Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Chaplains Corner

The Chaplains Corner

Guest blogger, Chaplain Paul, is one of the most effective chaplains in America today. He is an emergency responder to every situation.

Hey, this is the Chaplain again.

I’m not sure what brought it to mind; but I was thinking about a favorite TV shows from my childhood, “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.” Davy was one of my heroes as a young boy. I remember the actor Fess Parker using one of the few authentic quotes from Davy when he said, “Always be sure you're right, then go ahead.”

I’ve always kind of liked that idea – ‘Be sure you're right, then go ahead’ – it sounds like a good philosophy. The problem is; it sounds good, and it may be a good philosophy - but it’s bad theology. The Bible says,
“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” (Prov.14:12)
Many times we really can’t trust our own judgment. That is especially true when it comes to spiritual things. What you think is right may be completely wrong.

And then I hear people say, ‘Just let your conscience be your guide.’ Again, it sounds good, but it may take you straight to hell. Much of what we call our conscience is learned.

Now conviction is different; that comes from the Holy Spirit; but they are two entirely different things. I’m so glad God did not leave us to try and figure it out on our own. We have His Word, and His Spirit, to lead us to Himself. “Be sure you're right, then go ahead”? No! Don’t trust your feelings, or what you think is right.

Seek God’s will - and His way – by studying His Word.



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