True Religion

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and windows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 NIV 

A Decade Has Passed: Remembering Rich Mullins

A great article highlighting some of what was great about Rich Mullins.

Uncomfortable Christian

1:11 “For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end you may be established; that is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”

Paul yearned to “be comforted” and subsequently implied that he was in discomfort. One of the central beleivers from which Christians have drawn inspiration for over two thousand years was someone who was not comfortable as a Christian.

She Might Have Been

Everywhere I turn I get a clearer view of my own darkness
A stranger approaches as I indulge in gluttonous cynicism
A defense mechanism built in by my sinful nature
She may have been fundraising for booze
She may have been panhandling to feed a habit
She might have needed money to feed her kids
She might have been Jesus
But, I turned away
Please forgive me Father

Drop Your Religion

Thank you to A Complete 180 for posting this and bringing it to my attention. This is completely consistent with the truth that I have found in my life.

For more of my thoughts on this topic please check out my religion tag

Life Beyond Tinseltown

When things are going well we become overconfident. We become enamored with what we perceive as being good before us while simultaneously ignoring what is dying or dead beyond. Humility is found when the glimmer of tinsel is overcome by the weight of reality. That is when we realize how broken we really are and, perhaps for the first time, we are able to breath.

“To be alive is to be broken; to be broken is to stand in need of grace.” -Brennan Manning

Refocus

It is human nature to want to classify others conveniently into little boxes that are manageable and subject to the interests of the one doing the classifying. There is a bumper sticker that I’ve seen before (and should probably get for my car) that says something to the effect of “Jesus is not a Republican or a Democrat.” It is a statement that says so much and, I believe, a statement that is far more on target than some folks would like us to believe. But, this idea transcends politics and bleeds through denominational Christianity as well. One of the biggest points of Christ’s ministry on earth was that social class, political affiliation, gender, and race are all pointless classifications when it comes to the saving and unearned grace of God. I firmly believe that, because “getting in” will have very little to do with what particular man-made religious rituals one participates in, there will be a wide variety of people in heaven. Catholics, Presbyterians, Baptists, Seventh-Day Adventists, among other denominations, along with plenty of people who never aligned themselves with a particular man-made classification of Christianity, will all mingle together in the world to come. Nobody has merit without Christ, but, all have the opportunity to ride his coattails into eternity. What matters to Christ is the heart of man and nobody has a clearer view of who has and who has not accepted the grace of Christ than Christ Himself.