Roots, how important are they?
I woke up this morning at 3:33. The number three stands for trinity, it is the number of God. This led me to my subject today: Roots. What are our roots, where do we come from?
We are body, soul and spirit. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God created mankind, He made us man and woman and out of that union comes a child. Three, in God’s economy a beautiful number.
As I lay there, I began to meditate on last night’s experience. The church is having Vacation Bible School this week for the children. They are brought to church where they are taught that God created them, that He loves them, that they are special and He has a good plan for their lives. I noticed that there were children of many ethnicities there. How wonderful, how delightful and how unique each child is.
Some children are outgoing, energetic and fun-loving, others are quiet and observant. Some children love to raise their hand to answer every question and others never make a move, afraid they will be called on to answer a question. There are children who are taller than others of the same age, or one may be more “fluffy” than another, but they all are learning how to live, how to be a person ever moving toward being an adult.
My friend, Jeri, has struggled with weight all of her life, as we were talking one day she told me that she decided to agree with something she had read; she decided to call herself “fluffy” not fat. Somehow that helped ease the condemnation she felt.
There are many reasons why people are unhappy with themselves or others. One very good reason is that some of us are taught to hate when we are very little people. Rejection is perhaps one of the biggest issues that most of us face. Some of us don’t feel we measure up to someone’s standards of perfection and so we hate ourselves and cannot come to the place of acceptance and peace with who we are.
There are others who hate people who are different in some way than they are, perhaps it is the color of skin, religion or some other prejudice. I recall a song from “The Mikado” about children being taught to hate. “You have to be taught, you have to be carefully taught.” There are organizations whose whole base is hate, they teach their children to hate, perpetuating the work of the adversary of God.
Acceptance of ourselves as we are and acceptance of each other is necessary, mandatory, if we are to be like our Father in Heaven. He loves and we must love; love the person God created, in spite of “flaws” that may be obvious to our eyes, or the eyes of someone else.
I think it must be said that blind acceptance of what is sin in God’s eyes, taught as tolerance, is not what God teaches in His Word. God hates sin because it separates us from Him. He loves family and like any good father He wants to be with His kids. God’s Spirit is always reaching out to draw us closer to Him in order that we might be forgiven and be in relationship with our Father. God convicts never condemns His children.
Are we not all flawed in one way or another? After all, we live in a fallen world; there is no Utopia anywhere on earth, and there has only been one perfect person that ever lived on planet Earth, the God-man, Yeshua.
The theme for this year’s VBS is Norway: a fishing village. Since I am Scandinavian by my roots, I thought it would be an especially unique time. Well, it was, but not as I thought it would be. I was looking for teaching about the roots of the Norwegian people, but it was about modern Norway.
I think that understanding where we came from is a major part of coming into relationship with each other. Children need to be taught their roots, naturally and spiritually and if we have come to adulthood and don’t know where our ancestry came from then perhaps we need to search it out.
Today there are many interested in genealogy, the search for your roots. Sources abound where you can find out about your ancestry.
I recall a series on the local PBS TV station called “Roots”, I believe by Alex Haley. According to some this was not an accurate picture of slave trade to Europe and America, it was said that slave trade went on in Africa years before the Europeans showed up.
I am reminded of Englishman John Newton who wrote the song “Amazing Grace” and his part as a slave trader in destroying many African people before he came to faith in God. People capturing and using people, selling people, is not new. It proves that there is evil in the world and it accentuates the goodness and love of God.
There is a certain amount of pride that comes with identifying with an ethnic group. My husband is 100% Norwegian by background and his family is proud of it. But, it is finding ourselves in the family of God that changes our life and makes us contributing members of society.
We can find our family origin, our roots. We can find our place in history and still not find ourselves and our part in the world in which we live. God created man. Our original roots are in Him. He is the designer, the manufacturer and when the product needed to be recalled, redeemed, He came to earth as the God-man, Yeshua from the town of Nazareth in Israel to do the job.
Apart from God you are defective. Come to God through Yeshua (Jesus), He is the manufacturers representative. He is The Way. You will find your roots in Him and you will grow up to be the man or woman of God that Father planned for from the beginning. The way is open to whoever will come. You will be changed. You will find yourself in Him; real life will begin. Will you come today?
We love you, Jesus and me.