Archive for March, 2012

eyes & enemies

so i’m willing to admit that i have learned to play the game well.  that is to say that when i see someone that may have wronged me, or offended me in some way i have convinced myself & even made myself believe that everything is ok.  but have my words really become a part of who i am; do i believe it in my heart?

the thing about the law; public law [things held up in court] they allow us to be civil; to not have violence & retribution swing out of control.  but the law doesn’t help us deal with our heart; that’s not it’s purpose, not what it was designed to do.

so when Jesus is talking about an “eye for an eye” & “loving your enemy” he’s dealing with a heart issue.  and  pride.  and this is where it gets tough.  we’ve become convinced that if we let go of our hurt & pain that “they” somehow win.  we’re left looking like a fool because we’ve been willing to move on with our lives & not be held captive by the past.  or that we let them off the hook & they should continue to suffer & carry the guilt of what they did for the rest of their lives.

when we agree to lay down our weapons of a hateful heart, malicious feelings toward another it gets right at our pride.  when we can let God do what He does best: restore, recover, repair [sorry, i didn’t mean to illiterate] & rehabilitation.  to live a life that’s different from where it began, to invest again with dignity.

is this you?  is this me?  sometimes i wonder…

speaking up

recently i’ve been thinking about the difficulty of relationships & how that plays out in the life of the church. 

on my facebook page there is a new video entitled “the DAILY mission [march 22,2012]” that deals with this issue, just click the pic to the right to check it out.

one of the things that i’m realizing is that within the church we can be very good @ keeping quiet about things that bother us, tension that exists in our relationship.  when we keep quiet there are several things that can happen, come to the surface.

1 – it gives rise to the status quo

if there is an issue at work in the church and we don’t say anything about it, weather it be a personal issue or a larger organizational issue, there becomes this unspoken thing that exists: don’t rock the boat.  chances are, if you see something that isn’t quite right someone else sees the same thing.  within the status quo there is no openness & honesty.   maintaining the the status quo is the only thing that matters, so do what’s necessary to not ripple the water.

2 – challenges God’s vision for the kingdom

when we speak up & are willing to be open & honest with one another it, by default, does not allow us to be isolated.  we are forced into community.  this reveals the fact that God came to dwell in & among us.  we then recognize the presence of the holy spirit & His activity in our lives, & we then are called to come along side of others as well.

the continual challenge is to be open & honest with one another, telling the truth in love, not harboring bad feelings & treating one another with love, honesty & respect.

we would do well to reflect out the words of paul in 2cor.5:19, living lives of reconciliation.

inflammatory comments

recently i saw a poster dealing with the precarious issue of gays in the military, showing the classic pic of a military man kissing a woman in a white uniform [nurse perhaps] then 2 other pics beside it.  2 men kissing, 2 women kissing.  the caption was to the effect of freedom that’s  protected by military should be honored at home in their right to choose whom they are with.

in church circles especially this issue is a hot button.  a prime scripture that’s referenced is from rom.1:18-32.  as a refresher, paul is writing about the sexual perversion that’s taking place in that city & in the church.

these verses are absolutely true!

HOWEVER, when we toss these verses around [& i don’t mean “toss” in a manner not be-fitting scripture] it gives fuel to the fire that “Christians are on a crusade to tell us how bad our lives are.” it also communicates the idea the God doesn’t love them. important point also, paul is writing to the church in rome, jews & gentiles. so does that mean that we speak differently to church folk, who should know better [v.21 for although they knew God…] as opposed to the not-yet-Christian? i think yes.

i don’t want to be guilty of stoking the fire of judgement. accountability with those i have relationship, yes.

i think it’s so important to tell the truth, even when it hurts & people may not agree & we may loose friends.  so don’t read what i’m not writing here!  what i am saying is that truth is best heard when there is relationship to back it up.  and even then, the truth may not be heard.  but the truth is still the truth…