Ignorance, Guilt, & Gratitude

Ignorance is essential to the existence of the human race; to posses omniscience is to cease to be human and to become gods. Proof- we can only know fragments, so the tragedy of human action and unforeseen consequences produces guilt for our existence, and fate more the result than classic action. So we should not think ourselves so smart.  In truth it is the counsel of God that deepens our hope. We are not self created, nor all that brilliant.  Gratitude withheld is a greater sin than ignorance.

A Life Worth Living

It is the grace of God given to us in Christ Jesus that we stand. In the end, in the day of our lord Jesus Christ, it will be the testimony concerning Christ that shall confirm us blameless, not our good deeds, not our status in this world.

A friend of mine’s mother went to heaven today, she was 95. I did not know her, I may have met her a time or two at church, but I don’t remember. I cannot tell you much about what she looked like, or how she lived. I don’t know if she was famous, rich, or poor. Did she have a liberated career, who knows? I suppose I could find out. Maybe she was the daughter of politician? Maybe she had ancestral ties to royalty? What I do know about her is that her son loved her very much, that he was a believer and that she loved Jesus. What joy there is in knowing Jesus! I can rejoice with my friend, not in his sorrow but in his joy, knowing the grace of God was with his mom. That she now resides in heaven with the Father. She loved and lived faithful to her calling in Christ. She was blessed by God, called to do His will, and nonetheless she knew she humbly breathed, and now lives by the mercies of Christ.

If this is all that could be said about her, is it not enough? Some of us aspire for a calling not of God. We think we should be a great singer, a famous writer, a popular preacher or a rich man like Warren Buffet or Bill Gates. Maybe God has a simpler plan for you and me. Maybe He wants us to be a great fathers or a loving mother like my friend’s mom. To be known in the end not for some worldly achievement, but for the righteousness given to us by the mercies of God through Christ Jesus – a good and faithful servant of Christ.

How do you love?

Do you love your neighbor? What does it look like to love? Do you love like Jesus loved?
Look at me, look carefully. Listen to me, listen carefully. Watch me, observe my ways. Is there something worth loving in me? What if I’m not a “good” person? I lie, I steel, and I lust. Maybe I smoke, cuss, wear gangster clothes, and listen to rap music. Or maybe I smoke some pot, drink, and live a rebellious life; I use women, look at porn, don’t work, and always look angry. I know I’m not very cool in your eyes. I don’t care what you think. I’ll believe what I want to believe; your God is not real. Do you still love me, really love me?
What does your love look like? Do you talk to me? Am I a stranger to you or do you know who I am? Did I attend your church at one time, did I go to school with you, or maybe you just see me on the streets. Do you go out of your way to see me, to talk with me, or help me? Do you leave me encouraging notes on my Facebook Wall? Will you smile at me, and introduce me to your friends? Do you call me and ask me to do things with you? Will you include me when you’re getting together with friends? Will you help me move or fix things for me? Do you invite me to church?
Or do you just pray for me; is that love?

Family Guy – Corrupting Influences

Obscene and filthy conversation prevails everywhere in society. So universal is this that almost every Christian finds common conversation corrupt and defiling. Especially contaminating is the media. For example, obscene and offensive cartoons like Family Guy are training our children to disrespect themselves and others.

“Speech is an invaluable gift; a blessing of inestimable worth,” said Albert Barnes, and I agree. The act of rendering indirect or even worse openly offensive speech toward fellow human beings is having tragic consequences on the families of this generation. A depraved, even evil force seems to shadow this corruption. So speak always to do good to others. Give information; impart consolation if needed; elicit truth in friendly conversation, or admonish kindly those who are going astray. For if we talk only for the sake of talking or being funny, we will certainly say foolish things; but if your aim in life is to benefit others, we will not likely say things that we will have occasion to regret. Obscene and filthy conversation prevails everywhere in society. So universal is this, that almost every Christian finds common conversation corrupt and defiling. Especially contaminating is the media. For example, obscene and offensive cartoons like Family Guy are training our children to disrespect themselves and others.

“Speech is an invaluable gift; a blessing of inestimable worth,” said Albert Barnes, and I agree. The act of rendering indirect or even worse openly offensive speech toward fellow human beings is having tragic consequences on the families of this generation. A depraved, even evil force seems to shadow this corruption. So speak always to do good to others. Give information; impart consolation if needed; elicit truth in friendly conversation, or admonish kindly those who are going astray. For if we talk only for the sake of talking or being funny, we will certainly say foolish things; but if your aim in life is to benefit others, we will not likely say things that we will have occasion to regret.