Speak the Truth in Love {An Apologetics Post}

Meditating on Psalm 132.

Lord, remember David
And all his afflictions;
2 How he swore to the Lord,
And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3 “Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house,
Or go up to the comfort of my bed;
4 I will not give sleep to my eyes
Or slumber to my eyelids,
5 Until I find a place for the Lord,
A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.” (vv. 1-5)

Psalm 132 talks about David’s desire to build a house of the Lord. This dream was realized in the reign of his son, King Solomon. But even during the dedication of the temple, Solomon acknowledged that: “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!” (1 Kings 8:27)

The temple was dedicated to be a house of prayer. There, Solomon placed the ark of the covenant of the Lord and nothing more. There were no images graven by hands in the likeness of men, women, or “any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Ex. 20:4).

But the Catholic religion built churches and stuffed them with icons and graven images of the Lord Jesus and the early apostles and saints. They enshrine these images, put them in generously-embellished carrozas (floats), and parade them in lavish processions. The devotees offer sacrifices to these bedecked images; they worship them. Even in their homes, they build groves and shrines for Mama Mary. They had made her their god.

This is a timely post because just this week, prior to writing this, I had to heed the call to “speak the truth in love” to a friend. They inaugurated a guesthouse and she showed the photos on FB. I wanted to like the photos but one thing stopped me: in the front yard is a big glass shrine of “Mama Mary” adorned in gold clothing and crown. I searched my heart and listened to the Lord’s guidance on what I must do. I didn’t want to offend my friend by ignoring her post. So I sent her a private message telling her how neat and comfortable their guesthouse looks. But I also needed to tell her about the shrine being a drawback to born-again Christians, then I quoted two verses about the vanity of idols.

God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. (Acts 17:24-25)

The Bible says that those who are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ and born of the Spirit are the temples of the living God. The Lord dwells in their hearts.

And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” (2 Cor. 6:16)

(Photo courtesy of JMCIM sister in Christ).

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  1. I’m glad you had the courage to tell your friend the truth in love. Maybe it will stir something in her heart and lead her to a love relationship with her Lord Jesus Christ.

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