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

Think and Act 8.14.17 – Black and White Racism In A Culture of Gray Morality

Think about these instances:

  • President Obama struggled to call radical Islamic terrorism by that name.
  • Over the past weekend, President Trump failed to use the words “white supremacism” and “terror attack” when referring to the awful events in Virginia.
  • I saw on Twitter that someone had written a widely recognized church leader asking if they should discipline a member of their congregation who attended and refused to disavow the message of blatant white supremacism. (For those wondering, the answer would be yes.)
  • Some are re-thinking pedophilia as a mental disorder.

These instances may or may not surprise us, but they do fit what I think shows a larger tendency to gloss moral issues.

What we see in these examples points to a blurry, gray approach to morality where everyone can determine their own and demonize those who desire more clarity.

A question, from the halls of Dr. Phil thinking: how’s that working for you? (Note: I don’t visit the halls of Dr. Phil thinking on a regular basis!)

When relational, sexual, and general ethical issues reduce to the sum total of human input or reasoning, we have a problem. Morality, if you believe in an absolute morality, must come from a greater source. I believe that source is God, who exists eternal (always has and will) and possesses full authority over the earth as its Creator. I believe the Bible’s endless references to the truth of God’s Word establish clear moral lines for our thinking and behavior.

And if you don’t believe in an absolute morality, you believe it’s okay for everyone to make up their own standards. This will guarantee relentless shifting in moral standards like we see in today’s culture.

So no, I am not free to make up what I want to think about gender, sex, marriage, race, and criminal offense. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I submit my will to what the Bible says and seek God’s grace as I strive to draw closer to His will always.

And no, people who espouse views of one race as superior to others aren’t right, can’t be right, and never will be right. This is clear. God has clear boundaries for human behavior.

Think. Do you think the kind of racism we saw this weekend is the only kind present in our country? It exists on much smaller levels, perhaps including our own hearts and minds. If you struggle at all with racism, repent and ask God to forgive you. If you mean it, He will. Jesus died so you can experience forgiveness for racism or any other sin. Trust fully in Jesus’ sacrifice, one we could never make. Be clear with your morality and don’t draw back in fear regarding moral issues. God loves us enough to give moral boundaries to us!

Act. Meditate and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to live more fully the commands to love God and neighbor (see Matthew 22:37-40). Seek practical ways to live for justice, unity, and harmony. As with any form of obedience, it will come with challenges to our thinking, time, and perhaps other resource as well.

 

 

Monday Challenge 8.14.17 – Charlottesville, Bad Sermons

Right to it with some links to make you think!

Charlottesville

I wish I didn’t have to have links about this. I’m beyond disgust with this. This movement stands for nothing Christian and nothing American.

10 ways Charlottesville and white supremacy can still happen.

White conservative Christians need to oppose this movement.

Racism, in general, is wrong. This article covers the events in Charleston a couple years ago, but the principles transfer easily to current events.

We must speak with moral clarity. This point is huge. This article also includes a number of meaningful tweets from a variety of sources.

Questions: How much do you care about these events? Do you think this is the only kind of racism existing in America today?

Bad Sermons

Some good spin here on bad sermons.

Question: How does this help you understand and make something of the (hopefully) occasional klunker?

The T.V. That Created Donald Trump

Interesting article here about T.V.’s influence on Trump’s persona.

Question: How much do you believe in a connection between The Apprentice and “The President”?

Monday Challenge – Parenting Balance, Sexual Sin and Repentance, Forgiveness

Good morning,

I’m glad to be back after a short break for vacation and missions travel. If a challenge sounds dull, you wouldn’t have your eyes on this site right now. Go!

Dad, Thanks for Not (Always) Showing Up

The content of this should challenge. I’m not totally sure about the way he communicates (or the bad grammar – personal bias), but he makes some points worth digesting.

Question: What standards do you let other parents place on you?

Sexual Sin and Repentance

Can you repent without changing? This article does a great job of speaking about sexual sin, recovery, and repenting – all from a counselor’s perspective.

Question: How would you approach the topic with someone coming to you for advice?

Questions, And Developing A Culture In Which to Ask Them

This smattering of thoughts about question-asking cultures will force some good thinking and action (imagine that!)

Question: How much do you value questions?

Forgiveness

What a challenging way to evaluate whether you need to forgive. Very practical!

Question: Honestly, does this challenge you to forgive someone?

Monday Challenge 7.17.17 – Kids and Sex Talk, Prosperity Gospel, Exhausted Parents

Good Monday … evening!

Yup, it’s a bit late for this post, but here goes anyway. Be challenged!

The Sex Talk

For parents wondering about this talk, this article should provide some food for thought. Bottom line, don’t wait too long, and don’t make it just once!

Question: After reading this, do you have an understanding that this talk has great importance, and perhaps at earlier ages than the past?

The Gospel That Almost Killed…

Read here to see how (literally) deadly the prosperity gospel can be.

Question: Do you see why this gospel is totally false?

Eugene Peterson

If you don’t know who that is or why he made news last week, do a bit of reading and challenge yourself with the motives of all involved in the story.

Question: How clear of an answer would you give? Would people believe your answer?

Exhausted Young Parents

Challenging counsel here to an exhausted young mom. Great for exhausted young parents.

Question: How can you apply these principles or begin growing toward them step by step?

 

 

Monday Challenge 7.10.17 – Parenting, Weeping Is Not Weakness, Charlie Gard

Good Monday Morning!

Time again for a few challenging articles. Well, at least I think so. Let these challenge the way you think!

Parenting

Do you, as a parent, have a fear of “missing out”? This article addresses that in a challenging way.

Question: How much does “missing out” affect the way you construct your schedule?

Big Kids Should Cry More

This powerful look into a medical professional’s struggles can speak to all of us.

Question: How do you evaluate the balance between managing your emotions and professionalism?

Charlie Gard

Don’t know who that is? First, you should. Second, you should consider this article’s claims about medical views of life and the facts that support them.

Question: What might this mean in the future for our society?

Sleeping Less

A brief challenge regarding the world’s view of sleep vs. God’s view.

Question: Do you feel pressure to sleep less?