Challenging believers in Jesus to think and act based on Bible truth.

Tuesday Rambling 1.31.17 – Questions to Ask Yourself About Refugees

Good Tuesday morning. Today I am re-posting the content from an article I wrote in November 2015. Then I’ll add some fresh rambling at the bottom.

Questions to ask yourself about refugees:

  • Am I aware of what the Bible says about refugees? What Biblical texts will I use to form my views on what I think should happen?
  • How do my desires as a believer compete with my love of country?
  • What is the proper balance between fear of what might happen and my call as a believer to minister despite potential risk?
  • Am I willing to listen to anyone (especially fellow believers) who has a different point of view than mine?
  • Is the potential loss of my life in a terror attack the worst thing that could happen if believers were ministering to and the Spirit was converting many refugees?
  • Do I have a proper and historical understanding of the loss of life as it relates to the advancement of God’s kingdom?
  • What is the proper balance between compassion, security, fear, and love?
  • Is it somehow “unChristian” to NOT want to be blown up? (credit Kevin DeYoung from 2015 for this one).
  • How much is fear driving my view of this situation?
  • Do I trust God’s sovereignty over the sovereignty of a nation or nations right now?

Added 1-31-17:

  • Do I think President Trump’s sovereignty trumps God’s?
  • Do I have a healthy balance between theology and action?
  • Do I BOTH have Gospel-rooted beliefs about refugees AND stand ready to care for them?
  • Which is more important: standing for truth or opposing the president?
  • Do I REALLY know the facts about President Trump’s travel ban?

Monday Challenge 1.30.17 – Refugees, Profanity, Turkey (the country)

Good morning – yes?

If no, how about a challenge anyway? Plenty to think about in our world. Do some work and shape your thinking.

Refugees

Apparently our president signed an executive order, in case you didn’t know. This order will have effects on real people suffering through real problems. A couple articles:

This one from Moody Radio’s WCRF Morning host compares supporting refugees to supporting the unborn.

This one from a college prof and pastor helpfully provides several links from a variety of standpoints.

Bottom line: I’m not comfortable with the pace of everything, the difficulty in getting accurate information, and the attention our president seems to enjoy. Further complicating the lives of the innocent seems a heavy price to pay for shortsighted (and hard to factually justify) policy.

Profanity

Words matter. At least, so says this article.

Question: Does this challenge how you use language?

Christians in Turkey

This is worth the read. The politics of Turkey have shifted at lightning speed, affecting the lives of believers in Turkey.

Question: How can you pray for this troubled nation and its believers?

Tuesday Rambling 1.24.17 – Spiritual Growth Challenges

Tuesday Rambling: things that challenge our spiritual growth.

  • How we handle the high points. Do we take too much credit?
  • How we handle the low points. Do we repent and restore fellowship with God when we sin or do we simply soldier through to the next opportunity?
  • Do we focus on making disciples? Does someone wake up this morning and say __your name here__ is discipling me?
  • Many other great things can fill our time. Jesus called us to make disciples.
  • Who knows or is hearing the gospel as a result of knowing you?
  • What strategy do you employ when weakness or temptation strikes? Do you have verses or truth you speak to Satan in the midst of his attacks? See Matthew 4:1-10 for reference.
  • How would God say your relationship stands based on how much He hears from you? How well does He know the struggles and successes, concerns and worries which affect your life?
  • No one drifts to spiritual growth. If you find yourself drifting, it probably means drifting (however slowly) away from God.
  • What intentional action steps can you take, today, to draw closer to Jesus?

Monday Challenge 1.23.17 – Aging Gracefully, Unqualified President, Selling a Birthright

Good morning! I hope you take some time this Monday for a challenge. I share what I find interesting and whether you (or I) agree or not at least I hope these articles will make you think.

Aging Gracefully

Tim Challies has a great recent series on aging.  This particular one focuses on the responsibility that comes with aging. You can link to other topics in the “aging” series through this article. They include sorrow and joy that come with aging.

Question: Do you have a well developed view of what should happen as we age?

An Unqualified President

This article shows why lack of moral character disqualified both major candidates for president this time around. It also gives hope and practical advice to the believer.

Question: Which piece of advice engages and inspires you the most?

Evangelicalism

This article helps define the term.

Question: Would you change this definition in anyway? Why?

Selling A Birthright

It seems easy to get on Esau’s case for selling his birthright. Do we do the same?

Question: Which temporal pleasure or interest would you have the hardest time abandoning if God asked that of you?

Tuesday Rambling 1.17.17 – As Inauguration Day Approaches

Rambling concerning believers and the upcoming presidential inauguration:

  • Believers: Please know your overt support for President Trump could harm the possibility of stronger relationships with other believers.
  • Believers: Please know public statements against President Trump could harm the possibility of stronger relationships with other believers.
  • Scripturally, political power is not a key or necessary component for the movement of the kingdom of God. Often, the kingdom advances in spite of political kingdoms who oppose believers.
  • Sometimes, the witness of believers stirs the hearts of political leaders. Sometimes, God hardens the hearts of political believers.
  • Our eyes, hearts, and affections should stay fixed upon Jesus, the Lamb of God, who died in our place. He is the King above all kings.
  • This situation requires a tight rope of balance.
  • We must admit facts, such as: 1) The harsh rhetoric used in his campaign brings fear from those already marginalized that further marginalization could happen 2) The moral character (or lack thereof) of our incoming president should cause believers great concern.
  • Said another way: if we had concern for the moral compass of our outgoing president, we can’t pretend that somehow this one is better simply due to a certain set of campaign promises we might like to hear.
  • To those opposed to President Trump, please know many have tried to live peaceful and quiet lives under President Obama whose social policies directly contradicted the teaching of Scripture in many areas.
  • We also must admit that not all who voted for trump voted in agreement of his character and everything he represents.
  • One of the goals of praying for our leaders, Scripturally, pins our effort in prayer to our desire to live peaceful and quiet lives in godliness and holiness.
  • This little article about praying for leaders may help.
  • Whatever your feelings about this inauguration, please check your emotion, act in love, and consider the perspectives of others.