If God So Loved the World, Why Does the Church Seem to Hate It So Much?: Thinking Missionally As Citizens of Heaven

Be careful, Christians. When you show more venom toward those who disagree with your politics than love toward those far from God, you are giving mixed signals.

You are telling those who disagree with you that you are not worthy of spending time or talking with them. Then the name calling commences. The posts toward not only those who aren’t followers of Christ but even those who are trying to build bridges as Christians are maligned.

Then, when our “Jesus hat” is put on, we put out verses about how “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son”–without connecting that the world we say we hate and cut off is that very “world” Jesus came to rescue. ““No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money [or material possessions]” (Matthew 6:24).

We sing on Sunday about God’s amazing grace and how it was shown to us, then turn around and show zero grace to others even in our own camp who do not line up with our way of thinking. “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:6).

Please, all of you who name the name of Christ, think missionally first, not nationally nor politically. For all of our concern about the “cancel culture” in our society, we must be careful as Christians not to engage in our own cancelling. “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

Be ready to talk with those who disagree with you. You may find out the “thing beneath the thing” they hold and begin to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:43-44).

Breathe before you pass on that meme or that joke or that gossip. Would you like someone representing you that way, and thus fanning the flame? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:12).

This is an opportunity for Christians to show that their citizenship is primarily in heaven where we model Christ (Philippians 3:20-21). Read the NT and see who Christ hung out with. And see who He reserved His most scathing rebukes for.

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…

Want to be Edgy in 2020? Be an Encourager

When everyone in from politicos to social media flame throwers express their views, the intent is to bring an edge to the conversation. Yet, when so many bring that edge, is it still, well, edgy?

What’s missing from so much dialogue is true encouragement to engage not only the truth but to speak in a manner that upholds those who agree and disagree as full-blown imagebearers of God that have value regardless of race, creed, tax-bracket, or ideology.

By encouragement, I do not mean to encourage someone in their ideology if that ideology leads them down a problematic rather than a primrose path. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Paul exhorts the Thessalonian church to παρακαλεῖτε one another–this has been translated comfort and encourage. The word also has that shadow of paraclete which is a descriptor of the Holy Spirit which means to “call alongside.” Encouragement is about comfort, exhortation, and appealing to someone.

We live in a gotcha culture where even those who name the name of Christ are ready to pounce on those who stray from their particular prescribed path. Popular polemics blogs exist in order to engage in debate, yes, but also to lunge forward and attack all under the umbrella of “discernment.” Yet, the way these ministries and many ministers go about this aspect of discernment shows (1) an absence of grace toward those who disagree with them, and (2) increases the division among the body.

Encouragement does not mean you over look character inconsistencies and doctrinal heresies because, to you, encouragement may mean to always make someone feel good about whatever they may be doing. On the contrary, encouragement means that you are giving them courage and appealing to them to pursue the right course.

There’s a difference between winning an argument and winning a soul or gaining a friend. Polemics is edgy and provides a sense of accomplishment and even victory. But at what cost?

Let’s blaze a trail. Let’s encourage in a biblical way. There is much more to gain and less to lose.

Sunday Sermon: “His Work, Our Work” (John 4:1-42)

Discipleship is using the Word and our lives which have been changed by the Word to pivot people from earthly wisdom to heavenly wisdom. Jesus takes her to a position where goes from exclusively thinking about earthly matters. In this passage, Jesus provides two pivots to shift the paradigm in our hearts and minds. Sometimes the win is just getting folks from Point A (earthly/natural wisdom) to Point B (a heavenly/spiritual wisdom).

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Laziness Should Never Mark Us as Christians

Labor Day should remind us to work for the Lord and to do the Lord’s work. Christians should engage in Kingdom productivity and never be lazy. Labor Day 2020.

Labor Day 2020: Facts, Meaning, and Founding

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-‬24 ESV

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. Proverbs 6:6‭-‬11 ESV

The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!” As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly. Proverbs 26:13‭-‬16 ESV

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