Things I Think
We have entered a time in American evangelicalism where we our fidelity to the faith is judged by who we define as our “enemies” and how harsh and consistent we are in our condemnation of them.
It is as if we want the eschatological judgments of the end to fall today…not only on the wicked, but on any one not completely in lockstep with the desire to see them commence on those targeted.
My faith and my heart have been judged and found wanting in dozens of emails and comments online.
I’m “soft on sin”, a “cultural compromiser’, even a “blogging traitor to the faith” dispensing “cheap grace” to underserving heathen.
That’s just the reaction to this article.
There were many positive responses as well, but we notice the ones that hurt.
“When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”But he turned and rebuked them.And they went on to another village.” (Luke 9:51–56 ESV)
I believe that Jesus rebuked them because their hearts were off mission…and that mission was to seek and save the lost and bring the Gospel and the love of God that leads to repentance to the nations.
The mission hasn’t changed…and evidently our hearts haven’t either.
I could be totally wrong…but I believe that fire from heaven won’t come until the Lord does…and until then the our mission is to spread truth wrapped in sacrificial love ,embodied in those who call Jesus Lord..
I prefer fire as well.
2. The question for me is not whether or not Aristotle, Plato, and the other greats of philosophy influenced the early church…the question is how much did God influence them?
3. Politically, has this country ever been more ready for a third (or more) party?
4. If I use the Beatitudes to see how I’m doing spiritually, it drives me to the cross and drives out my pride. I’m going to stop doing that…
5. I don’t fully understand what is happening in Iraq, but I do know that Christians are being slaughtered and other Christians are taking great risks to save as many of them as possible. We need to keep both groups in our prayers.
6. Christianity thrived under Nero and Vespasian…how did that happen?
7. The other big backlash this week was over my joy at the Kings winning the Stanley Cup. Some people wear petty like a brand new tie…
8. When Jesus said we had to love our enemies, did He indicate from what distance we’re allowed to do so?
9. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal…or exciting, or public, or made for increasing ratings in media. We’re using different weapons…how’s the war going?
10. We end by celebrating the birthday of our friend Alan Hawkins. Thank you, sir, for your support and friendship through the years…be blessed today.