Our world is a beautiful, complex, and amazing place through which God speaks to us. The Psalmist recognized this when he wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork.” Psalms 19:1. This message is repeated and amplified in other Biblical texts. We also express this idea whenever we sing in part some of the thoughts of Psalm 148. Even entertainers like Louis Armstrong recognize this truth at some level when he sings “I see skies of blue…and I say to myself, what a wonderful world.”
Each June for the last 20 years Bootheel Youth Camp has been a part of my family’s summer. Jill and I began as counselors and our children as campers. It is a big part of our lives each year. Both of our children were baptized into Christ there in the swimming pool. They now serve as workers every summer. To say that BYC means a lot to us as a family is a major understatement.
A famous politician once told his two sons, “Boys, always be as good (morally) as people think you are.” Upon a quick examination of this quote you may think it is good advice, but what if society accepts certain things God does not? Is it possible to look good in the eyes of people while looking poor in the eyes of God? Absolutely, in the same vein, it is possible to look good in the eyes of God though people may view you as odd or even crazy at times. We must recognize the old cliche “keeping up with the Joneses” could not be further from the truth. How the world views us does not set our standards nor does it determine our spiritual destination. Our moral standards stem from a higher and divine being, God. We have examples all throughout the Scriptures of both people who looked good in the eyes of the world but poorly in the eyes of God, as well as people who looked good in the eyes of God even though they looked strange in the eyes of the world.
Some people are fascinated by seemingly unknown things or unexplained things and so they search for answers.