Things I Think
1. There has been a pretty overwhelming response to Fridays article, both positive and negative. As I said numerous times on Friday, I do sincerely apologize to those who believed that it was too early for such an article…I was not being intentionally insensitive or cruel. After today,I will not be writing on the topic after today for the rest of the week.
2. Part of the aftermath of the events of the weekend is the affirmation again of what symbols and icons mean in our culture…and how utterly incapable we are of seeing those icons in three dimensions.
3. I think this speaks to our cultural soteriology…if your good works out weigh your bad, then you’re in. This puts us in a place where we worship people for good works and leaves no place to celebrate the grace of God who redeems sinners.
4. I’m close to agreeing with those who believe that this country is about to come apart at the seams. The only reason I believe that is because when I see people trying to get in the middle of polarized opposites both sides shoot at that person until they’re tired. When we can no longer speak with each other to solve an issue, the only alternative left is war. When every dispute becomes an all or nothing battle…you either get all or nothing. Those who end up with nothing go looking for bigger guns.
5. In my ignorant naiveté I keep thinking that the church should be the group working to bring people together…
6. “For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh” (Galatians 6:13 ESV) Today pastors measure themselves by how many backsides there are in the pews. In Pauls’ day they were measuring by chopped foreskins. Today is better, I think…but both count numbers above faithfulness.
7. There is something strangely askew in a church culture that (justifiably) hates pornography yet embraces violence. I thought that while watching the MMA commercial during the football game.
8. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”(Ephesians 2:10 ESV) You don’t have to go looking for ways to serve God…He’ll put them right in front of you as you simply walk with Him in your daily life. Most of the time your daily life is all He’s asking you to work on…
9. I believe that “artist” is a high and holy calling…
10. There is no more foolish endeavor in life than to desire to be liked by everyone.