Tuesday, July 03, 2007

End of Conviction

Two years ago I realized I was allowing patriotism and politics to jeopardize the place of God & His Kingdom in my life. Accordingly, I felt convicted to cease 'pledging allegiance' to any earthly nation. There were certainly days where my conviction was put to the test, but in the past month I've sensed a release from this conviction. It seems to me my priorities are now straight. I still don't think a worship service is the proper context for pledging allegiance to an earthly flag/nation, but at least now I know patriotism and political parties don't possibly have my foundational allegiance.

But this does raise the issue of 'temporary' convictions. I think seasonal convictions make a lot of sense. What do you think?

5 comments:

Jecca said...

I completely agree with seasonal convictions, and I'm kinda glad someone else can relate to this. Headcovering ended up being a seasonal (10 months) conviction for me.

jessica said...

Makes sense to me, and I think there might even be Biblical support for it. God asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, and then calls him off. We are called to be obedient, not necessarily to take one issue and beat it to death. To get our priorities straight, sometimes we are called into a period of prayer and fasting, but that is not something that is a constant expectation; rather, it is a calling for a season. Those are my thoughts, anyway :)

matthew said...

I agree, thanks to both of you for sharing your thoughts. Are there any other Jessica's with something to say? :)

Dena said...

I'm not a jessica, but I have thoughts. I agree that we can have convictions or calling that are only meaant for a certain season. I agree there seems to be Biblical support as well. But I also think that sometimes people "cop out" of a conviction that was meant to last, saying they were relased of it. I'm not all at saying that is the case here, but I have seen people with very strong convictions who are then faced with a challenging situation and claimed God released them of their obligation/calling/conviction/etc. Sometimes it's tough to decide if you've been relased or are just looking for a way out. But, yes, I do think a seasonal conviction is quite possible.

matthew said...

and i agree with that as well. good comment dena!