A Grandfathers discovery

Guess what I just discovered something as a Grandfather and I really believe that what I discovered is one of the reasons grandchildren bring us so much joy. This thing may also be why Grandkids love their Grandparents in a way that is different from their Parents.

Now I am not saying parents that they love us more. Rather they love us differently from you. Uniquely.

So what am I talking about?

Well simply put it is the way Grandparents celebrate the ordinary.

See I’ve noticed something about myself as a grandfather. Everything that my grandkids do is important to me. Oh don’t get me wrong I took joy and pleasure in the biggies like the first word, and steps, but I also take joy in the normal things they do. Like givimg them cookies, or a Popsicle on a hot day.

I don’t recall these things being as important to me as a parent. I was to busy providing and caring for them to notice the simple things…the ordinary things.

Now though as a Grandfather I get joy in providing the ordinary. Why? Maybe it’s because the pressures off so I can relax and notice the ordinary things like popscicles and cookies. The funny way they go about doing things like getting their toys out of the toy box.

I really believe God is like this also. Jesus tells us in Luke 12:23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
24 “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!

Also I believe that God calls our ordinary extrodinary! Just like Grandparents who make a big deal of little things that parents are to busy to notice at times. Grandparents aren’t and so we call attention to it and celebrate it.

God wants us to celebrate the ordinary in the lives of our grandchildren and children. So embrace His gift of life and celebrate it even if it’s ordinary.

Perhaps

imageJoshua 14: 12 “Now then, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I will drive them out as the Lord has spoken.”

We often let fear dictate the limits of our faith. When in fact our faith should dictate the limits of our fear. Here Caleb shows us that a man of faith who has received a promise from God will walk in it regardless of the obstacles in the way.

the truth is that our faith excels in the land of perhaps. Caleb had no other assurance of success than a simple promise spoken forty plus years before. Yet he remembers it and says perhaps the Lord will be with me.

Real social justice

Often I hear Christians talk about social justice in the sense of feeding and clothing the poor. Most of the time it’s to alieviate some strange sense of guilt they feel about their economic situation or out of some twisted way of thinking that believes that the poor are some how more righteous than the rich.

They become outraged over perceived injustices against people of a lower socio-economic position than they find themselves in. So they point out how God loves the poor, and believe that faith in action is caring for the poor and fighting for them.

Is this really social justice?

To be honest God does love the poor, but he doesn’t love them any more than the rich. They are no more righteous than the wealthy just because they are poor. This isn’t social justice either. Rather it is Marxist theology that is a false view of the gospel.

If you and I want real social justice then let’s stand and fight drugs and alcohol. Think of the homes destroyed that you know of from alcohol alone. How many children have been abused by a drunk mother or father? How many children are wards of the state because of the drug epidemic? Homes destroyed grandparents raising grandchildren because of drugs and alcohol abuse. Where is the Christian brother or Sister helping them?

God is concerned for the poor no doubt but what about the wealthy alcoholic or heroine addict? Why do we not stand up against these sins as a real fight for social justice?

 

What I long for

There is deep desire and longing I have. Something I want to see fulfilled in the church that God eventually allows me to pastor.

I long to see people coming to Christ and miraculously delivered from addiction, and all the bondage of sin through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Where we have to empty and fill the baptistery twice a week to keep the water from getting cloudy, and whereeople are receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit and set on fire for witnessing to those around them.

This is my longing.

Yes, I am exclusive!

I was reminded of this folk tale from India recently and thought about those who say all religions are equal. 

It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approach’d the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
“God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!”

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, -“Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ’tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!”

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a snake!”

The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he,
“‘Tis clear enough the Elephant 
Is very like a tree!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: “E’en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Then, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a rope!”

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

The only person who truly know what an elephant looks like is the person who can actually see the elephant. The point I’m getting at is this: If you say all religions are equal what you are claiming in essence is that you have the ability to see what they don’t. You are claiming to have knowledge that is superior to those who have religion. So your view is really just as exclusive as any religions maybe. Because you claim to have revelation they don’t posses.

I embrace the claim that Christianity is the only way to God and heaven, but tell me what other religion claims to have a Savior who died for his enemies, commands us to love and pursue peace with each other?  

Thanks to Tim Keller!