Pragmatism is the slipperiest of slopes. Machiavelli’s maxim, “the end justifies the means” is perhaps the quintessential expression of pragmatism. When it comes to decision making, Christians often wrestle with call of faith to act from principle rather than pragmatism. Pragmatism subtly mocks faith in God’s promises and precepts as either naïveté or presumption. Or Pragmatism dismisses the promptings of the Holy Spirit as a lack of common sense or sheer imprudence.
When Abraham left Ur of the Chaldeans, he conspired with his wife to follow a course of pragmatism. Because of her great beauty and the immorality of the people they would encounter, they agreed to hazard their marriage covenant for the sake of physical safety. But the Lord unmasked their plan and humbled Abraham before Pharaoh and the court of Egypt. From this Abraham began to learn how to walk by faith and not by sight. Lot, Abraham’s nephew, did not learn from observing his uncles mistake however. By choosing the way of pragmatism, Lot led his family deeper and deeper into compromise and catastrophe and placed them firmly on a spiritually slippery slope.
Join us this Lord’s Day, June 4 as we examine the account of Abraham and Lot from Genesis 13 and consider how we are to “walk by faith and not by sight.” We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions.
Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.