Things I Think: The Late Edition
1. Today we celebrated Martin Luther King Day. I used to get caught up in the mans moral and theological failures, but he has become a symbol of non-violent social action for justice and righteousness. I can and will celebrate that. In this case the symbol is more powerful and important than the aforementioned substance.
2. More thoughts on the Albuquerque tragedy… I have exceedingly credible information that the young man showed signs of mental disturbance at an early age and that those signs may have been overlooked or ignored because of religious taboos against psychiatry and psychology. Dear readers, if someone you love is having difficulty controlling their thoughts or fantasy lives reach out and get them help…please.
3. This is an exceedingly difficult and confusing time to be young…
4. We live in a time as well when everybody wants to have their say, but few want to listen…
5. Yes, I believe in supernatural evil. No, I do not believe that the existence and work of supernatural evil removes any element of human responsibility. To caricature what I’m saying with references to “The Exorcist” or cartoon demons misses the point entirely. I have seen and battled spiritual oppression live and in person and it’s not a fantasy, but a dark and dreadful reality. If you think that’s weird …I also believe a 1st century carpenter was God and that even though He was murdered, He rose from the dead and because He did I will too. Strange faith, isn’t it?
My heart is too heavy for five more…I do want to say a quick thank you to my friends in Albuquerque for all the years of faithful friendship. May God be with you in these coming days and always.