Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)
To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. (Titus 1:15)
Whoever seeks good finds good will, but evil comes to one who searches for it. (Proverbs 11:27)
What you see is a function of who you are, up to and including the fact that the pure in heart will see God. And “seeing God” is not set at some future date. The pure in heart will see God now. They will see God in the things that he has made; they will see God in the faces of those in His image; they will see God in the good that people try to do; they will see God in the love that people have for one another.
The argument that the world is bad and getting worse is a popular one among Christians today. It’s a perspective that has been exploited by some churches and Christian organizations bent on using fear as a motivator for involvement, fundraising, and even political action.
It’s a powerful argument because it’s true. The argument that the world is bad and getting worse is true because it is self-fulfilling. If that’s the way you believe the world to be, it will cooperate with you. The scripture even says that if you look for evil, evil will come to you.
But the converse is also true, that if you are looking for good, you will find that, too, and if you are pure in heart, you will be seeing God everywhere.
So which is it? Which world do you want to live in? Is it time for the Gospel of Welcome or the Gospel of Doom and Gloom?
It’s up to you and me.
Keep your heart pure and look for good, and you will find God at work in the world. Fear the worst, look for evil, and you will not only find it, it will find you.
Fearing the worst may be a good way to raise money, but it’s a rotten way to live. Be a part of change. Be a part of God’s will and work in the world. Look for God, and look for good, and be rewarded with finding both.
This is my Father’s world
He shines in all that’s fair.
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass
He speaks to me everywhere.
Postscript: Much to the delight of Los Angeles Angels fans like myself, the Oakland Athletics, who have led the Western Division of the American League all season, have gone through a major collapse in the last few weeks to where they now trail the Angels by eight games. Just a few short weeks ago, it was the other way around. In the midst of a critical 4-game series with the Angels, after the A’s had lost the first two games, their manager called a special meeting and among other things, it was reported he called their play, “pathetic.” Well, I guess his players have gone on to prove him right. So goes the power of perception.