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Archive for June 2009

Random thoughts from the week:

In the last week I’ve witnessed the hand of God move in a powerful way. While in DC I spent a great deal of time in prayer about several issues going on up there and over the next week God came through in an incredible fashion.  For example my oldest daughter’s boyfriend’s rental was being foreclosed on. His roomie found places for everyone. Boyfriend’s place is a room in a large home. When Daughter and Boyfriend walked in they saw a man that she had been seeing at the Prayer Furnace. A place they go to that is similar to International House of Prayer. Boyfriend has been seeking a deeper walk and this is it.

When they headed off on their mission trip to Peru their flight was cancelled due to mechanical failure. Then their plane ended up being late and they missed the connecting flight from Dallas. And they were then sent to Los Angeles. LA to Peru and not Miami to Peru??? And it was at LAX where a friend was coming in that morning. Now mechanical failure prevented them from seeing this friend, but the moral of this story is that any sort of change in schedule is probably God-ordained. He will move planes around to get people together.

Twitter has overnight revolutionized a nation and the world. A friend of mine named Kathy wrote: “what if there had been Twitter in the Holocaust? Vietnam?” Exactly…and the cool thing is that people are twittering back ideas for the revolt. We have to remember what Martin Luther King, Jr said in his Letter From A Birmingham Jail: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We have to help those whose voice have been taken from them, because one day you might need a voice.

My last thought for today is this…as you know I’m from the South and I’m a conservative. So many times were hear about someone being “worldly.” Worldly means television, internet, Facebook, or whatever. Long ago it was listening to the regular radio station rather than the Christian station. Today I wondered if “worldly thinking” with Jesus might not be so much secular radio or embracing equality, but maybe being in the world is more a heart thing: lust, envy, greed, pride, etc. Pastor A envies Pastor B’s church and that is worldly. Just a thought…

My summary of all these random thoughts: trust God is moving even when it seems like all is lost; speak out against injustice because you never know when it might happen and you need a hand; don’t judge by regional standards of what is God. God is moving and just because He is late doesn’t mean he isn’t working—he might have a plane to re-route on your behalf. Finally, remember Jesus came and died for us. He gave us grace when we didn’t and don’t deserve it. Go and do likewise!

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Last week the girls and I vacationed in the Washington, DC area, and were able to get in a few hours at the Smithsonian. As an added bonus we got to see the new Night in the Museum movie at the Air and Space Museum. What a treat! However, this week the series of museums were in the news when a shooter went into the Holocaust Museum with a gun and killed a guard. It was his hatred and feeling of superiority that led him there.

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I’m quite familiar with that type of attitude. In 1964, when I was ten, we moved into the heart of the KKK. In an effort to recruit my father (futile effort), he was made privy to physical acts of violence against African Americans in that year and place. The men who did this had hearts that were warped in a superiority-type of hatred for another group of people.

Amid all this with the shooter and the reminder of modern-day hate crimes, I’ve become increasingly concerned about the issues around legalism. This problem occurs when we believe we’re superior. We might not be shooters or even have an active “soap box,” but I challenge my fellow conservatives to step back and look at our actions….in a way that we make sure we’re never guilty of this aire of superiority.

One story that my oldest daughter told me was about a girl who had been active in church, then got a new boyfriend and eventually moved in with him. Now she isn’t permitted in church. What???? What’s this Body of Believers thinking? Is the church a social club for the “good people”–oh yes, good people, I guess that never sin.

Sin is more than just the outward and obvious. It is all about the heart. Remember the Pharisees…they did everything right according to the Law. However, Jesus wasn’t impressed with their pure actions, and said their hearts were sinful–just as sinful as those men in Fosters, AL in 1964. As conservatives we somehow tend to overlook the heart-based sins and instead point fingers at those who are in a “sin” that we can see with our eyes.

Therefore, my conservative friends, please examine your heart. When you judge by the length of a person’s hair, skirt, relationships, or the type of praise music and style of worshiping the Lord, etc. you are judging by externals. Turn and allow the Lord to move within you to more understanding, an act of grace, or examine your own heart for the personal issues you need to address.

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. Gal. 5:13-15.