It is no surprise. We regularly endure hearing that there are "significant" reasons why Church Leaders and their congregations won't involve themselves with the Recovery Community. Recovery Community Meetings are a banquet - to serve the Word of Truth, feed the Milk of the Gospel and comfort people in pain. "But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind..."
"...above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one." Eph 6:16
"You should not wait at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives, nor hand over their survivors in the day of their trouble." Obadiah.
For the record, critical thinking skills are not required to form relationships. Ask any loving parent. Love requires only ... well, the freedom to express itself. ("God is love." ) Phenomenology of Religion (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) From Paul Oppenheimer’s Tweet
Letgoletgod is strictly a-political. Observers and reporters, we are "watchmen on the walls." "The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes." Ps 118:23 "All these are the beginning of birth pains." Mt. 24:18 To many, this election has felt like the pains of birth. The expected child, woman of peace and compassion … Continue reading Birthquake -No coincidences in God’s Economy?
Rabies. A rabid dog is vicious, foaming and spitting, growling howling -- crazy. Enemies of God are like this -- but "it's not the Dog, it's the Disease." Jesus, who was there for creation and is God Himself - has a hand in every birth. Every person was born for a purpose and God loves … Continue reading It’s not the Dog, it’s the Disease
... if all I do is offer my hand to the stranger as a greeting at Church? With a disingenuous, superficial "God Bless You"? I'll never have to worry about being challenged, or about being attacked.
Otherwise, if I step out and actually try to help; If I'm willing to get messy - yup, there are risks. Not only to me, but to my "good reputation." The enemy will challenge me. And so I will know: I must be doing something right!
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Is there anything more absurd than having a pet rock, or an idol for a god? It may be funny to analogize a rock as a pet, but it's deadly serious to have dead things as gods.
Perhaps the ultimate form of rebellion is to deny the very nature that God created me to be.