Throughout the gospels, Jesus challenged the Pharisees and religious leaders of the time. He challenged them particularly on one major point: they had lost sight of what God’s heart was all about: people. They had gotten lost in religion and rightness and what Jesus openly termed “human rules” and forgotten about God’s love and passion for humanity.
As I read yet another scathing article this week, where one church leader and his entire congregation was targeted and essentially given that burning label, “false prophet”, my heart broke a little as I realized that so many in the christian church have taken up positions as modern-day Pharisees. I couldn’t help feeling a tinge of shame, wishing I could stash the contemptuous blog away, and hide it from the eyes of those still searching for their Creator. I wouldn’t want them to find this version of God, the un-loving and condemning one. The one that ranks judgment above love.
My plea to writers and bloggers is this….
Stop public bickering about doctrinal issues.
“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.”
Let me tell you a story…
The other day, I popped into a local store for some basic groceries, a small Spar centre that I frequent regularly enough to know the staff and even a few of the car guards* in the parking lot.
*Dear international readers: In South Africa, we have “car guards” at our shopping centres. They’re a lot like this: Read more
I was recently watching two eighteen month old babies play. One, a feisty, quick-tempered little girl, and showing early signs of being a ‘good leader’. (bossy, ok?) Read more
While I usually find any reason to stay in and immerse myself in solitude over weekends, this time I decided to hide in the crowd of a busy coffee shop at the mall.
The Mugg & Bean was bustling with Saturday morning breakfast patrons, and so I settled for a tiny table in the corner, and buried myself in cake and a book. Read more
I had a bizarre dream last night. I could fly.
And then while flying, somewhere in the dream, I met my Grandpa, who passed away a few years ago. We hugged, that’s all I remember. I woke up, feeling so full-of-heart, and yet so heart-sore for that dreamed-up hug. Read more
I drive to work along a main road that runs past a poverty-stricken settlement. It is an area notorious for unrest, poor education and deep socio-economic crisis.
Every day there are streams of children walking to the local school alongside the road, some looking as young and vulnerable as 5 years old, and others that are clearly in their teens, unsure of their identity in this great, messy world of theirs. Read more
I feel like I need to re-introduce myself, it’s been so long since I’ve written. I’ve been busy. And tired. And taking some time to figure out just what on earth I am doing here, on this planet, in my family, in the church, my work, and on this blog. What is this really about? Read more
I’ve had a month from hell.
(actually, about 6 months, but the last one was particularly hell-ish)
We launched the month of March with a crisis at work. That same week, I got sick. I stayed sick for 3 weeks. And then got sick again on two separate occasions thereafter. And through all this, I could not really take any time out, because a crisis needs handling, and my team and managers needed me.Then I’d come home, and my child and husband would need me to be ‘present’ and functional too.
I’ve just felt as though I’ve been tossed back and forth, chewed and spat out several times a day Read more
What do the words you speak say about you? You see, you think you’re talking about other people. You think you’re giving your opinion on matters outside yourself. But what you don’t realize is that every word that comes out of your mouth says more about you than anything outside of you. Your words, chosen to give the appearance of your own great wisdom, provides a candid window into your own soul, making those around you all the more wiser to who you actually are. Read more