Square Pegs and Round Holes

"No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved" (Mt.9:16-17).

It has been said, and seems to be true, that all people are born with an innate desire to come to know the Lord. It has been said that we all possess a "Christ-shaped" hole, if you will, within our souls, and that there is nothing else that can fit into that hole except Christ Himself. A soul, therefore, without Christ contains a void where Christ should be, and this void produces a longing or a hunger which must be filled. But as with many things, we find quickly that although our bodies have certain needs, we often confuse those needs and therefore fill the soul or body with that which pacifies rather than that which truly satisfies--"that" being the very thing we need.
Without proper education, whether it be by experience or external teaching, we cannot identify our need, but can only identify that we have a need. The entirety of who we are will then begin to search all that we know, believe or have experienced, in order to determine how best to meet the need.
In a godless society, or one where God is more of a vague and relative figurehead, there is very little to point people to what will truly meet their spiritual need. It is like an entire community being lost in the woods, each person possessing a compass but no one knows how to really use it. And many of those who do know how to use the compass are confused because it seems that no two compasses look the same. Simply put, we live in a blind society where the blind lead the blind. Even the religious figureheads and individual churches have difficulty seeing anything alike--all professing to know the way of Christ while few show any resemblance to Him.
We do not truly understand our own plight, and most refuse to understand the plight of others. For it is easier to criticize, ostracize and judge than it is to love and minister. It is far easier to point out the sins of the godless than it is to help them find the Truth that will sustain them and fill their needs in full. We feel secure in our faith, saying that our void has been filled by the presence of God in Christ, then turn to gnash our teeth at homosexuals and abortionists. Have we forgotten the plight we once endured? How we once had no direction and sought to fill the void of our soul with anything that seemed it might fit? Can we not understand how people who have never heard of or seen examples of Christ might try just about anything to find love, acceptance and fulfillment?
Perhaps the reason we cannot look on the godless offenders with the love of God is because we have filled ourselves with a love for self. We shake our heads at what the godless fill themselves with to fill their personal void, yet we who claim to have the answer continue to fill our Christ-shaped place with "what-ever" seems to fit. Ours is not the blatant seven abominations unto the Lord (Prov.6:16-19), instead, ours is more subtle. Filling ourselves with want of material things and earthly possessions, we work harder at providing for self and family than we do at being a compass to a lost world. Yet we contrast ourselves with the homosexuals, murders and thieves and find comfort in ourselves for we are not like they. And the void in our lives that should be filled with the Love of God remains content to hold onto the "square pegs" that seem to fit.
Whether Christian or pagan, it is a godless act to seek to fill our Christ-shaped places with anything that is not of Him. Only Christ can truly satisfy. And we must ask ourselves just what we are trying to do to satisfy ourselves each day. Why do we seek after jobs, financial security, homes, and families, and how much of those things do we try to squeeze into the places that only Christ belongs?


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