It’s Friday and we’re moving into a 3 day weekend…Yeah!!!
Today, I feel like rambling a bit.
I wrote a little while ago about how I really don’t want to use my blog as a place for debate. I know there are probably people out there who will disagree with what I have to say. You’re human and so am I. I don’t claim to have a dogmatic lock on views. I believe that disciples should be teachable, not dogmatic.
Which brings me to the reason for this part of these ruminations, do I think what I have to say is important? The answer to that is yes and no. Sometimes I think (key word “think”) what I say is important. I have spent too many years plopped down in a church pew accepting what I was taught at the feet of the “learned” crowd. I have issue basically with those that know scripture, but they don’t know love. (Could this be along the lines of “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof?” Or how about, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.2 Tim 3:7. We like to think this about non-christians, but how about those who claim to be in the body.) (This is an EDIT to my original post. This sentence "We like to think..." was in the wrong place in my post. Cut and paste is good if used right...LOL)
All Scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 2 Tim 3:16. ALL of it is profitable. Not just the convenient pieces. (That’s a comment for everyone who are studying the elephant with the blindfolds on…LOL…Maybe I’ll share that rambling one day.)
Jesus was critical of the religious people of His day saying, “They knew the law, they just didn’t know the spirit behind the law.” Why was the law in place? What was its purpose? But then the ‘tradition’ argument gets used too. “You should know the ‘tradition’ of why the ‘church’ does this.” Jesus said once, “Why do you transgress the law of God by your traditions?” I saw a poster that said, “Just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t mean it’s not incredibly stupid.” Funny, but it makes a point.
I have a job. It has lots of people. Without getting into details there are a number of people (who probably go to church) who won’t do what is asked of them because “it’s not their job.” Didn’t Jesus talk about going the “extra mile?” Seems some people can’t even take it upon themselves to walk across a room for someone. Our country seems to be going in that direction. There are those in power who want to force people to be ‘charitable’ while avoiding doing anything themselves.
I read a paper from someone who was critical of government welfare because it takes the compassion out of giving. “Hey, why should I give and be a part of the process, and be a part of people’s lives when the government will do it for me?” The story of the good Samaritan had nothing to do with the government forcing compassion, nor getting the government to take from some to give to others.
Robin Hood didn’t “steal from the rich to give to the poor.” He stole from the government what it took from the peasants through over taxing and he gave it back to the people.
A friend of mine just started signing his emails with “How about you try loving God first, and loving your neighbor, before you start to criticize me for what I’m doing wrong.”
All I ask from anyone who reads my blog’s stuff, “Don’t take my word for anything. Come to Jesus yourself and hear what He has to say.”
These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily [to find out] whether these things were so. Acts 17:11
“I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness [comes] through the law, then Christ died in vain.” Galatians 2:21.
Be blessed. Be a blessing.
I loves me some Pink Floyd with a side order of asparagus with a nice cheese sauce, and a little white wine maybe a piece of cherry pie for dessert.