Things I Think
1. I started teaching the book of Hosea yesterday. The first thing that happens in the book is that God tells the prophet to go marry a whore. If this happened at First Baptist down the street there may be an issue. Never judge the work of God by outward appearances…you don’t know what God has called someone else to do.
2. When you teach Hosea, you teach about the sin of idolatry. Every time I’ve heard a teaching about idolatry I’ve left feeling guilty because I loved my family or friends more than I loved God and I needed to love them less so God could be #1. That was a lie from the pit of hell. The cure for idolatry isn’t loving others less, it’s learning to grow in the love of God.
3. We are as steeped in idolatry on micro and macro levels today as were the people of Israel. Furthermore, if you want to really understand this book cross out where it says Israel and write in “the church”. Consumerism, abortion, and porn are just modern ways for us to dance naked around the Ashteroth pole.
4. My remaining cat refuses to do anything remarkable or interesting, thus ruining my literary career.
5. John Calvin and a number of other commentators on Hosea go to great lengths to make a case that God really didn’t ask Hosea to marry a whore because God just wouldn’t do that…even though the text couldn’t be clearer. We’ve tried since the Reformation to “clean up” the earthy, real parts of Scripture to meet our standards of piety. When we do so, we mangle Scripture and lie about both God and ourselves.
6. I’ve come to the conclusion that this election has become a form of diversionary entertainment for some people…a sport for people who don’t like football.
7. One of the ways I defined an idol is “anything or anyone you would not be able to bless God for taking”… then hugged my boy really tightly.
8. Summer is officially over here in Southern Oregon and we’ve entered our third season…”wet”.
9. If we’re all broke, why is it impossible to find an iPhone 5 to buy?
10. Keep praying…and thank you.