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Christians and Politics

This is what I’ve been trying to say for weeks now.  I couldn’t say it.  Henry Neufeld can.  Amen, Henry.

“I can’t tell you how much it bothers me to hear the ramblings of groups such as the Family Research Council, which seem to think we can pass laws to improve “morality” in our country. That’s just not the case. God himself gave us the choice to make our own decisions. Which of us is above God?

Donny speaks largely about the pornography industry, but I think we need to get our focus as a church on reaching and healing people, and not so much on making laws. I do fully believe Christians should be involved politically and should live out their Christian principles in their involvement. But as a church we have been given the gospel message and the task of using it to be witnesses and to make disciples.”–Henry Neufeld

Thank, Henry.

Henry blogs at Threads from Henry’s Web .

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On the heels of tragedy…

I think there is another facet to this statement: “…a majority of the things that we find wrong with other people really stem from things that are unsatisfying about ourselves.”

When tragedy strikes, we are given “permission” to express ourselves in light of it. However, some groups and individuals take advantage of that “permission” in order to highlight issues that discontent them. We make an opportunity out of a tragedy in the name of some issue that discontents us–we “proof text” the situation, if you will. Gun control folks are going crazy right now. Issues of immigration and individual rights are coming up.

Is it appropriate to raise these kinds of questions? (the real question here is is: are these things the cause?)  Is it appropriate to raise them today?

more responses to Virginia Tech

From Alan Bevere… 

A beautiful image and prayer from Locusts and Honey…

A responsive prayer from the Faithful Skeptic 

From Threads from Henry’s Web… 

From emergingumc… 

jim’s maxims and a prayer

I still believe that a majority of the things that we find wrong with other people really stem from things that are unsatisfying about ourselves.That’s a bitter pill to swallow sometimes. Then again, the treatment isn’t always pleasant, but it gets the job done.

When you wear a lot of hats, sometimes you wish you could wear the other one a little more.

Sometimes it’s better not to talk.

Sometimes it’s better to be graceful than to do what feels satisfying.

God is bigger than you.

To our prayers, O Lord, we join our unfeigned thanks for all your mercies; for our being, for our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and raiment, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life. Above all, we adore your mercy in sending your only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and eternal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty towards you. We bless you for your patience with us, nothwithstanding our many and great provocations; for all the directions, assistances, and comforts of your Holy Spirit; for your continual care and watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives; and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day; beseeching you to continue your blessings to us, and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to his laws, through whose merits and intercession we received them all, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

i felt my church strangely warmed…

It’s cold in the south today. We turned on the heat. But that’s not quite it…

I am trying to figure out the church. I’ve been a part of it for the better part of 10 years and I’ve served in it for 8 of those years. What is this organic being that I am a part of? What is it like? What is wonderful about it? What is challenging about it?

I’ve got the text book definitions down and I can show you Biblical examples and descriptions. It’s only a slice of it. In a sweet, unexpected moment today (and it’s Monday), church is redefined in my heart. This organic thing won’t be pinned down.  It seems that I can’t “know” it as much as I can “be in relationship” with it.  What a humbling way to serve!

Read these prayers from todays readings:

Gracious Father, we pray for your holy Catholic* Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Savior. Amen.

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This is all spoken in a warm way–with a warmed heart.

What about church for you and your community? What is beautiful about it? What about it is the evident body of Christ?

*= universal. as a good methodist, i felt the need to include this…

skull

TIME.com posted this cartoon:

Whether you agree or not, this is a compelling lens to see our world through.