Things I Think

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  1. Dan from Georgia says:

    Re: thought number 8:

    Common is the desire to “win” arguments, to “defeat our enemies in 120 characters” (twitter), to get the last word in, and to belittle those who are different (in appearance and in belief) from us. I was just looking at a few health-related videos on YouTube yesterday and the comments amongst those who disagreed about something, that at the end of the day doesn’t amount to jack squat, was appalling. Name calling and expletives were flying. In the church, we exchanged weapons like expletives with weapons such as judgement, questioning the salvation of those who we don’t agree with, and flinging around labels such as “liberal”. More than a few times I have had to bite my tongue here and on other blogs, but sometimes I am not always so successful at that.

    A gentle answer turns away wrath.

    Hey, where have I read that before?

  2. Michael says:

    Dan,

    It’s tough these days to respond properly and try to think and speak gracefully…harder for me than most.
    I’m just starting to see what the “always nuclear” option is producing…

  3. Em says:

    The TV drones on here during the day…. The commercials as well as any “talk” show operate under a cloud of disdain… disdain for anyone and anything that runs counter to what they are selling… I can’t/don’t want to identify with the women that are promoted there and on the political stage as strong – they aren’t that. They are devious and conniving to the brink of psychotic.
    I think that the average church goer just mirrors the social structure. Somewhere along the way a healthy fear of an absolute, holy God has given way to phony pretense.
    I know what a strong and gracious woman and an honest, God fearing and gracious man are. I grew up in their home.
    Would tough times bring the nation around again? I don’t know…. sadly….

  4. Steve says:

    Regarding MacArthur and James White, we need to show them grace too. I’m not sure who they are attacking in SBC and why but sometimes the most challenging folks to be gracious to are those that are not as ecumenical as ourselves.

  5. Jerod says:

    Grace is an awful thing for the lot of us. The people who deserve it the least are the ones on whom God lavishes it.

  6. Jerod says:

    I find more in common with Joe Rogan and Ben Shapiro these days then most christian churches (my current one excepted, Bill). We thought being salt and light was building a Moral Majority. Now that comes down to *how* you abort the baby…

  7. Jtk says:

    Re: #1
    https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/how-one-stupid-tweet-ruined-justine-saccos-life.html

    Old news but shows the need for grace and what destroyed lives (semi destroyed) look like.

  8. Owen says:

    When I think of grace, I think of mercy at the same time….

    Lyrics to a song I heard once –
    “Grace keeps giving me
    things I don’t deserve.
    Mercy keeps withholding
    things I do.”

    (Wayne Watson)

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