God-Blessed, God-Darned Authority

Are we referring to Jesus or a person with less sin than the rest of us? Do we mean that “God appointed” the person to.. whatever position the person holds? Was this person appointed by the Senate? Did the denomination regional superintendent rotate him in for two months? I didn’t know that the Senate was God.. maybe God is a denominational regional superintendent. He must be, because everyone appointed that way is “appointed by God.”

When we treat a pastor or a president as if he has some halo of invisible glory that illumines his brow, we may get upset upon discovering that he doesn’t walk on water. He falls from grace and scandal faces public scorn.. we actually think God is judging him? ..right.

It’s one thing to say, “I’m in charge, like it or leave it. Confront me if you disagree, but live with my answer.” It’s a whole other story to fanfare every other sentence with, “Our Godly Authority..  · · · →

Disconnecter Reloaded

I call them “disconnecters.”

They disconnect.. anything.. friends, family, consequences of life, personal choices, a daily schedule, promises to others, the golden rule. A disconnecter just can’t quite connect the dots between themselves and the world around them.

He’s the classmate who backs into your car and the next day spots you ten bucks and considers you in his debt. He will hang that ten dollars over your head no matter how many times you pay him back. And about his take on backing into your car.. it wasn’t that he has a problem noticing things around him.. it was somehow your fault!

He’s the guy who tells every woman he loves “only her”—but can’t even anticipate that women might not like the fact that he says it to all of them.

On the surface, he might be the cool person that everyone wants to befriend.. until you get to know him.  · · · →

Life Attack

Have you noticed a trend in some places..

Employ people you’ll get labeled “greedy” because “money is in your bank account” before you give it away as paychecks.

Generate honest cash-flow and many governments think you are “hostile toward society.”

Teach that God’s love is our strength and you get accused of “encouraging lawlessness.” It’s difficult to keep morals when you don’t see their value. And it’s hard to see their value if you think they don’t come from a loving God. And it’s hard to believe God loves you when you only learn about morals.

Teach on the benefit of morals and you are “legalistic.”

Promote business ingenuity and educators will say you don’t understand business because you don’t have one of their hundred-thousand-dollar diplomas. Try telling that to Bill Gates, you know, the guy who dropped-out of Harvard.

Build people up and you are accused of “setting them up” for failure—and that the proper way to strengthen people by cutting them down.  · · · →

Redemptive Fire

With increasing awareness of healthy living, the nagging obligation of environmental concern, global philanthropy shifting from lifestyle to fashion, and widespread rediscovery of the U S Constitution, it’s easy to get distracted. Christians aren’t called to create “a better tomorrow for our children and grandchildren.” Yes, we need to eat right, live right, work right, give right, and vote right—and we seem to have forgotten how to do those things. But.. we must make sure we do them for the right reasons.

It is easy to think that diligence—voting and environmental alike—serves the purpose of creating a permanently perfect world. The fountain of eternal youth is a heathen quest. Christians worship a God who heals and grants eternal life through simple faith. The invading government of Jesus that will break through the sky is our hope for future society. While reigning on His throne, Jesus will clean up any oil spill and restore any lost species.  · · · →