your life is faith in the healing blood of Jesus and if God chooses to heal you, you will be healed.
You will not make a million dollars by thinking positively. Positive thinking can accentuate your potential for success but it takes hard work and determination to become a millionaire.
You will not meet prince charming by thinking he is going to notice you the minute you walk into the room. You meet prince charming by kissing a lot of frogs and one day you realize that one of them has magically turned into a prince.
The whole idea of a church being used to propagate this insanity just blows me away. The fact that this preacher has so many followers makes me wonder about the collective intelligence in the Christian community. The IQ level of these people and their actual knowledge of the Bible is lacking.
It sickens me that a place which is meant for worship of our Almighty God is being used to create a self absorbing, self love atmosphere where the measure of your faith is how many material possessions you can name and claim. Believe me that is NOT where peace and contentment lies.
It is also not where the highest form of positive thinking is found. The most divine place to be in this life can be found in Psalm 91:
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Hmmm, I don’t see any mention of positive thinking…