In this episode of I Believe podcast, I wish to reach out again to each of you honest truth-seekers, to those perusing this thinking perhaps life is haphazard, senseless, uncertain, random or humanly-willed, or that God, if He exists at all, is capricious or malicious or a distant ethereal, amorphous blob.
I also hope to speak to those who have a list of unanswered spiritual questions tethered from real in-the-trenches life experiences. I can’t stop thinking about you.
You may refer to yourself as agnostic, spiritually un-affiliated, spiritual but a-religious, or atheistic. You may presently be a witch or a wanderer; a dabbler in Eastern or Western religions, a pagan, a guru, a monk, a pantheist or pan-antheist, a lonely pilgrim, a pariah, an isolated confused college student, a disaffected baby boomer, a Church-going Lutheran or Catholic or Presbyterian or Evangelical without deep conviction, a convict at the end of yourself.
This is for you. I’m here because I care, because God cares, and because this matters eternally. I’m here, too, because I was there, where some of you now are.
Yes, I know what it’s like to be lost, to feel like a pilgrim, wandering and distant from all that life has to offer, an orphan to life’s family and spin. I know what it’s like to want to escape it all, even life itself.
“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Old Testament: Psalm 11: 3).
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find” (New Testament: Matthew 7:7).
“I may, I suppose, regard myself, or pass for being, a relatively successful man. People occasionally stare at me in the streets–that’s fame. I can fairly easily earn enough to qualify for admission to the higher slopes of the Internal Revenue –that’s success. Furnished with money and a little fame even the elderly may partake of trendy diversions–that’s pleasure. It might happen that something I said or wrote was sufficiently heeded for me to persuade myself that it represented a serious impact on our time–that’s fulfillment. Yet I say to you–and I beg you to believe me–multiply these tiny triumphs by a million, add them all together, and they are nothing–less than nothing, a positive impediment–measured against one draught of that living water Christ offers to the spiritually thirsty, irrespective of who or what they are” (Malcolm Muggeridge).
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