Monday, 13 September 2010

Loving

Often when we talk about loving our enemies, you hear the “but doesn’t that make as doormats?” objection. But I’ve been thinking about the words of 1 Peter 3:9: “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called, so that you may inherit a blessing.” 

   Now, whatever the “blessing” is bestowed, it must be an action. It must be something you do to demonstrate love for that person. It is not being a passive doormat, not ignoring the fact that they have done something wrong. Our response to evil is to do something good. It is easy to respond to wrong by doing something wrong back, or ignoring it, or telling them why it's wrong. But to respond by loving, by doing good, that’s hard work. But that’s what the gospel calls us to do.

   And it’s not just Peter who calls us to do this, Jesus says to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) Last time I checked, prayer was something that we do, with the help of God. And Paul says “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). Loving someone is not ignoring them, it’s about engaging them. It’s about going that extra step to demonstrate to them what gospel love is. Unconditional, in the face of evil. Hard, yes. But who said love was easy?

   This is not about how we are saved. We are saved by grace, despite the fact that we do wrong. But by responding to evil with grace and love, we are demonstrating the gospel itself, in a deep and profound way. It's what God does for us, so how can we not do it for others?

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Pondering

Things I am, or have been pondering lately.

-What is post modernity? or modernity for that matter? is it overrated? Underrated? Real?

-What does Luke 16:1-12 mean? and Luke 20: 27-39?

-Why does it stop raining when you buy an umbrella?

-How contextualised our understanding of the gospel is

-How I am probably more post modern than I want to admit.

-Why is it that the best “worship sets” all seem to have one really bad song in them?

-While I'm there, why do we sing crap songs in church as all? Doesn’t God deserve better? Or is he happy whatever we sing? (Him using the weak to shame the strong and all that.) Does it matter if we get frustrated with bad song in church? Does that make me a bad worshiper? A bad Christian? or are my frustrations my worship to God, if they are born out of a desire to see God bet the best we can give him?

-Can labour win the next election with Phil Goff as leader? Seems very unlikely at the moment.

-Why did God, if he is good and loving, order the killing of all the Canaanites? All of them. Ok, that one is for an essay......

-Why haven’t I blogged for a while?

-How the latest star trek film has postmodern, Christological and Platonic themes all in one movie.

-Why has the CD just stopped working?

-Will the Tomorrow when the War Began movie be anywhere near as good as the books?

-Why do bad things happen in groups?

-How hard it is to be authentic community in a highly individualistic world.

-what’s for dinner tonight?

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Hi

I haven't blogged for a while. I don't know why. Maybe I just don't have the time. I don't think so though. I just don't seem to get here much. Hopefully, I can do so more this semester.

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