Archive for November, 2012

Only two ways to live

November 15, 2012

I have always thought there are only two ways to live: living out one’s worship of God, or living out of self-worship.  In other words, we either live for God or we try to be God.  I have always thought those who truly desired to live pleasing to God would be intuitively led in that direction.  Those who don’t care, follow their self-centered instincts into their logical conclusion.  And then I just felt short of words to describe what those two lifestyles look like.

Today I was reading Eugene Peterson’s Message bible, and his description in Galations chapter 5, is just perfect.  First is his description of the human condition when we make a god out of self.   I’ll quote it here:

“It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time:  repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; sma;;-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.”

Next is his description of the person trying to please God:

“But what happens when we live God’s way?  He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard–things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity.  We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a bsic holiness permeates things and people.  We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”

I wish I could write like that.  Yes, it is a paraphrase of an actual biblical book, and it is so good!

God help us

November 13, 2012

All of the following are in the news: finances, the fiscal cliff and economic collapse.  I’ve been researching all over the web trying to come up with good ideas about how to prepare for hard times.  Then last night I re-read the bible book of 2 Corinthians.  Right there in chapter one I see that when we come to the end of our own strength and wisdom to get out of a thing, God is there.  When we finally stop struggling and are forced to admit we can’t do any more, we get the help of God.  What God has is the power that raised Jesus from the dead, and the wisdom that created the universe.  What could be better? 

I have to ask myself, do I really believe that?  I realize there are shades of belief.  I have logically worked out for myself that the new testament accounts about Jesus are true, that Jesus is truly God, and that if Jesus promised a thing, it will surely come true.  Thats logical belief.  A step deeper, or maybe a mile deeper is belief that actually trusts God.  Someone once said if a person rode across niagra falls on a bicycle and we saw it, we would say “sure, he can do it again.”  Thats logical belief.  But if he invited me to ride on the handlebars–thats belief of another kind to agree to do it.  That belief is miles deeper than logical belief.  While I think God asks each of His children to be prudent and productive in preparing for the future, He knows there will be a point when we absolutely need Him.  Do we trust Him, and His love to be there?

Who are the objective thinkers

November 11, 2012

I was reading a blog where the writer commented on the reason for the election results.  She claimed the Democrats were so careful to research the facts, it sunk the Republicans.  One of the comments on her blog included this statement:  (I would) “never have voted for Romney because he is a vile person who represents a party that is anti-poor, anti-science, anti-women, anti-minority, anti-gay and anti-anything besides old white Christian men.  Also, its businessmen scum that sunk the economy so anyone who things another one would get us out is pretty wrong.”  He went on about “their” last president being to blame for everything etc.   I just thought it was rather humorous that all this emotionalism was the comment to an article on how the Democrats won on facts.

I thought it was also interesting that Christians were called “haters” by some of the commenters.  Who are the “haters” here?