Archive for September, 2013

Baloney Sandwich

Since when did loving someone mean that you have to agree with them on everything?  Recently I have been seeing this image floating around on Facebook and other places.
Dont judge
The implication is that if I say that homosexuality or some other form of behaviour condemned by God is wrong that I am not loving.
Well that is a big old baloney sandwich if ever I have seen one.  Who would ever say it is unloving to stop my kids from trying to live on cheese puffs and sodas?  What if I actually stood up to a friend and told them that their drinking is going to kill them when they are putting away a fifth of vodka every might when they get off of work.  Or how about teaching my son to drive his car in accordance with the traffic laws?  I doubt any reasonable person would for a moment think that I was being unloving to any of them.
So why would saying this is what God says be any different?  If I am going to claim to live the christian life then does that not include saying what God says is wrong is wrong?  Sure these things are easy.  It is easy enough to speak out about homosexuality, and to be honest I think Christians, myself included, have made the terrible mistake of targeting in on this one sin while turning a blind eye towards some others.

Not just missing the forest for the trees

When was the last time you heard any one claiming to be a christian speaking out against gluttony? Or when did you last hear a sermon talking about how sloth was destroying the fabric of society.  If we are going to live a life that by example points towards God, a life guided by the Christian ethic, then we must not kid ourselves into thinking that only those things that are easy to find fault with and that perhaps you and I have no temptation towards are the ones we should rail against.   It’s so easy to point at something that isn’t and never will be a problem personally, but what about getting the speck out of my own eye while holding others accountable.

Love people, but love them enough to tell them the truth.

Instead we need to adhere to the standard set out by our Master, Jesus.   Be honest about what God has said, yes homosexuality is wrong, see romans chapter 1, but so is drunkenness, lust, gluttony, even that “little white lie.”  As christian men we don’t get to decide what sins count and what ones don’t.  Which parts of the Bible we are going to follow and which we can ignore because it is inconvenient.
Love people enough to tell them the truth.  Even when it’s hard, even when they don’t want to hear it, even if it means making a few enemies.

Are you willing to make some real enemies?

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I killed Him!

English: The National Sin Offering, illustrati...

English: The National Sin Offering, illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Up until today I had always thought of the priest as the one who killed the sacrifice in the Old Testament.  A person would disobey one of the commandments, they would bring a lamb, or what have you depending on the sin and their personal financial status.  The priest would kill the animal and then away they would go.
Leviticus 4:28-29 “Or if his sin which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned.  And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay the sin offering in the place of the burnt offering.”

Who did the killing?


Go ahead read it again, the one who sinned.  Not the priest, the priest would bring the blood before the lord.  But the actual killing was done at the front door.  And it was not done by the priest but by the one who had done wrong.
I sin, I kill.  No one else can do the killing for me.  To do the killing is to take responsibility.  Only by killing the sacrifice can I receive forgiveness, for there can be no forgiveness without the shedding of blood.
Jesus became that sacrifice for you and I.  We killed him by our actions, our failures, our disobedience, our sin.  And tho I know that, I still find myself doing wrong, even when I know what’s right.  Because of that sin he died, that willful, self-indulgence drove the nails through his hands and pierced his side.
If I would only pause a moment before I took that action.  Stopped to see the creator of the universe, his body racked in agony, the consequences of my actions, would I  behave the way I do?  Or would I pause, contemplate the out comes of my actions.  Stopping to take in the pain and suffering I cause because of my selfishness, maybe if I had to physically kill the Lord of all I would not run to sin so quickly.  Yet I don’t, I often just plow ahead doing my own thing.

If you and I really believed that Christ died because of our sins would we ever purposefully sin again?

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