Things I Think
Let me rephrase that.
I sinned yesterday.
As I was getting ready to leave for church I saw an article on Facebook about a veterinarian who posed for a picture holding a cat she had shot with a bow and arrow.
She was quite pleased with herself…and I lost my mind.
I hated that woman and I wanted to see her punished and publicly scorned and shamed.
There was an online petition to get her license revoked which I signed and then shared to all my Facebook friends in hopes that they would do likewise.
I felt a bit better by the time I left the house…I had done my part to damn this woman far and wide.
I had joined the crowd who righteously cyber spat in her smug face.
I left no room for grace, redemption, or reconciliation.
In doing so, I denied my own faith that says nobody is outside the grace of God and desires redemption for all.
Even vile cat killers.
Social media makes it far too easy to hate…and my old nature loves it.
Our ability to hate and spread hate is going to destroy us…and I contributed to the fall.
It has to stop before we devour each other to the point of no return.
2. Another thing that’s going to ruin us is how we handle news.
Accuracy and facts no longer matter…what matters is whether the news came from a place that agrees with our political ideology.
If it does it’s true, if it doesn’t, it’s a lie from the pit of hell.
We’re losing our collective minds.
3. It’s a very short distance between hating someone with a keyboard and justifying hating them in person. We’re on dangerous ground…
4. It was heartbreaking for me this morning to go through the list of Facebook friends who no longer speak to me because of political differences. The church really didn’t need something else to divide over…but we are doing so.
5. “The vocation of pastors has been replaced by the strategies of religious entrepreneurs with business plans.” ― Eugene Peterson. HT to Matt Redmond.
6. Tim Tebow is back in the NFL…yet another sign of the impending Rapture…
7. Being hacked just informs me that I’m hitting the right people in the right place…
8. I preached on prayer last night and continued to neglect praying today…
9. There is much cognitive dissonance between people who don’t believe in supernatural evil and who also believe that people are basically good. ISIS and the Mexican drug cartels testify to their errors.
10. Despite it all…summers coming. “Summertime is always the best of what might be.” Charles Bowden