Things I Think
1. The social media campaign of last week to #Free Saeed was successful…not just because of the numbers involved, but because you were heard. Congress has called for a hearing on Thursday morning on the issue and the ACLJ states that this was a result of “social media”. Now, as one of my co-workers said, we have moved the mountain, now we need to push it into the sea.We need to mobilize that great mass of people again before that hearing. If you haven’t signed up on the new page, please do so and check for this weeks action plan to #FreeSaeed.
2. Mark Driscoll and his business associates have done an outstanding job of deflecting all the media attention to the sins of the messengers who brought news of his. Such is the way of the church these days that people actually fall for it.
3. We who are “Bible believers” have to change the way we think about and communicate the difficult passages of Scripture. When I was a child the story of the Flood was always the story of Noah and the Ark…accompanied by cute critter pictures and ending with a rainbow. It wasn’t until much later in life that I understood that the real picture would have involved tens of thousands of floating corpses around the ark and the rainbow shined on their bloated bodies after the waters receded. We avoided that truth…and in doing so missed the whole message of the passage, which is about God’s hatred of sin and His willingness to destroy that which is unrighteous. That leads to a skewed view of God. People today see the implications of the story that aren’t on the felt board…and we have to learn to communicate the real truth about the Flood and the Canaanite genocide with clarity, compassion, and awe.
4. Everything I just said about the difficult passages of Scripture applies double to discussions about gender roles in the church and culture…simply saying that “God declares it and that settles it” won’t work in an information age with so many conflicting voices.
5. I can only ask for your forgiveness and understanding…December is a thick, cold blanket of despair for me. I’m doing the best I can.
6. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…so when you have a God from whom there is nothing to fear, you worship an idol.
7. The fear of the Lord does not nullify the grace of the Lord…it makes you truly thankful for it.
8. The Incarnation is the most awesome doctrine of the Christian faith…in a world where men want to become gods, God became man and subjected Himself to us, for us. The wonder of this is beyond my ability to process.
9. One simple act of kindness can heal multiple years of offense and grief. Look for opportunities to commit one…
10. Do what you would hope others would do for you if you were Saeed Abedini… #FreeSaeed.