I came accross this article today on Mike King’s blog (see Sidebar). The main points are thus:
How has this unfortunate situation come about?1) We have been more focused on sin than the sinner.
2) We have been more concerned with creating a safe society than with making a positive impact on culture.
3) We have bought into the notion that we could effect a change upon society through politics.
4) We have opted for morality over the gospel.
5) We have become the self-appointed last line of defense that God doesn’t need and never asked for.
And the best line is:
Who told us to become the Moral Majority? Why was that the most important thing? If we were listening to Jesus, why wouldn’t we have become the Merciful Minority, infiltrating the world with God’s love?
You can read John Fischer’s article here: The Separation of Church and Hate.
So the family is mostly sick. Lj is getting over it, Heather is in the middle of it and Khobi is about to get it. I went two nights with 2 hours sleep this past week. Really feeling stupid – which is awkward when people ask you something really simple and you can’t figure out what’s going on. It’s probably my deconstructionist philosophy slowed down that is most frustrating. I kind focus on things in a holistic sense and answer the question at the same time!!
That being said, I have been productive lately:
>> I preached in church last week on the latter parts of Mark 12. Used the term revolution frequently and feared that people would dismiss it as “that young pastor”…so I prayed that I would never lose my belief and passion in the revolutionary ways of Jesus Christ. You can listen to the sermon online at our church website (it will only be there for 6 weeks – so get it while it’s hot!). Also, I referred people to two websites within my spreaching, The Simple Way and the Jesus Creed. I also told people to google Gamaliel the Elder so that they could understand where Jesus was putting Himself in the theological context of His day…wondering if anyone did that….AND I gave an NT Wright article about the Historical Jesus and Christian Theology from his website. Can you tell I was trying to make the sermon more than a 20 minute speech? Check it out!