Wisdom Truly Far More Valuable Than Rubies
“For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it” Proverbs 8:11.
It was another Sunday on July 27, 2014, another sacred day of the week. The day Christian faithfuls belief they get to reassure God they are still His’ by coming into His sanctuary; His presence, for worship and all the religious hubbub associated with it. But, since I am a proud “recovering Christian” or better yet, a “Churchless Christian” I wasn't there with them. Instead, I was out with my kids at the park, even though it was a hot summer day. While they were playing, I decided to flip through the day’s news and I stumbled unto a CNN twitter news alert, saying: “Suicide bomber kills at least 5 people at church in Kano, Nigeria, local resident says”.
Now, for those who might not know, Kano is a city in Northern Nigeria and is at the center of the area the terrorist organization Boko Haram ( translated, "Western education is a sin”) have been unleashing mayhem for years now. Targeting Christians, government and western interests in general. With this twitter news alert came readers comments. This particular one cut my attention and got me thinking: “Lord have mercy…”.
Really? What kind of mercy? Pull us out of any bomb situation alive? Or physically stop us from attending Church service any day suicide bombers will hit the sanctuary? Or has He actually done all He had to do by given us the ability to reason and apply wisdom in all situations? I guess the later is what He can do and have done. It is left for faithfuls to apply wisdom, which the bible itself said is truly far more valuable than rubies.
Meaning, when in a troubled environment, when the possibility that the enemies will strike there, retreat. Head underground; it was the early Christian movement style anyway. Worship Him in your closet and be safe. Don't sheepishly stick to the doctrine of “Do not forsake the gathering of saints” even when such gatherings could result to many avoidable deaths. It never makes any more saintly than they are, or not.
Presenting yourself for slaughter every Sunday, only puts more money into the pockets of those running the Church you attend and doesn't present you anymore worthy before God. Though we desire to be present in His sanctuary because indoctrination thought us so; though it is what church leaders will want of us to always do to be in good standing, but like proverbs 8:11 says, wisdom is better than all that.
Know this, God has had all the mercy He can on us and its crazy to continue to ask for His mercy, when we have the opportunity to apply simple wisdom in our faith and belief in Him.