Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Color of Our Skin

I just read an article that started with this line: “Man by nature tends to take pride in the color of his skin.” Of course, this is in the aftermath of the Charlottesville riot. I thought “really.” It makes it sound like we are all sitting around all the time contemplating the skin we are wearing. I must be honest with the thought never crosses my mind. To be even more honest I don’t think about your skin color either. Don’t get me wrong, if you are black, I recognize that you are black. And if you are proud of being black, you should be. But, I just don’t think about it.

What I do spend time thinking about is, how wonderful it is that we are all made in the image of God. And that everyone, no matter who, needs to know Jesus Christ, Son of God and savior of the world. And I would rather talk to you about that.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Husbands Love Your wives

 We have heard these words before "Husbands, love your wives, jus as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her." I feel fairly certain that many men don't have a problem with this. I mean how many men have been called to give his life up for his wife. With all the men who have lived I would say that percentage is pretty low.

That brings me to John chapter 13. Go read it real quick, I'll wait.

It is the story of when Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. What is telling about this, this is a menial task for the lowest of slaves. Even Jewish slaves did not have to perfom this task only the gentile slaves.1 Maybe you can see where I am going with this. Maybe not. But think about it, the Savior, the Creator, God with us, probably, no not probably, definitely the only one who is worth of glory and honor and praise, did the work that most would consider beneath them. That would be like cleaning the bathroom today.

Now think about this, the church is the bride of Christ. Christ is not above the loweliest task. What does that tell you men? Do I need to spell it out.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Machines Have Taken Over…

One of my favorite movies is Terminator. This futuristic drama is about a machine that comes from the future to kill the mother of the leader of the human resistance. In the future of this movie, the machines have taken over and man is nearly extinct.

It occurs to me that the machines have already taken over. Don’t believe, look around. When was the last time you called your bank and spoke to a real person. It even carries over to your doctor’s office. I don’t call any more, I just take care of it online. Ironic, isn’t it.

When I go out to eat, it is not uncommon for me to see a couple at the same table on their phones. I sometimes wonder if they are texting each other. Even worse is the parent with their children, either talking on the phone or texting or checking Facebook. Do their children think their parents face actually has a phone pasted on it? It wouldn’t surprise me.

There are even online churches. I wonder how that works out. Are there people out there who substitute actual church attendance with doing church online? I wonder how they reconcile that with the command in Hebrews: “not forsaking our own assembling together,”? Perhaps they think the online community is enough. I can’t see how. I think it is important for people to see our lives and encourage us in right living and rein us back when we’re not.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

God Gave Me

A number of years ago, a friend and I were having a serious discussion about scripture. Okay, we were arguing. We could not agree, so that evening we just let the matter drop. It really wasn’t a make or break type of thing, we just disagreed

The next he came to me and said, “While I was mowing the grass, God gave me…”  Then he told me the same thing he had said the night before. I don’t have a problem with people saying that sort of thing. You know someone might say in time of trouble “God gave me this scripture” or “God made clear to me…” or even “God said to me..”

What I do have a problem is in a situation where you disagree about something and one person says to the other “God told me it was this way.” What you are actually saying at this point is “if you still disagree with me, you are now arguing against God.”

We are not going to agree on everything and that’s okay. But we need to leave the minor things alone and agree on what’s important.