I'm wary of people who love Jesus sooooooo much while hating everybody else.
I'm wary of people who boast personal peace yet always look so angry about something/someone.
That's because Biblical revelation notes over and over and over again that people who are authentically close to Jesus don't hate and don't always look angry.
Read Galatians 5:19-26 for proofs of proximity to Jesus.
The previous section is ecumenical.
The next one is parochial.
The last one is...
My denomination has a thanatos libido.
Increasingly, it allows/promotes insults to the holiness of Jesus as attested in Holy Scripture.
It has not had an increase in membership for almost as long as the Cubs' drought of winning a World Series.
It appears about to make a new rule to void an old rule that will accelerate the exodus from it.
Parenthetically, you can learn about the specifics by going to www.churchandworld.com, www.pcusa.org, or www.layman.org which do a much better job on that kinda stuff than I could ever do; and, besides, I'm not into debating any of those perpetually divisive issues anymore because there are so many more folks out there from the way left and way right who are killing our denomination who are far more erudite on 'em than moi.
I'm just kinda making a little prediction kinda like I did on the Super Bowl in the 1/27/11 edition of KD that I, uh, predict will be sorrowfully yet equally accurate.
If the new rule to void the old rule becomes the new rule, it will make the fall-out over Angela Davis way back then seem like Dolly Parton following Twiggy to the beach.
Again, what I think of the unnamed issue at hand isn't that important; because, well, uh, again, there are many others from the way left and way right and even everywhere in between who can pontificate on it in a much more convincing way than moi.
That's why I've stepped back from the debates.
We don't need more fire.
Yeah, we could use more light.
That's old...but right on.
But what we really need is more love.
Now read the first section again.
One more thought.
I'm really, really, really hoping/praying God is really, really, really as gracious/forgiving as I've been preaching/teaching/counseling in the past decade or so; 'cause if He ain't, I predict infinitely more fire if you know what I mean.
Do you remember how I said in the last edition of KD that I often resonate with Paul?
Here's one more; probably the biggest.
Either translation will...
Blessings and Love!
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