Having just completed my one-hundredth post here at blog.xpistou.com, I thought that it might do well for me to revisit my reasons for writing on this site day after day. I have written a post prior to this one entitled, “Why I Write,” and hence the name of this present post, “Why I Write Reborn.” Though I did address the same question in said prior post, it was by no mean exhaustive nor adequate. I hope that this post will better answer the question, Why do I write?
I Write To Glorify God
If you were to press me and ask what verse in all of Scripture drives my life day in and day out, I would tell you 1 Corinthians 10:31. In this well known verse, the apostle Paul writes, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all the glory of God.” In it, Paul uses the most common activities of men, viz. eating and drinking, to demonstrate that every action that we take, no matter how minute or how menial, should be an act of worship to God.
My goal, therefore, is that this blog will be an act of worship to God. I know very well that, because I am a sinful man, this site falls well short of this goal often, but nevertheless God’s glory is the bar that I set. This means by necessity that I write some things that I might should not have written and that I am inaccurate and wrong in some of the statements that I make, and for these things I must constantly turn to God by repentance. Though I do falter often in this regard, I continue to write because I am compelled to do so.
I Write Because I Love the Truth
Christ said in John 8:31, 32, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Dear friends, dear brothers and sisters, it is truth that sets men free! By the power of the Gospel through the work of the Holy Spirit, the truth of Christ’s word brings the dead to life, gives to the blind sight, the deaf hearing, and emancipates men from their bondage to sin and to death. We possess in God’s holy Scriptures such a treasure, and we need to be unabashed in its proclamation.
Now, more than ever, we need to stand upon God’s truth without wavering. We live in a culture that, despite its absurdities, denies that there can exist any objective truth and that truth is something that is conjured in the individual mind not something that exists outside of men’s minds and demands adherence. We need to be aware of this in our culture and even more so in our churches. Whether we admit it or not, this philosophy has knocked down the doors of our churches and has manifested itself in personal religions, personal saviors, and personal everything that one could imagine. Also, the Scriptures, the very source of our knowledge of God, have been watered down to nice stories and principals rather than the rock upon which we are to build our lives.
For this reason, I write according to the truth of God revealed in his Scriptures and hope that some passerby who might not have attributed to Scripture the weight of which it is worthy will, by the power of the Spirit, found his life upon it and live a life that glorifies God.
I Write Because I Love the Souls of Men
Whether you believe it or not, the truth remains that American Christianity is in dire straights. Even among evangelical churches, those who call themselves Christians are indistinguishable from the rest of the world. In the American church, divorce rates are identical to that of non-Christians, the percentage of those who have abortions are identical, the percentage of adulterers are identical, and on and on the statistics go. In addition to these atrocities, if you look at the possessions and lifestyles of those who call themselves Christians, it is quite evident that most of them love the world just as much as the world loves the world.
I point this out because of the terrifying declaration of the apostle John in his first letter:
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world (1John 2:15, 16).
In the same vein, Christ says, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money (Mt. 6:24).
Friends, you who name the name of Christ, do you love the things of the world? Do you buy nice homes and new cars so that you might take pride in them? Do you hoard up funds in your retirement plans and neglect the least of our brothers and sisters who are perishing around the globe? Do you thrive on the latest fashions or on the latest electronics? Do you place your hopes in sports teams and are devastated when they do not do well? O, beware! O, be wary of your souls! Do you not hear from the pen of the apostle and from the lips of Christ that no man can love God and the world or love God and money? I fear with all my heart that many who fill our pews in America and who cry out, “Lord, Lord!” every Sunday, will at the Judgment hear those most terrible words from our Lord: “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness” (Mt. 7:23). Let it not be you, dear friend. Let it not be you.
I Write Because I Must
Believe it or not, writing has never given me much favor among men. In fact, it has more often than not, had the opposite effect. I must confess that I know nothing of the trials which the prophet Jeremiah suffered, but I can indeed relate to his passion for proclamation. He writes,
For whenever I speak, I cry out,
…..I shout, “Violence and destruction!”
For the word of the Lord has become for me
…..a reproach and derision all day long.
If I say, “I will not mention him,
…..or speak any more in his name,”
there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
…..shut up in my bones,
and I am weary with holding it in,
…..and I cannot (Jer. 20:8, 9).
In short, I write because I am compelled to do so, and being that I am writing, in my estimations, according to the truth, I cannot think it is anyone but God who compels me. Therefore I shall continue to write until the Lord sees it fit to take my life from me.
Soli Deo Gloria,
D. Matthew Brown