Things I Think
I write another story about children without a name or voice allegedly getting raped by “Christian” caregivers and the crickets drown out the sound of me pounding on my keyboard in frustration. One story is shared by major media all over the world, the other gets a couple of shares on Facebook.
The American church needs an enema and I pray that Jesus is reaching for a hose…
2. Lets’s get this clear…if your church or mission organization or whatever group you’ve organized in the name of Jesus doesn’t have clear child protections written into it’s mission statement with clear guidelines and protocols to make sure they are enforced…that organization is not “Christian” in any sense of the word. It may be “sub-Christian” or “anti-Christian” in reality.
3. A contingent from Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa met with the boys from Mars Hill over the weekend to learn from each other. Be afraid…be very afraid.
4. The millstone around the neck of the American church will be engraved with the names of the children we allowed to be abused by our idols.
5. “I think evangelicalism is destined to die of its own success and it will go the way of mainstream Protestantism because there’s just—it depends far too much on charismatic pastors, and charisma will only take you so far. Evangelicalism is constantly under the burden of re-inventing the wheel and you just get tired. ” Stanley Hauerwas
6. You know I’m out of sorts when I start quoting Anabaptists with great approval…
7. Donald Sterling is a despicable human being. Having said that, if what I’ve said in my worst moments in the privacy of my home was recorded and broadcast, I would stand an excellent chance of being arrested or deported.
8. What an ironic study in contrast…“And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?”And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”” (Mark 10:35–37 ESV)
Those inside the circle wanted more power and recognition…the one outside the circle was the one who recognized the Christ.
“And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”” (Mark 10:51–52 ESV)
Things haven’t changed much…
9. “And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”” (Mark 10:13–15 ESV) Later in this chapter the crowds rebuke blind Bartimaeus for trying to get the attention of the Lord. I wonder who I find unworthy of His attention and desire to keep from Him…
10. In just one sample chapter, (Mark 10), Jesus affirms the worth, dignity, value, and His love for the poor, women, children, and the disabled against the religionists of the day. Perhaps we could invite Him back to do so again…we seem to have lost that part of the message.