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Get Your Loves In Line

So today is Valentine’s Day (my first as a married man…should I feel extra pressure???)   Today many of us will talk about and show our love to who is important to us – if we’re really bold we might even ask them to be our valentine – those pressure packed days in grade school were killers!

I’m not really for or against Valentine’s Day; part of me thinks it’s alot of fun – going out to an extra nice dinner with my wife, eating chocolates, drinking wine, giving gifts, etc, but another part of me reminds myself that it shouldn’t take a day pimped by card companies,  flower stores, and jewelry stores to show my wife that she is special and loved. I hope she knows that by me showing it to her daily – although I know that I am not perfect in showing her my love like I should all the time.  So actually, I guess I’m glad there is a Valentine’s Day because it is fun…(I just wish it didn’t fall on the same day KU plays our hated, over-hyped rivals, KSU in basketball, like it does this year – – – good grief (get it?…’good grief’…charlie brown…I digress).

Here’s a(nother) post from  Mike Metzger, String Theory, speaking about where we place, and how we order our desires and our delights – our loves.  With a little self-examination it can show how this even plays into the ones we love and how we love them. Metzger explains that it is ok to love everything we do in life, but if we love something too much it is idolatry; if we love something too little it’s ignorance because everything is created by God and is good (I Timothy 4: 4, 5). What matters is how we order what we love because what we love leads us to make the decisions we make every day.

“For when there is a question as to whether a man is good, one does not ask what he believes, or what he hopes, but what he loves.” – St. Augustine

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Posted by on February 14, 2011 in marriage, theology, Uncategorized

 

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Good to Not-So-Great

This post  Too Big To Fail by Mike Metzger is packed with so many great truths that have plagued both religion and business in the same manner.  Too often we view our life in a 2-Chapter gospel, “Fall” and “Redemption”; when perhaps instead we should view life the way God originally intended life to be and add two more chapters, “Creation” and Restoration” to book-end “Fall” and Redemption”.  This would give us a worldview of  “Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration”.  When we view our lives through this lense it helps us lose the “us vs them” mentality and see all of life as holy.  Even those four-letter words that seem to plague and confuse us seem much more intentional – work, play, and the arts.  ALL of life is God-breathed and worthy of redemption.  All is sacred; NOTHING is secular (let’s get rid of the word secular).

Work is sacred.

Play is sacred.

The arts are sacred.

Remember Paul’s words, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (colossians 3:17)  I believe this verse pretty much encapsulates all of life; while we’re at work, while we’re playing and while we’re viewing the arts (literature, paintings, tv, movies, etc).  I don’t think Paul gives an “out” in this verse.

…shifting gears back to the premise of Mike’s post…

One paragraph in particular from Mike’s post stood out:

“Deception leads to disaster, writes McDonald. Believing they are “too big to fail,” churches and denominations are then unable to weigh whether their time is up. “Regardless of what a branch of the universal church accomplishes or how close or far it is from Christ’s purpose, it is easy to think that God Himself will assure its continuity forever,” warns McDonald. “This is a catastrophic presumption.”

This paragraph illustrates (among other things) how we continue to make God into our image even when his word seems obviously contrary to the truths we want to believe. Sometimes we take too much liberty with Matthew 18:18 “Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Maybe it’s similar to when we’re taking or editing pictures, we put the focus on what we want people to see as the main focus.


In this picture the focal point that you can make out are the blades of grass and the light in the background shining through the trees.  But there is much more in the picture that is obscured by the way the picture was taken. You can’t make out the particular types of trees, you can’t see how tall the trees are and you can’t see what else is going on.  Maybe there’s a highway just to the left of the picture and an ocean to the right of the picture. This picture is giving a very narrow view of what is actually in the environment because of the way the picture is focused.  Truth be told I took this picture while backpacking a few years back and the rest of the environment is amazingly beautiful – more trees, a babbling brook that provided my water, a clearing for my campsite – an amazing small encapsulation of God’s majestic creation.

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So maybe when we shorten our worldview to a 2-chapter gospel we are limiting our view of the whole picture of what God has given us. 

Thy will be done, ON EARTH as it is in heaven.

I’m currently reading a book called, The Evolution of God by Robert Wright and I’m very intrigued to get into the meat of the book.  Tad DeLay an intelligent theologian and a good friend of mine, recommended this book because in 567 small-font pages it thoroughly describes this premise.  There will be more of my own posts about “The Evolution of God” as I progress through the book, but for now enjoy Mike’s post.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2011 in culture, theology

 

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