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Sunday, February 26, 2006


Lately I’ve read some really disturbing entries in this world of “blogdom”. I’ve read religious judgment and opinion and exclusion and prejudice and nothing short of ‘hate’ in the veiled, protected words of people. It makes me sad that this powerful tool we have; our words are being used to destroy others. It makes me sad that some people desire a platform to engage others in their own evil intentions.

It makes me sad that while we continue to evolve technologically, to the extent that we could survive and thrive without ever leaving our home, we have yet to evolve to maturity by Biblical standards. In our searching and seeking to find more and more and more in the land of excess, we have stepped on, stomped over, and pushed away anyone or anything that threatens our advances in the name of democracy and freedom of speech. We continue to give the enemy earthly victories and literally hand over souls to his efforts as we backstab each other with incredible ferocity.

I continue to hear un-churched and de-churched people deny or renounce Christian beliefs because of these things. Are we so self-serving that the very lives Christ was beaten, bled and died for are of no interest to us? WWJD is dead in our hearts. We’re almost completely immune to the pain of others in our selfish pursuits. Do we even recognize Jesus when He interacts with us? Can we even discern His voice among the crowds?

Some of you continue to pretend there is NO problem and will probably even comment that I’m exaggerating a few very minor incidents. Some of you would say this is all just done in fun. I challenge you to ask the un-churched and de-churched people in your community what they think of “Christians” and “Church”, then listen to the responses. We act NO different then them, yet we profess to be “changed”. We profess our RENEWAL in Christ, yet we walk in the same defeat, with the same “baggage” we had before we encountered Christ’s redemption. When we engage in the idiocy of some of these ‘posts’, we are not only picking up that old baggage, but we are handing it out to others in rapid succession. When we assign ourselves the judge of these posts, in the name of Christianity, we are doing even a greater disservice.

Our parents taught us to leave the beehive alone, because we will get stung…severely. Some of these ‘authors’ are nothing more then a hidden beehive waiting to ‘sting the victory’ right out of you. In the words of our parents, “get away from that, you’re going to get hurt!”

Ephesians 4:1-3 "I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."


Karen said...

I appreciate what you have to say. Your writing is amazing to me. Every day you have something new, interesting, well-written, and most of all- thought provoking to say.

Thank you for commenting on the things I write, fluff and all, and for honoring me with a link in your sidebar. My goodness, what an honor.

With those things said and truly felt, and after reading this day's entry I have to ask: where do you see that I fell in this issue? I truly am curious for your opinion.

kpjara said...

I visited "The Big Trade-Off" after I read your comments one day and it happened to be the posting regarding the "discernment" awards.

The minute I started reading what you wrote I was feeling WITH you, what you were writing. I couldn't have stated in a better way...what you wrote...and YOU were the one being "judged".

I tried to justify the anger that was welling up in me, about these people, with what I've heard many Christian's term "righteous anger". Then, as I continued reading your entry I felt like I was as bad as them for holding that anger.

You said with grace and incredible integrity all that needed to be said. To top it all off your words, your writing, impact me daily in a positive and often light hearted way, how much more to those who don't know Christ!

Thanks for the encouragement and compliments. I hope you know how many people you touch on a daily basis and how many lives are changed because of what you write.

A lot of words to say: You handled the whole thing brilliantly!

Karen said...

Thank you. It means a lot to hear you say what you did. It really does.