A New Suit or a New Man?

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

  • 2 Corinthian 5:16-17

“The world says that all we need to do is be decent, respectable, and reasonable.  True, that is all one needs to do to be a member of the Great Society, but to be a member of the Kingdom of God, there must be an inner change.  A Communist in Hyde Park, London, pointed to a tramp and said, ‘Communism will put a new suit on that man.’  A Christian standing nearby said, ‘Yes, but Christ will put a new man in that suit!’”

  • Billy Graham, Day by Day with Billy Graham (May 31)

As for the Communist in Billy Graham’s story, he was a typical politician – lying.  In looking at Russia, China, and a few other communist countries, the privileges go to upper party members and the wealth to the elite and the tramp gets the privilege of starving to death a bit quicker due to the lack of food.

Many have written that the protestors, and all people in general, need Jesus in their hearts.  Their anxiety levels will diminish, and the injustices will be given a response of Grace and forgiveness.  Are there reasons to protest and are there things that need to be fixed?  Yes, sadly there are, but the inevitable splinter groups that use the confusion of the moment and the powder keg of emotions that protests bring… They use that to create a violent situation, destroying property, injuring people, and looting stores.

I grew up in the 50s and 60s.  Martin Luther King called for non-violent protests, but the news each night showed the violence, with a few seconds of King and his friends walking peacefully arm in arm.  While a peaceful protest organized, the evil underbelly of society has already organized their brand of “protest.”

Yet, this post should be about the Christian’s response to the Communist, and the inadequacies of the membership requirements in the Great Society.

The Great Society eliminates God altogether.  Modern secularism has become its own religion.  It hangs on to evolution that is more of a matter of religious belief than Creation, in that it has been disproven, over and over again.  The Big Bang could have been God speaking the universe into existence, but the assumptions of the timing are wrong.  Our children are taught in school of dinosaurs that lived millions of years ago, but did they?  Is that timing off also since fossil records have been dated with incorrect dating processes?

What God wants is for us to want Him, after all, He created everything, including our DNA.  But as R. C. Sproul said, without regeneration (the Holy Spirit convicting us of our sins), we run away from God.  Our natural reaction is to do as Adam and Eve did – hide.  Some hide in the church pews, convincing themselves that they are too good to be condemned.  The point is that even the desire to seek God is a gift from God.  We need to respond to that gift by seeking Him, not just desiring to do so.

And in finding God, the One that was not lost in the first place, we become new creatures.  In trusting Jesus with every fiber of our bodies, the problems of this world fade.  They are still there, but with our eyes on Jesus, the problems matter less.

There is an expression “Mind over Matter.”  Oxford Language says that the expression means “the use of willpower to overcome physical problems.”  In true Army fashion (the right way, the wrong way, and the Army way), the sergeant would tell the men when they grumbled, “It’s a case of mind over matter, gentlemen.  I don’t mind, and you don’t matter.”  Cruel, but it let the men (now men and women) know that grumbling would not serve any useful purpose.

But in a Christian view, it is not a case of mind over matter, unless you consider that our minds are focused on God and God matters.  For in the end, it will always be a case of God over matter, God over the mind, and God over anything not covered by mind or matter, if there is such “stuff.”

So, the Communist lied.  The tramp would never see a new suit.  The Christian spoke the truth.  A new man in an old suit has power within him that no government can match or conquer.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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