On and Off Topic, Come to the Table
June 14, 2021
The_School_of_Athens__by_Raffaello_Sanzio_da_Urbino - This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.
Quotes to Catch You Off-Guard"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein
"No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens." - Abraham Lincoln (according to some reports)
"A man's life is what his thoughts make it." ~ Marcus Aurelius (Sounds kind-a like Proverbs 23:7)
"No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens." - Abraham Lincoln (according to some reports)"Don't believe everything you read on the internet." - George Washington"Not everyone on the internet is who they claim to be." - Aristotle
"Reich Church" and the "Confessing Church"
When religious gatherings turn into patriotic rallies, one remembers when Christians were called upon to choose between the "Reich Church" and the "Confessing Church" led by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Pastor Martin Niemöller.
Gospel integrity will always conflict with nationalism.
This is not to say that patriotic rallies are bad. Just do not confuse them with religious gatherings or confuse religion with patriotism.
"Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral." — Paulo Freire
On and Off Topic
You can come to social media as a student, teacher, commentator, advocate, seller, consumer, organizer, agitator, friend, community builder, entertainer, predator, gamer, or more or any combination. But whatever you choose, ask, "What can I contribute to others while here?"
Social media is, in part, a library of classics and current literature for me . I cannot learn everything from the titles, but I can make notes for future reading and build a bibliography.
Those who consistently comment on Twitter and FB headlines and summaries without reading the linked articles remind me of students who show up for class discussions without doing the reading homework. They usually get the whole class off topic.
Lord, send a revival.
Show us our sinful ways.
Purge our hearts.
Shake our false foundations, dismantle our pride.
Send us running to you.
We pray against the stirring.
"Lord, send a revival.""I am trying to.""That is not what we meant."
"What did you mean, then?""Well, not that.""Oh, well I thought you might have wanted the full dose."
Be careful about complaining about the tides.]
They may be in answer to your prayers.
Lives that Matter
You do not have to love anyone less in order to love others more.
You do not have to give up your own story in order to hear and embrace the story of another.
You do not have to convince everyone in your tribe of the righteousness of the truth you are finding in order to keep hammering away at it.
This season of conversation is going to be a lot about exposure, relentless exposure to buried truths.
There will be a great deal of monologue and listening.
There will be talk of dismantling and fearful resistance, but everyone knows that dismantling comes before rebuilding and restoration.
Just watch “This Old House.”
There will be ignoring of criticism to be done.
You will have to repeat yourself many times.
You will have to accept that your good arguments will fall on deaf ears for the most part ... but you do not have to win every argument.
You must be true to what God is showing you.
You must participate.
“Send word to my brothers,” cried the rich man to Father Abraham.”
“They already know and have already heard,” replied Father Abraham. They will not believe, my son,” he said, “even if one comes back from the dead.”
Do not love less, those with deaf ears and hard hearts, but neither wait for them to understand and a agree.
Broaden your heart of love and sharpen your focus for what God is doing in this hour.
He has set a national table of conversation and invites all who will come.