Something I’ve been wrestling with for a while. I try to be open-minded and loving, but it seems to be harder to be seen as open-minded so I post this challenging question not as a way of being harsh, but merely to show the difficulty of living by your convictions. My hope is always to agree if I can, to disagree agreeably when I can’t and to always be loving. Hopefully that will always shine through.
I know Jesus told us people would hate us and I’m realistic enough to understand that we have sometimes brought it on ourselves. Oh well, love the people who hate you and pray for people who persecute you.
For a creative failure is not an option… It’s a necessity an obligation. If you never fail, you’ll never create anything new.
When I look at the complexity of the world and everything in it, the thought that it all happened by accident seems to require way too much faith. It’s far easier to believe that the universe is the creation of an amazing and superior mind. That mind’s name is Jesus.
Sometimes you just have to stick to your convictions until proven wrong. Confidence in your position is okay…
I go on Facebook every day and see terrible things people post about Christianity and I wonder, would people get away with posting this about any other people group. Don’t worry, I’m not going to play the victim here, I just want to make people think a little. Jesus told us people would hate us, preparing us in advance. The best I can do is make sure that if you hate me it’s because of my faith and not because I’m a jerk.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, grandmoms and all the other important woman in our lives!
A wise person once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” By this definition there are a lot of people in this world that are stark, raving, loony. If you’re not getting the results you want out of life, for crying out loud, do something different. There are few things in this world that cannot be changed, God, Jesus and the Bible, mainly. There are a few things that should not be changed, like your family and good positive friendships. Most everything else is fair game.
How many times have you heard it? When you ask someone why they do what they do, they simply say, that’s the way we’ve always done it. Can I tell you nothing great has ever been created or invented by doing things the way we’ve always done them. “That’s the way we’ve always done it” is not a valid reason. Break out of your comfort zone, kick out the sides of the box and create something new!
So many people, especially Christians, lament the condition of our culture. That is nearly worthless. If we want to change culture, the answer is to use our God-given gifts and create new cultural offerings. This goes far beyond creating more for a Christian subculture. We must create things that communicate the message of the Gospel beyond the walls of the church.
I guess here’s where it all comes down to for me when it comes to hypocrisy. So many people want to point fingers and scream hypocrite at Christians and yet my question is, “Is there anyone who always totally lives up to his or her moral code?” The answer is no. Don’t get me wrong I know we earn some of this when we get judgmental and forget about the grace we have received and I suppose to some extent it’s good that folks expect more from us, but at the end of the day we’re all just a bunch of broken people trying to navigate life in a tough world. Finding and following Jesus has really helped me in this pursuit. I wish I could follow Him perfectly, but I can’t. The best I can do is try a little harder today than I did yesterday, be a little more loving and try to makeup for my failures that involved others. I’m not a hypocrite, I just have a way to go.
Imperfection is NOT Hypocrisy. I get really tired of people heaping the criticism on Christians that we’re hypocrites. We’re flawed broken people like everyone else. We’ve found the answer in Jesus. Many of us try to live for him and follow His example. but needless to say we’re not always going to get it right. More on this tomorrow.
Am I intolerant? Is it your fault? These questions may be harder than you think. You see I am of the opinion that what passes for tolerance today is really anything but. I have things I think and feel and believe. I believe they are right. I may not agree with what you think or feel or believe. I may even (shudder) think you’re wrong. Does that make me intolerant? I don’t think so.
Perhaps if I hated you for what you think or feel or believe, then it would, but I don’t. I follow one who commanded me to love friends, neighbors and even enemies and those who hate me, and that’s what I try (admittedly imperfectly at times) to do. There’s this old song that says “there ain’t no good guys, there ain’t no bad guys, there’s only you and me and we just disagree.” I love that. Why can’t it be like that? I think I’m right. You think you’re right. Why can’t we just have a conversation? I’ll try to sway you to my side, you try to sway me to your side and if we can’t agree, we’ll still be friends.
Thinking you’re wrong doesn’t make me intolerant. If it does, you’re intolerant too, now aren’t you?
For almost as long as I can remember, I have been drawing creatures. I like drawing them for a lot of reasons, in the context of this post, the reason is simple. I don’t want anyone to feel like they’re being singled out. I’m questioning the status quo, taking the conventional wisdom to task. They’re not meant to offend, just to provoke thought and start a conversation. Sometimes they’ll stand alone and sometimes they will be accompanied by a blog post. I sign the pieces CREACHER. Taken from 2 Corinthians 5:17, which in the KJV says, “Therefore if an man be in Christ, he is a new Creature…” Creature combined with preacher (which I also am)= “CREACHER” It’s not exactly an alter ego, more of a pen name. Post them, publish them, spread them around, take them viral. And if you really like the cartoon, you can click on the image and buy it on a shirt from our Zazzle store.