Random Thoughts for 9/24

* The world doesn’t need more Christians who are self-made martyr’s, Christians who shove abrasive placards in the faces of those who don’t know Christ and then claim martyrdom when arrested. The world needs Christians who sacrifice their lives for the world and who, on dreadful and wonderful occasions, are killed for refusing to abandon their love in Christ, not for displaying their hatred for mankind.

* Just as when Christ came down in a raging fire to Moses, but did not destroy the bush, so too did He come down and burn away the sin of human flesh without destroying human flesh.

* Prison should be a place of reform for those we can reform. Yes, the inmates have done horrible things, but they are still made in the image of God and therefore deserve to be treated humanly; after all, aren’t we better than them?

* Before we judge inmates too quickly for their crimes and ship them off to never be seen again, understand that the only difference between an inmate and most other people is the inmate got caught. Prisons are full of criminals who are bad at their vocation of being a criminal. The world is full of people who are simply very good at it.

* Everything in the Bible points to Christ – from the Spirit hovering over the void we learn that the Spirit hovered over the spiritual void; just as God spoke through His Word to create the world, God then sent His Word into the world to redeem creation; just as God gave Adam and Eve animal skins to cover their shame, He became slaughtered and gave Himself for our own shame; just as humanity’s demise was found in the Garden of Eden, humanity’s salvation was found in the Garden of Gethsemane; truly everything in Scripture has a literal truth and an allegorical truth, with one of the two pointing to Christ.

* Why would Christians deny the resurrection? It is our one hope. It is not pie-in-the-sky thinking nor is it an excuse to ignore the plight of today; rather, it is the justification for helping the poor and lame today, while also giving them hope that paradise awaits them.

* Death is bittersweet for the Christian. We are sad to lose companionship, but happy the person now lives without pain; we are happy for the person’s rewards of Heaven, but jealous that we are still here. For the community, death is bittersweet. For the individuals, it releases them from this occupied earth into the loving arms of their Liberator.

* Growing up the Christian community was worried about losing Generation X. I regret to inform this old generation that Generation X is gone. I now point you to teenagers who are in high school and to young adults in college and tell you that you are losing them now. Not because we are not creative enough, not because we lack proper music for them, not because people wear suits and ties to church; we are losing this generation for two reasons and two reasons alone: first, we lack substance in our teaching and secondly, we lack substance in our living. Should we teach a substantial lesson and live substantial lives, this generation will turn to Christ like no other generation before them.

* Is there anything more ugly and more perverse in this world than one who knows the truth of Christ and who stands fast to the truthful tenets of the Christian faith, but lacks love? Telling Muslims, homosexuals, and others that they are going to hell unless they repent might be true, but the truth is not heard over the perceived hatred. It is easier to hear about Christ when Christ is sitting at your dinner table or laying by your hospital bed than when he is at your event protesting your presence.

* Truth is absolute in most cases. While some truth is contingent and therefore created, the importance truths in life are not created and instead are discovered. The most important Truth is not of our creation, is not a matter of perspective, and is not discovered through contemplation; the ultimate Truth is discovered through a relationship, for Truth is a man.


Random Thoughts: 9/9/2010

* Saying embryonic stem cell research is justifiable because of the medical advances it might bring is equivalent to saying that Dr. Eduard Wirths was justified in his experiments because of the medical advances he brought about.

* I can’t imagine Paul walking into a pagan temple and taking a hammer to the idols placed within; I can’t imagine he would support burning the holy book of another religion, even if the religion is false.

* A church’s success isn’t measured by how controversial they are or by how big their congregation happens to be. True success in a church is found in the following; fidelity to the truth of God and service to the unfortunate. Should a preacher ever utter a word of heresy from the pulpit or a member ever want for life’s necessities, only then can the church truly be called a failure.

* The world wants nothing to do with Christ for one of two reasons. Either they want nothing to do with Christ because His pure light has exposed their sins or the only image of Christ they’ve seen has been from His followers who’s sins have hidden the pure light of Christ. We should never be an excuse for unbelief.

* Would abortion exist if those who went to picket abortion clinics also chose to take in an unwed mother during her pregnancy and handle her medical woes?

* If Christians were to act in pure love towards each other and towards the world starting tomorrow we would all be committed to the hospital for insanity because the world does not know how to handle true love. But we should not placate the world for fear of our insanity, rather we should desire to live more fully in the insanity of God’s love.

* Christ gained nothing out of dying for us and redeeming us. His glory is infinite, so He did not increase His glory or add to it. His act of death was a pure sacrifice, one where He gained nothing in the process. Let us follow His example.

* War is a hell of a thing – it requires men to kill other men. It requires the human nature to be at combat with human nature. To kill a man is in effect to kill oneself, no matter how justified the action may be. Is there anything in this world more unnatural than warfare?

* “Christianity is a crutch to handle the trials of this world” isn’t an argument against Christianity; it’s an argument against the world.

A Few More Thoughts

* Do you wish to comprehend God? First, comprehend yourself. Then comprehend your neighbor. Once you have done this, understand that you are still smaller than God.

* When we enter troubles should we worry? If God was able to calm the sea during the storm and create the earth that held the sea, certainly He can guide us through our troubles.

* Cynicism is always an error when we fail to first be cynical about ourselves.

* What separates a lef-voting Christian and a right-voting Christian? How they vote. Beyond that, they are the same in style and rhetoric.

* Do you think you have a new idea on truth? Do you think that you have invented a new truth that contradicts all the old truths? Then you are wrong on two accounts; your invention is false and someone else has already thought of it.

* What will our first reaction be when we see Christ? Will it be one of shame or one of overwhelming joy? The answer is it’s a mystery, for we have never seen glorious perfection, so how can we know how we’ll react?

* To those of you who would deny mystery, do you claim to know all? To deny mystery is to elevate one’s self above God. Nothing is a mystery to God; all things, unless revealed, are a mystery to us.

* The first act of theology is to be still and know God. Books point to God, but God is not found in a book. God is only found in the silence of the modern world, absent of the shrieking voices claiming to speak for Him or against Him. Only in silence can we truly find God.

A Few Thoughts

Nietzsche offerred up little quips in some of his books, short excerpts of his overall beliefs, so why can’t I?

* We do not need a 21st century Christianity so that the Gospel is relevant to culture; we need a 1st century Christianity that beckons culture to be relevant to the Gospel.

* We are a generation of people seeking to find themselves; they are lost because they have rejected God. We only know who we are in contrast to who God is.

* Everyone is judgmental to a degree, we are either judging people or judging those we deem judgmental.

* Our generation looks for the latest fad or movement and rejects anything old because we are part of the cult of progress.

* We no longer think or ponder the big questions in life because to do so reflects our small we are and that can hurt our self-esteem.

* Happier is the man who struggles for food and shelter, but knows who he is because of Christ than the man who wants for nothing except his identity.