I was talking with my Dad today, who is reading the new Rob Bell book that I gave him for Christmas, Jesus Came to Save the Christians. I read it last week and it brings up some big questions (honestly, it says things that I hear NO other prominent American Christian authors saying. Stuff I agree with. A lot.)
So anyways, I’m talking with my dad and we’re discussing how we are trying to grow to the place where nothing else matters except Jesus and the gospel (to live is Christ, to die is gain). We believe that striving to live this way has huge implications in the way you think (and vote) about issues today. Like how much energy should we spend on fighting gay marriage in the U.S. Like how we try to eliminate abortion. Like how pastors preach and what they speak out about and how they enter people’s real lives.
So in the middle of this conversation I remark that living this way always gets me in trouble.
In trouble with Christians.
Really, it gets me in trouble with hyper-churched people.
The gospel will always get you in trouble with the people who want to have power and control.
Then, very quickly, I puke in my mouth.
It is a fine line to keep from getting trouble for being a (insert your idea here; I eliminated the word because I’m Canadian and I think the word I wrote was a cuss in the U.S., thanks Chelsea) and for getting in trouble for living and breathing the gospel. One is done ignorantly and the latter is done full of love.
So, I developed one of my resolutions for 2009: I want to love Jesus and love people to the extent that it gets me in trouble.
Especially in trouble from people who want power and control instead of Jesus.
Should be a great year!
Here’s my Christmas predicitons, feel free to add your own!
Love will defeat fear.
Life will defeat death.
Hope will defeat despair.
Freedom will defeat slavery.
The Church will defeat Hell.
Jesus will defeat Caesar (no matter which Caesar you mean).
New Orleans will defeat Orlando.
Phoenix will defeat San Antonio.
Boston will defeat L.A.
Cleveland will defeat Washington.
Portland will defeat Dallas.
Snow will defeat global warming.
Facebook will defeat productivity.
I will defeat everyone at Settlers of Catan. Even though I don’t even know what that means.
Unicorns will defeat minataurs.
Mom will defeat me at Wii bowling.
This is a stunning video that I want to show everyone I possibly can. It’s great to hear honesty and to help people understand that honest conversations are wonderful and bring joy to Jesus. If you care at all about heaven and hell, this video will give you something to think about.
Today was a really unique day, so instead of a regular check-in, I’m going to list out the things I was thankful for today, and then you can guess at what my day was like. There’ll be cash and prizes for the winners, supplied by my blog sponsors. In other news, I have no blog sponsors…so on with the list:
- My ability to fall back asleep after Khobi knocks my phone off the night stand
- Running Water
- The internets
- The customer service line
- The redial button
- Krispy Kreme
- Radiant Heat
- Portable DVD players
- Power Rangers
- The guy who invented the spray water for the winshield
- mountains, snow and trees
- Experience crossing borders
- GPS again
- drain holes in chuck taylor shoes
- reheated pizza
- tomatoes and lettuce
- Family guy
- and finally, my blog!
Here’s a prescription for you if you are feeling a little down, like you just can’t carry on. Don’t loose hope, just listen to a youtube!
Cost per year to achieve basic health and nutrition for the entire world: $13 billion
Clean water for all the world: $9 billion
Basic education for the world’s children: $6 billion
Total amount the US spends on Christmas each year: $450 billion
That’s 16 years worth of food, water, and education for the world.
Initial cost of the US Government bailout of failing financial institutions: $700 billion
That’s 25 years worth of food, water, and education for the world.
Who is our neighbor? Is it the bank? Is it the hungry, thirsty and ignorant?
I figure after 31 years of life, it’s time for me to pass on some of the vast array of knowledge I have gathered. So, this is an ongoing series in the reorient blog. No thanks required, and feel free to add your tips to my lists. This week came to me in email form from my Aunt Lynn in Ontario.
1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars so that they slow down. Bonus: When the police come to visit you, tell them you were contributing to global warming.
2. Put decaf in the coffee machine at work for 21 work days. Then switch it to espresso.
3. When writing checks, write in the memo line, “For Smuggling Diamonds – Thanks!”
4. Finish all your sentences with, “In Accordance with the prophecy”.
5. Skip as often as possible. Skipping is American. Walking is what communists do. They definitely do not skip.
6. When ordering at the drive through, make sure to specify that your order is ‘to-go’. The guy taking your order will appreciate it.
7. Put a mosquito net around your desk at work or school. Make tropical noises with your mouth. Monkeys and insect noises work best. This will raise awareness for people.