20050528

theological vs. political

it never seems to amaze me but what starts as "theological" soon turns to the "political" (and i am so not into politics :) ). we start talking about the poor, and it turns to what the government is doing, or not doing - we speak of killing people and it turns to the "politics" of killing - we talk of care, and then right to the politics - we speak of greed and again - politics. we are also very willing to condemn the views of others and question their christianity because they do not belong to the "right political party." when we ask people to leave the church because we disagree with what they say or do, we have turned the theological into the political. i can think of two cases right off the top of my head, both dealing with the SBC where people who did not hold "popular political positions" were asked to leave the church; the "NC9" (9 members of the east waynesville baptist church [google]) and "judge greer" from the schiavo case (who attended calvary baptist church in clearwater [google]). why? are we that lost to the word of God that we seek guidance from political minds instead of God? are we that lost that we think humans have a better solution then God does?

the idea of politics, and the function of politics, has nothing to do with what we are to be as christians. my faith governs my views, my views do not govern my faith. the biggest problem i see, and i have noticed in others as well, is that how one views politics is how one views scripture - people are defining what God says against the political views they hold. i see this as the biggest problem facing the church today - allowing politics into our faith, instead of allowing our faith to influence our politics. now, i an certain some will think that they are allowing their faith to guide their politics, but i wonder - is that the case? for me, it's hard and a process i am working on daily. i strive hard to go beyond me, and into others. while people involved in politics think they are "helping others" their "help" is always governed by what they get out of it, or how it will help a friend. my faith tells me that if i gain, then i am not seeing the other person first, and if i benefit then i have another motive besides the heart of christ to help others. when i hear politics, it is not the voices i desire to hear.

as a christian i believe in the following as it pertains to my walk with christ:
i follow the teachings of christ, and reject all political points of view: if, during the conversation a theological view is being expressed politically, i will walk away. for example, if we are talking about how we care for the homeless and hungry, and we start to discuss what the government is and is not doing, then we are no longer speaking of what our faith tells us we must do and we are placing the "blame" on another - i desire not to be involved in that conversation. my heart is to help, not to be concerned with how little others are doing. i believe it defeats the purpose of my faith, and moves me to a place where nothing will be done.

i am willing to go against the "norm" because i believe God is leading me to another place: i am very willing to reject the teachings of humanity, and walk in the light of christ. i believe we are to follow the teachings of christ 100% and no less. this idea that we cannot because we are "fallen" is wrong, and negates his death on the cross and the relationship we hold with God through christ. when we use the "fallen state of humanity" we are using a false argument that simply shows we do not grasp the reality of christ in our lives. as a christian we are changed - we are new - we think differently and we seek to help others out of love. as a christian i am willing to stand against the push of humanity, and go with the flow of christ.

i will only follow the teachings of christ, not the desires of man - not matter the results: i will not change my views based on human desires, or perceived benefits. my faith is not governed or directed by the desires of man, but rather by the grace and love of christ. if lying will help a person, i still refuse to lie. while the "instant" result might help that person, the long term effect might not - and the slope one starts to fall on at that point may not stop sliding.

i will always apply grace in my walk, and not law: because i confess my sins, and not the sins of others i seek grace over law. i do not live in the "law of moses" i live in the grace of christ - living in grace is much harder then living in law - law is "black and white" and grace is all the colors in between. grace requires i go beyond the self and into the hearts of others - grace requires i connect, interact and most of all i love, forgive and accept.

i seek to be right in the eyes of God and not in the eyes of man: i do not care if my views are accepted by others; i only care that i am walking in faith as i see God leading me. if i believe a particular view is right in the eyes of God, no matter how many people tell me i am wrong, i will not move from what i believe God is telling me via his word. i refuse to be "bullied" into a position i believe violates the word of God to make others happy: no amount of pressure will get me off task to follow God. but that is not to say i discount community and the value others bring to my life.

20050524

who's a nerd?

i knew i was not a nerd, but did i realize i was "not" to this extent :)

I am nerdier than 9% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

no matter what it says, i am not "anti-nerd" - i am just pro-fun :)

20050523

connection church

we have been so busy with getting the house ready for sale that i never posted on what great news we have :)

i have been offered, and i accepted, the position of "lead pastor" with "connection church" - and we are so very excited. connection is a church located in hickory north carolina and it is so much more then just a "church" - it is a dynamic, exciting, caring, loving, forgiving, expressive, "connective" group of people - their collective heart is expressed in their willingness to serve the community [without expecting any return] and their willingness to openly help and love everyone who enters the gathering.

we spent 11 days eating, talking, laughing, embracing, knowing, and "connecting" to people we felt we knew all our lives. we know God is in this in many ways and we trust in His plans for us and our new family and friends at connection.

also, we are in the process of developing a very cool worship center - it will be a "bistro/coffee shop" durring the week and a place were we can worship and gather as a community as we need - and we can sure use some financial help:) so, if you have some extra money sitting around, and you would like to help us get "connection 247" off and running we would love the help :) you can get the address by clicking this link [this link] anything you can do would be very cool :)

20050520

a few things

first thing, never mow the lawn and wash/wax the car when you shave your head - man, that sun hurts :)

second thing, lists - they drive me crazy and i hate them, so here is my "10 things i hate about 10 thing lists:"

1. they are not always funny.
2. large boils, it has nothing to do with the list - i just hate large boils
3. everyone is doing it so it seems cool
4. i would rather do a "8 things" list
5. sometimes they just seem like they are grabing for ideas (look at number 2)
6. things seem to be repeated all the time
7. things seem to be repeated all the time
8. sometimes it's hard to come up with 10 things, so you need to repeat
9. it seems to be an over kill of things people like or dislike
10. i just hate lists

just my thoughts today :)

20050517

what's your world view?

i was over visiting tim's blog and he had taken this little test - now, given that i am such a
test freak i needed to take it too - here is where i cam out:



You scored as a Postmodernist


Postmodernism is the belief in complete open interpretation. You see the universe as a collection of information with varying ways of putting it together. There is no absolute truth for you; even the most hardened facts are open to interpretation. Meaning relies on context and even the language you use to describe things should be subject to analysis.


 

Postmodernist

100%

Cultural Creative

94%

Idealist

81%

Romanticist

63%

Materialist

50%

Existentialist

50%

Modernist

44%

Fundamentalist

44%
 
What is Your World View? (corrected...hopefully)
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20050512

old ideas, new visions

about three years ago i ran across somthing that caused me to think greatly - and it had a very powerful impact on who i was and how i saw a faith community. thye were the "10 vows" set forth by vineyard. recently, jordon, andrew, alan and others have been bring up the vows and starting to talk about them again - and that is very cool. while i am still in process concering the idea of "communal" living [and i tend to think it's a cool idea] i think the "vows" are centeral to a community, no matter the style.

simplicity - a frugal and focused life.
community - a shared and stable life.
worship - a God-centered life.
study - a transformed life.
work - a productive and creative life.
service - a generous life.
hospitality - a welcoming life.
justice- a socially active life.
sabbath - a renewed life.
celebration - a joy-filled life.

each of these are powerful and refreshing reminders of what it means to live in community. i think these are very important - but i fear that people will take them and turn them into a "program" - and that is not very cool.