Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Just a Few Thoughts

I find myself sometime feeling “burned out” because of the stuff that I read on the internet - the accusations against Christians, Jesus and God. I know God said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” (God can take care of Himself and doesn’t need my help) and I find myself, not wanting to go into defensive mode (because personally I don’t want to defend the “Church” or religion because a lot of time it is wrong, which is what happens most of the time when people take on the unbelieving crowd), but rather I’m saddened because of the people that say “No, God,” don’t know what they are doing. It’s sadder still if they do know.

I’m saddened by the lack of understanding inside and outside the church. Jesus wasn’t about political power. He wasn’t about worldly power. As a Christian we are expected to take sides in political races. If you don’t, you’re considered a ‘bad’ Christians…Hello, I don’t know what the difference between a bad and a good Christian is? “There is none good, no not one.” Worldly power is temporary.

Scripture tells us that God “takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked,” so why should we? I heard an old Jewish proverb about when the Jews crossed the Red Sea. After the sea crashed around the pursuing Egyptians, the Jews were rejoicing and dancing. God rebuked them and told them not to do that because, didn’t His people understand that God loved the Egyptians too.

Those in the church seem to rejoice that God will ‘take care of the sinner’ – if you know what I mean. They rejoice in the calamity that befalls others that aren’t acting ‘right.’ We don’t seem to understand what it means to ‘love your enemies.’ Shoot, the church doesn’t even know how to love each other.

I do understand that there are those outside of the church that are trying to destroy it. I also know there are those inside the church that are trying to destroy it. “He who says he loves God and hates his brother is a liar.” Hmmm.

I don’t believe Jesus died on the cross so we can start competing religions. He died on the cross to make us acceptable to the Father. I Corinthians 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those that believe it is the power of God.”

These are just a few thoughts I thought I would throw out there. So much goes through my head, but I don’t have mega amounts of time.

Blessings and Grace all,


James Flanders (the Bald Preacher Dude) said...

Some great points man!

Carrie said...

Too true! But you know what I've found. The more that my Lord continues to empty me, and fill me with Him, I can't help but love others. This love is no longer of or from me, but from with in me that is of and from Him. His love is so strong that I don't see how I could hide it any more. Does that mean that I don't struggle with "not loving" people lots of time? Uh..that would be a big NO! But I am learning a clearer understanding of how love covers a multiple of sins, how love is patient and long-suffering. These phrases are no longer "rhetoric" that I know SHOULD be true, but true with out me thinking or trying, just is.
I too have been frustrated with this lack of amazing love in our own church that He shares with us. One, I have fallen into pride so many times as if I had found some magical combination to access the "special" Jesus love blessing. Two, I have fallen in to the frustration because so many work so hard to just "not get it," and it really is so simple when Jesus does all the work. Three, I've easily fallen into despair (with very little hope)that so many are missing out on the "good news" the light yoke!
Ok, quick little insight in more of "Carrie-yness." But don't think it is all bad all the time, so many times I get to just treasure the great beauty of His love, and the people whom He loves. It is truly awesome! Thanks for your "few thoughts."

DJ GlenMC said...

Thanks James. your Carrie-yness... amazing...
In our own small ways we are seeing God's grace and love in the little things...
Carrie...couldn't have said it any better...

Blessings and Grace,