Monday, March 5, 2012
Another Truth About Schism
"I'm praying not only for them
but also for them
who will believe
because of them
their witness about Me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind
just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You...
Then the world might believe that You, in fact, sent Me...
Then they'll be mature in this oneness,
and give the godless world evidence
that You've sent Me
in the same way
You've loved Me."
She/he wanted to be moderator sooooooo badly, wasn't elected, and walked away from...
She/he wanted to be the highest judicial officer in the franchise sooooooo badly, wasn't elected, and walked away from...
The local clergy association splintered because the hardening left and the hardening right - mirror reflections of style if not substance - could not come together on anything even Jesus; so they formed other alliances that begged unity sooooooo badly even as they walked away from...
They wanted their thing to be the or at least a thing of the denomination sooooooo badly, didn't make a good enough case for funding/focus, established a paradenominational to do their thing, and, essentially, walked away from...
Funny how those same cats who want something sooooooo badly, don't get it, and then walk away sooooooo triumphantly like the only ones who've ever read 2 Corinthians 6 not to mention 1 Corinthians 6 sooooooo out of context yet complain when members of "their" churches do the same my-way-or-the-highway jig because they wanted their things sooooooo badly...
Sometimes sheep follow shepherds too closely.
My mom gets mad at me when I mention some lust that I'd like to satisfy.
She comes from the generation that likes to build up their preachers to unrealistic expectations only to tear 'em down when their humanity is inevitably disclosed.
Of course, like most moms, she just cares what other people think of me.
I can't seem to get this through to her: you're damned if you do and damned if you don't which means the best way to live is to dump your garbage before others dig it up in a vain attempt to show how much better they are than...
Kinda like the folks who leave one stinking denomination for another stinking denomination as if someone's ___ don't stink.
Anyway, though it's more of a Berufed longing than lust, she's mad 'cause I expect rich people to bankroll mission journeys like the one(s) that I mentioned in the last edition.
Uh, Jesus said that's what they're/we're supposed to do with what He's entrusted to them/us.
"To those to whom..."
James 4:3 has become the context of all my substantive prayers.
I have no doubt He will provide for every missionary journey - yours/mine/theirs.
When God doesn't provide the resources, I know He hasn't been calling.
Whenever He's calling, He provides.
Hence, as OC wrote, strong calm sanity.
Getting back to that other truth about schism, some folks look in the mirror and see Jesus.
Too much weed?
That's another truth about schism.
You don't have to pay attention to Jesus if you think you are...
Blessings and Love!