Throwback Thursdays… When I started this blog it was to work out and ponder ideas. I had no idea how many times I was writing for my future self. This is one that I have been needing to recall often these days. May we be quick with mercy, and overflowing with grace and love. I recently read this quote shared by Scott Sauls in his very timely book, A Gentle Answer, from C.S. Lewis, “Christianity is a fighting religion…(It) thinks that a great many things have gone wrong with the world that God made and that God insists, and insists very loudly, on our putting them right again.” There is a fight to be had, but the question to keep asking is, are we fighting for people, or against them? One is righteous and the other is not. These lessons are slow and hard, but if I claim to be a daughter of the King, then I must continue to press on, and learn to love well. #TBThursday
Righteous anger, yes! Jesus flipping tables because someone was being taken advantage of, yes! Nehemiah plucking beards of elders who were abusing power, yes! Sign me up! Righteous! Anger! Or…not so righteous… but I mean well, and start well, but in Ephesians it says,”in your anger do not sin.” I somehow start well, and end overlooking the ledge of critical eye and harmful heart. Over the years I have jokingly said I want to start a Nehemiah Ministry with the motto, “Throttle People for Jesus.” I know, even typing it, I cringe. Jesus did not come to flip tables. His mission was to die for all those people in the temple, to help them reconnect with God. Nehemiah was not characterized as a beard plucker. He was a protector of his people and a hard worker rebuilding his community. He took action when it was the appropriate time, but…
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I loved this. Especially now! Especially with the Nehemiah study! Thanks for deeper thoughts.
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Oh yes! That study is profound. I am thankful we can journey together.