Summary: Knowing your place,position, and stand as a child of God
The United States of America is a very diverse and well-educated country. There are more institutions of higher learning in America than anywhere. Yet, in spite of the vast number of schools and colleges, some Americans still do not meet the intellectual standards of the rest of the nation. They do not meet these intellectual standards because they have not applied what was taught to them. Intellect is more than the ability to know a large amount of information. Intellect is also the ability to apply that information you know for the intended purpose. Nevertheless, one disturbing fact is clear concerning America spiritually as a people and a nation. Although, we invest our time, energy, and money into our religion and personal beliefs, the average church member has no personal knowledge of God other than what has been told to them on Sunday morning. The fact is we are surprisingly spiritually illiterate.
The reason for this lack of spiritual intellect could be as the children of El Elyon, the most high God; we do not have much of a dialogue with God. Moses and Elijah had dialogue with God in a visible and audible form. However, all we have are the common memorizes prayers and our visits to our church buildings. Nevertheless, the real underlying cause of our spiritual illiteracy is in our comprehension and understanding of what the Scriptures has to say to us as present day Christians. Realistically, since each person comprehends what they hear, see and read differently from the next person, it is hard for our pastors, teachers and preachers to get all of the congregation to comprehend and understand what is being communicated from God. Communication is not just what is being said; communication is also what is being comprehended and understood by the listener.
However, in order to hear, comprehend and understand what the Spirit of God is saying to the church God calls the body of Christ, we must hear from the Scriptures our place, position, and stand as the children of El Elyon, the most high God. By not knowing these things, we have developed into a nation that is still struggling with knowing whose we are. This question is constantly being asked in our music, our books, and television programs we watch. In America, we classify ourselves by our race, our income, our political affiliations, and our religious denomination. In America, we never know whom we will see in the mirrors of reality because we are obsessed with changing reality and ourselves.
We tend to measure or identify ourselves according to our success, our friends, and our degrees. In our society, our self worth is tied to our stock portfolios, our trips to exotic locations, and investments in our personal properties. Shamefully, we have allowed ourselves to be fooled into thinking that is what life is all about; we have been told that what counts the most is how many toys and how much joys of life you have before you die. Moreover, this same lie has found its way into our homes. In our homes, we define ourselves according to the things we purchase because some voice on the radio or television told us and because the newspaper gave us a so-called coupon to use. Oprah, Dr. Phil, among many others tells us how we should feel, act, and think because we think we can not think for ourselves. In our homes, Neuman Marcus, Vanity Fair, or the latest Cover Girl models tell us how much we should weigh, eat and drink. Sadly we listen and we do.