Things I Think
1. We were all thrown a curveball last week with Nagmeh Abedeni’s accusations of abuse against her husband Saeed who is still imprisoned in Iran. As often happens when curveballs are thrown, many of us swung and missed.
Strike one was being shocked when finding out that someone is is a sinner. Celebrity status has not shown any effect on the old nature, so at some point we all have to accept the fact that we are all sinners saved by grace, not good people getting better.
Strike two was the surprise that a blast email wasn’t held in confidence by media.
Strike three was the knee jerk reaction to withdraw support for freeing Saeed because we found out he was a sinner.
There are a whole lot of things in this mess that make no sense this morning…we don’t need to add to them by ceasing to advocate for his release.
The dirt can be dealt with when he gets home.
2. Gospel For Asia is now threatening Warren Throckmorton with legal action. Warren is not not caving and we’re going to stand with him…even as those who could have informed the world stay mute as more people suffer. Tell me again about their great integrity and compassion…
3. Starting today, we have three books coming out over the next month…so please forgive me in advance for having to indulge in a lot of self promotion.
4. The simple acts of confession and repentance could save us from all the complex actions needed to cover up the need for both.
5. The terrible tragedy in Paris will have many lessons…if the first one isn’t the recognition that evil exists then you won’t learn the ones that follow.
6. The best thing I read all weekend concerning the tragedy was from the late Mr. Rogers… “look for the helpers”.
7. The Gospel we preach isn’t to tell others that they can be good like us…it’s the message that bad people like us can be reconciled to a good God.
8. It is true that Christianity has a bloody history…but Paris wasn’t terrorized by a group of angry nuns. It’s time to to agree with Jesus when He said that some “were of their father, the devil”.
9. If you’re not wrestling this morning with the biblical command to “love your enemies”, you don’t understand the text…
10. Fear not.