Happy New Year! May your life in 2015 be filled up, shaken, pressed down, and overflowing with God’s blessings; that’s a whole lot of blessings. Ok, with that said let’s get started for, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man,” (Prov. 6:10).
Modernity is a blessing and a curse. The blessing: Thanks to computers, the internet, and i-phones everything that is known is at our finger tips. The curse: In having everything that is known at our finger tips we have isolated ourselves from one another.
My wife and I recently came across an example of this societal evolution. One day while at Starbucks enjoying coffees we became aware that everyone was connected to the web via their laptop or I-phone, but no one was talking to another person in the room; everyone was connected but disconnection.
January is a time for resolutions, so may I suggest one? This year resolve to set some time apart each day to get connected with God. After all, God is the source of all knowledge, and the one who blesses.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
– King James Bible “Authorized Version”, Cambridge Edition
On an episode of the Simpson’s Homer asked his neighbor Ned Flanders where he had been? Ned replies, “We went away to a Christian camp. We were learning how to be more judgmental.” It’s funny because Ned and Homer are cartoons. Unfortunately it gives the world ammunition to respond, “Yeah, those Christians are always judging.”
Jesus taught not to look for the speck of dust in another’s eye while ignoring the plank in your own eye (Cf. Matt 7:1-5). He used the eye as the foundation for the teaching because it is the most sensitive part of our body. He was teaching to look at yourself first when you must judge, and then to be sensitive when judging.
Often when judging others we are actually complimenting ourselves that we are not that way; we are saying we are not a sinner, and that is a lie from the very gates of hell. Here’s my point: Instead of judging, start preaching the Word and doing the work of Jesus, for that is what changes people. For the most part leave the judging to Jesus, but when you must judge, look to yourself first and then be discreet.
I’m a sinner and so are you,
There are a number of protests going on right now; some are quiet while others are causing damage. I understand the anger and frustration on both sides of the issue, but the situation is at checkmate, for if you do away with the police you have no order, and when there is no order there is a call for more police. Rodney King’s, “Can’t we all just get along,” doesn’t go very far in this world.
I couldn’t take the irony of the mobs calling for justice while breaking windows, so I turned the TV off and turned to John 19; the crucifixion of Jesus. Six trials with no verdict of guilt, yet his protesters shouted crucify him! One word kept coming to my mind: Unfair.
In thinking about the crucifixion of Jesus I recalled a short poem:
“How can it be the righteous one is punished & I go free?
How can it be the cross meant loss, yet it is victory for me?
How can it be that I gain the kingdom through a hideous tree?”
It’s called grace, and there is nothing fair about it. Because of Jesus I learned this: Never expect justice in this world, but I never stop giving it.