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<天國子民的身份>10/28-11/3/13

 

「因為蒙神的靈引導的,都是神的兒子。你們接受的,不是奴僕的靈,使你們仍舊懼怕;你們接受的,是使人成為嗣子的靈,使我們呼叫“阿爸、父”。聖靈親自和我們的靈一同證明我們是 神的兒女。」(羅馬書8:14-16) 

 

 “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are childrenof God… you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:14-16) 

 

默想禱告:一 位原籍德國,移民美國超過五十年的老人神情肅木地坐著,不時搓揉著手背, 又緊張地瞪著坐在身旁的女兒,等待我對他申請的補發公民証書(N565表格)作出最後審批。審查中,我發現他無法提供任何文件証明自已的公民身份。他在美 國生活幾十年中從沒離過境,因此沒有申請過美國護照,一輩子未曾登記投票選舉,亦從不參與任何政治,社區性活動,平時只知上班下班,活得像個「隱士」。最 近因申請聯邦補助金(SSI)他才意識到這個問題的嚴重性。我問他:「你如何知道你是美國籍?」他囁嚅的回答:「我一向認為我已經是公民,我父母去世前同 時入籍,唸中學大學時,同學和校方從不過問我的移民身份,我因此就假設自己早就是美國籍了…」像這種特殊情況,我要進行各方考究,追源溯始,拼圖式地把他 家的移民歷史重新盤查,方能幫助申請人確證自己的公民身份。依法來說,其實証明公民身份的責任(BurdenofProof)應該落在申請人自己身上,而 不是移民官的份內工作,祗不過每當看到申請人心焦如焚像鍋上螞蟻的樣子,心有不忍,我才會伸出援手。在處理這些案子的時候,心中感嘆良多。很多人要不就輕 看自已的公民身份,不然就武斷地假設自己的定位,雖然他們從来沒有行使過任何公民的權利,履行過公民的義務,等到發現自身的利益受虧損的那一刻,才驚覺這 種身份的重要和寶貴。以此例推想,現今世代中,我察覺有不少上教會多年自稱為基督徒,他們的屬靈生命也可能落入類似的光景。就是他們在眾人面前大胆「假 設」自己是一名重生得救的「天國子民」,但信仰重心是完全靠自己理性的認知過濾作價值基礎,將信仰視為「客體」性、禮儀化的生活模式而行;但其實心中卻沒 把握,更拒絕讓主耶穌聖善的靈進入內心,融滙成「主體」性的心靈契合,因此無從經歷到與主相交的甜美,享受主耶稣所應許生命的豐盛內涵。自我「假設」而缺 乏「主觀經歷」的信仰生命肯定不能用作確認「天國子民」身份的憑據,這種生命的位份也絕對不能靠父母來傳遞。重生的基督徒應有的身份特徵乃是生命本質上的 蛻變,是脫胎換骨的變化。這種改變,是心思意念的徹底移位,經神的靈引導下,生命隨時順著祂的旨意更新建造,言語行為便必然行在光明當中,也會很自然向主 暱稱為我們的阿爸父,因為聖靈親自和我們的靈一同證明我們是神的兒女。「天國子民」遵守天國憲章(神的話),享有超世的權利(復活與永生), 在地如在天的平安喜樂!我們的義務是按主的吩咐把這個生命的大好信息傳給世人。盼望每一位神的兒女,在我們的額上,心版上都刻上聖靈的印記,成為一個徹頭 徹尾,貨真價實,份量十足的基督徒, 奉主耶穌聖名禱告, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

Meditation & Prayer: Rubbing his hands nervously across from my desk, he stared at his daughter sitting next to him instead, apparently felt uncomfortable to answer my interviewing questions. “Sir, how do you know you are a U.S. Citizen since you do not have a shred of evidence to present at this interview?” I asked. “I always assume I am. My parents brought us to America from Germany 50 years ago. They both were naturalized when I was 15. No one ever inquired about my citizenship before, and I never traveled all these years, and therefore had no need to apply for a U.S. passport. I wasn’t interested in politics so I didn’t bother to register to vote. I just mind my own business, until recently when I was denied applying for SSI, because I failed to proof I am a U.S. Citizen.” His alibi startled me. “Sir, do you understand the burden of proof that you are a U.S. Citizen is incumbent upon you?” I immediately noticed his facial reaction became more and more unsettled, as though he was feeling hopeless. It took me a long time to reconstruct his family’s immigration history and researched into our data bank, archived records, and finally affirmed that he is indeed a U.S. Citizen. Of course I was sympathetic, but at the same time I was quite disturbed by the fact that he took everything for granted through these 40 some years. How could he be so alienated and carelessly shunned his rights and responsibilities as a citizen? Doesn’t he care about this prestigious status as a citizen whom thousands /millions covet but cannot attain? And how naïve he thinks that he can simply assume such status without making any effort to show anyone who he truly is? While I was lending a helping hand to this desperate senior, I also engaged in the parallel thinking of many professed Christians who failed to proof they are indeed the children of God. “Assumption” is self-deception, and ritualistic lifestyle is merely a product of institutionalized religion. John 3:6 “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spiritgives birth to spirit.”  Only those “who are led by the Spirit of God are childrenof God… those who received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” To maintain a vibrant, loving relationship with God is the ultimate proof of our heavenly citizenship status, a seal that is stamped on our foreheads and in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, in Jesus holy name I offer thanksgiving to, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)    

 

节录赵约翰牧师感言:

 

弟兄姐妹!真没想到这么快就来了。伊州众议员刚刚以61票,一票多过最低起码票数,低空掠过。伊利诺州成为美国第15个通过同性恋婚姻合法化的州。我们要记住这一天。此刻我们的心极为悲痛。弟兄姐妹呀!让我们效法基督在十架上的祷告,父呀!赦免他们,他们真的不晓得他们所作的是什么。

 

们也真不晓得这个法案的通过对整个伊利诺州的社会,家庭,教会的影响有多可怕

 

求神怜悯!如若不悔改,神公义的刑罚必要临到。在我们悲伤之后,求主坚立我们,准备迎战。坚固弟兄姐妹唤醒沉睡中的童女,更多为教会,子女祷告,他们将来要面对的环境,试探,及挑战极其险恶。更加快传纯正福音的步伐!撒旦呀!你莫想我们就此缴械,靠着万军之耶和华,我们要继续堵住破口,继续为主争战,直到主得胜的号角响起赵牧师

王倚真、楊靜姝、陈炽 榮神传播協會

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