Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What Do You Want To Do, Today?

A couple of things on Twitter reminded me of several recent posts here.  And several of them have me so flabbergasted  that I’m at a loss for words.  So, please bear with me as we work our way through them.  One of the beauties of Twitter is that it forces you to describe a whole phenomenon in very few words.  And when just a few words is not enough, the tweet will usually include a link to a longer post.  One of the latter was a tweet by The Resurgance about “Tradition vs. Traditionalism”.  It can be found at http://jesus.to/nF7rNY and I urge you to head over there and read the post.  It’s fairly short, well thought out and points no fingers at anyone.  It’ll definitely get you thinking.

Recently, there was a whole discussion on the web about some comments one pastor made about homosexuals, effeminate men and about women.  And I can’t say that I disagree with the negative response to those comments.  I became aware of the discussion because a young lady that I follow on Twitter reposted someone else’s post angrily berating the pastor and his comments.  As I described in another post here, there is a Biblical procedure for dealing with error, starting with going to the person alone and ending (if it needs to go that far) with going before the church.  The young lady who reposted the diatribe admitted she knew of the process but chose to tell the world anyway.  To get more clout to gain her desired outcome.  Shortly after, she commented that she was glad several well known pastors were now counseling this pastor.  Bear with me, because I’m trying to describe this whole chain of events without mentioning names.

Shortly after her statement about the counseling, there was another post from the pastor that seemed like a muddled attempt at explaining what he’d said before.  A few days later, I saw a public apology.  After that, it seemed like things were OK.  The pastor was posting about Biblical subjects that no one was objecting to, the young lady was happily sharing the details of an upcoming trip.  While she was away there were some things she had preset to post in her absence.  One of the choices was very telling – it was a repost of the reposted diatribe after there had already been a public apology.  When she returned, there was a lot about the trip.  Until yesterday, when she tweeted, “I"m tired evangelicals trying to squeeze women into passive roles in predictable stories. Let's write some better stories, ladies!”.  So, her target changed from one pastor to all evangelicals.  And I really have no clue why.

Sometimes I wonder if I can read.  Because there was a tweet that, had I really read it instead of glancing at it and liking what I thought I read, I never would have retweeted it.  The tweeter is a respected religious author and it was a quote from one of his books.  No, I won’t post the page where the book can be purchased, so he can sell more books just to corroborate the context of the quote.  But he tweeted, "I believe most evangelicals serve a God of their own making, yet God loves them all the same."  An extremely broad statement that I’d certainly like to hear more about the context and background of.  Before I condemn it out of hand.  But I’ll suggest some things.

From my perspective, both of these people (and all of us) could do well to think about what’s written several places:
  1. The last section of Decently? In Good Order?
  2. Read and study your Bible beyond the few verses to follow a sermon.  Including the Greek and Hebrew.
The first four are from here.  I don’t consider myself any kind of “end all, be all” authority.  But I’d like to think that 68 years of living, along with a love for the Word, has given me some insight into God’s heartbeat and experience in what to do and what not to do.  Before I was walking with God, I was pretty good at what not to do.  And it took a long time to get rid of some of it.  Which is why  I include number five for all of us.  We all know the verses about how important the Word of God is and that it’s inspired by God.  But it’s the original Scriptures in the original languages that are fully anointed.  The English translations leave something to be desired in expressing the full meaning of the original languages.

Thinking of the unity in this past Saturday’s prayer meeting in Houston, Pastor Jason Moore posted some thoughts on his blog from Ravenhill on prayer.  Another “must read” and it can be found Here: Prayer Grasps Eternity.

There’s power in the Word, in prayer, in fellowship and unity.  Let’s not become so focused on our shortcomings and differences that we lose sight of how alike we are because He is in us.

Question:  How do you work toward healing and unity?

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