Friday, December 23, 2011

Am I willing to imitate Jesus by hanging out with "scum"?

Am I willing to imitate Jesus by hanging out with "scum"? Do I live with the conviction that sinful people aren't scum at all to Jesus, but rather those to whom he and his followers (including me!) have been sent?

For more from this challenging essay at The High Calling blog, go here.

'Prostitute' is Our Name for Them, not His.

I sometimes wonder if Heaven’s walls are pitted with holes left by Jesus’ head as he watches how we try to be his Body on Earth. The more I learn about my faith the more I realise that I am getting it wrong, taking it too far or not taking it far enough.

One example that I’ve been thinking about recently is the way we talk about Jesus hanging out with prostitutes. As a speaker and mentor, I’ve talked about this a lot as well as hearing many other speakers and pastors do the same. And we all seem to emphasise the same thing: How amazing it is that God with skin on would spend time with someone who sells their body for money.

It’s amazing to me how I can be so right and so wrong at the same time.

If the writer of this got your attention, read the rest of his essay here.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I don't have so therefore I want to take yours

Since when did hard work, good business decisions, taking risks and using God given talents and abilities turn into "economic inequality" for those who didn't do any of the aforementioned??? We are our own worst enemy when it comes to greed and wanting what others worked hard for. If we can't attain it ourselves, then we want to take it from others. This is simply not right nor is it moral (to use some of the same rhetoric being used in the economic equality wars).