Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Perspective...

We're complaining about gas prices. What will these folks do? It's not like you can sneak outside for a few minutes.

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Way to Go Governor!

A Theology of Fear

Last Friday, while I was mowing my lawn, two ladies decided to "interrupt" me. The Jehovah's Witnesses were in town! We had a pleasant conversation. I listened. (My theory with the JWs and the Mormons is that if they waste their time with me, they have less time to "instruct" those who don't know better.)

What I heard was a theology of fear. She kept indicating that the world was falling apart: Gas prices, food shortages, warfare, and the like. She used Scripture out of context to prover her point.

Toward the end of the conversation, she asked if I would like the book "What Does the Bible Really Say?" I agreed. (Again, the more resources I take, the less are on the market for those who may not have discernment.) She then asked if she could come back again. I said, "Yes."

My plans are to listen some more and then ask questions not for my sake, but for hers. Why not share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who don't yet know?

The visit, while friendly, was pure fear tactics. The JWs were trying to scare me into believing.

Jesus doesn't evangelize this way. Christ's message is not of fear, but invitation. He meets people where they are (applying Law or Gospel as necessary) with the goal of winning their soul and calming fears as a Father to His child. Jesus is the fulfillment of Psalm 37, the very passage the JWs were using out of context to "win me over."

The Gospel lesson for this last Sunday is an example of Christ's message for our daily living. Unfortunately we often read this text as law, "Stop worrying!" However, the Gospel application is "God will take care of you, relax."

" “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (Matthew 6:25-34, ESV)
Watch the media, listen to the political campaigns. The theology of fear is rampant! However, remember Christ is in control. Yes, rising gas prices are a reality. No doubt there is less food available in the market due to ethanol. But let us not give up on the message of Christ: "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

Don't fall for the theology of fear. God will take care of us. Relax!

(I'll keep you posted regarding the JWs.)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Remember!



While many are celebrating the unofficial start of summer, please remember to pause and remember those who died serving our country. Their ultimate sacrifice has given us the freedoms that we enjoy!


Sunday, May 25, 2008

I'll Try Again...

It's been over five months since I've blogged. I feel bad. Please forgive me. There certainly hasn't been a famine of topics. I've just been busy doing other things.

Originally the goal of this blog was to discuss issues that relate to Christianity and American society. What are some topics that you would like to see? Is there anything that hasn't been covered on the Internet?