Things I Think
1. I’m not qualified to comment on the actual verdict of the George Zimmerman trial, but the post trial reactions do show us some things. We’re still a deeply divided country racially despite years of innumerable cultural and governmental attempts to be otherwise. Our cultural profession is still different than our personal hearts…what we profess to be is different from that which we really are. The cognitive dissonance between what we speak with our mouths and believe with our hearts is growing.
2. The racial divide is only one of many cracks that appear to be widening…how long do we have before the duct tape that holds our culture together gives way?
3. What the gay community has achieved is a veneer of acceptance…my guess is that the underlying disapproval of the life style is still the majority opinion and lurks just underneath that thin covering. Deeply held beliefs, especially those grounded in faith, are not easily overcome with propaganda and legislation. They simply remain unspoken in the common culture.
4. The “ministry of reconciliation” was either nowhere to be found or drowned out in the cacophony of division in social media once again. I guess we talk about what we care about…
5. I’m guilty of racial profiling at times…but I live in Southern Oregon, so most of the profiles are white.
6. I sometimes laugh at inappropriate things and repent afterwards…
7. Pastor…if your media budget is bigger than your ‘benevolence” budget, you need to get saved.
8. Giving into the kingdom is a risk free investment;
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:6–11 ESV)
9. The more involved I get in hands on work in the kingdom the more intolerant I become of rapture posts and prophecy updates on my Facebook timeline.
10. The more partisan and opinionated a person is the fewer people that person can reach with the Gospel. Somehow we’ve replaced the Great Commission with singing to the choir…