What The OL Means To Me
''It is solid teaching on an almost daily basis. . .''
Monday, October 24, 2011
Warren L. Bowdoin
I discovered the OL in the midst of a desire to really understand what was going on in the world. Actually, it was in response to prayers that God led me to several places. The OL wasn’t the first.
There were the doom and gloom sites. I still visit them but I see no power in the doom and gloom sites. They confess themselves to be Christians, and I don’t doubt they are, but all of the focus is on calamity for the sake of preparing for calamity. Preparing for calamity isn’t something I see God calling me to do.
Then there were the conspiracy sites. Again, many of them confess themselves as Christians but they deny God any power over these conspiracies. I didn’t get that. I also didn’t get the “everything is a conspiracy” mentality and I got a bit fed up when I realized many of them blame the Jews for every conspiracy. Not all, but many. I still visit some of the better of those sites as well.
Then through a link to the OL on one of those sites, I discovered someone who was preaching what I already believed and firmed up many of truths I was shaky on.
I had been praying that God would make me real.
What do I mean by real? Well, first, I don’t have a kind, tender voice. Whenever I find myself fired up, whether good or bad, the voice that comes out is fierce and strong and passionate but it isn’t … fatherly. So many Christians it seems have radio voices, soft, commanding, fatherly voices. I didn’t get that gift. I think perhaps Moses and I have that much in common.
Also, by real I mean, not a Sunday Christian. Look, it is quite obvious to anyone that cares to look at the statistics that Churchianity isn’t helping anyone. We go to church on Sunday but the rest of the week, we look and behave pretty much like the rest of the world. Everyone knows this, but like our local radio personality says “it doesn’t translate into change; do we really need another bible seminar?”. No, we don’t. We need real Christians. I had been, and am still, asking God to change me, but I ask humbly that those changes would make me more real, more like His Son.
That is what the OL has become to me. When Jack covers conspiracies, it isn’t to give credence to the conspiracies but rather to focus God's Word on them. When Jack covers current events it isn’t about the doom and gloom (which is real enough) but rather the focus is on The One in whom we have our hope.
And when he covers doctrine, it isn’t his doctrine that he’s pushing. He uses clear and concise explanations from the Word of God using the Word of God. The focus is laser like. Often times, I’ve logged in to read a direct answer to prayer or I’ve seen others affected the same way.
Now we have 5 others who write columns and every one of them touches the heart in a different way.
What is the OL to me? It is solid teaching on an almost daily basis. It is a timely focus on the times as they pertain to Christ and His people. Lastly, it is a fellowship that many of us just don’t have in real life.
I think this is because here, in the OL forums, we can be real. We can be the messed up, blood bought, born again people that God called us to be and we find people that are just like we are.
And THAT is something difficult to find in the real world any more.
Congratulations on 10 years.
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