In response to Daniel Thompson’s Readers’ Forum article on Dec. 6, “Christians must go forward, not hide,” I regret that Thompson altered the posture of my article.
I said, “The man of God must retreat to find peace,” but I didn’t suggest “hiding” as the title indicated.
Retreating into our closet to experience God’s presence and peace isn’t hiding.
Jesus retreated to desolate places to pray, (Luke 5:16) and Christians will acknowledge their need to do likewise in order to be sustained.
Ephesians 2:14: “Jesus himself is our peace who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.”
The negative influences and attitudes surrounding us can suffocate the human spirit. If we don’t retreat to humbly request divine reinforcement from the Holy Spirit, our flame will burn out.
Thompson also emphasized Sabbath keeping and commandment keeping as an ark of safety, but the Bible says safety is found only in Jesus – Psalm 4:8.
Many folks today do keep the letter of God’s law but neglect to keep the spirit of it. As a result, they are not safe.
Exercising sensitivity, generosity, hospitality, humility, thoughtfulness, consideration, compassion, kindness, gentleness, patience and self-control can’t be done without help from Jesus.
Without these intangibles, religion becomes pretense and our worship a solemn sham.
John 5:39-40: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; they testify about me; but you’re unwilling to come to me so that you may have life.”