Things I Think
1. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz created a firestorm in Christian social media when he told a supporter of traditional marriage to sell his stock in the company if he disagreed with Starbucks support of gay marriage. Corporate America has been driving the gay rights bus for a long time now…when I was hired by a major bank in 2002 “inclusiveness training” was the very first thing on the agenda.
Corporate America is a beast in the biblical sense, as anti-Christ as the trade guilds of Revelation…yet every election cycle the church is called to support the party that is most closely affiliated with it. I’m not saying the other party is superior, I’m saying we can’t recognize a beast until it devours us.
2. I never read how the above is a “sign of the times”…but it more closely matches the biblical model than 90% of the natural events and doctrinal disputes we associate with such.
3. Holy Week is upon us…will you observe and participate in it or is it just another week with a “special” service at the end?
4. Millions of people went to tens of thousands of churches and were blessed and fed yesterday.Sometimes we need a news flash to remind us…
5. When the church emulates the world it contributes to the decline of both.
6. When we ask God to take down abusive pastors we rarely ask Him to do things in the body as He did with Ananias and Sapphira. I suspect we can’t have one without the other.
7. The only thing I can say that prayer truly changes is my focus…
8. If you will learn to measure your success by what you’ve given away instead of what you have acquired, the world cannot steal your joy.
9. Corporate America judges by those things measurable by numbers…God judges by the unmeasurable qualities of the heart. Choose your judge wisely…
10. One of my biggest concerns is that we in blogdom need to be much more careful about communicating the fact that rogue pastors and abusive churches are the exception, not the rule. The world is watching…which is why we must deal with those exceptions with truth and in righteousness.