I love this website. 🙂 It has some great things posted. Here is a recent blog. I realize this is very counter cultural to many of my readers. Feel free to challenge it and have a discussion.
Jared C. Wilson The Gospel Coalition
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I have met so many women who have been SO jarred in their view of God, of Christianity by men who called themselves Christians and who treated them like sh*t. There is no nicer way to put it. Many of those women would not call themselves Christians and yet their only representative of a “man of God” is someone who abused them, cheated on them, manipulated them, got them to sleep with him etc etc etc.
It is serious business.
If someone is taking the name of Christ and misrepresents him to others it is serious business. Sin is serious business. Your witness is serious business. Disobedience is serious business. The amount of women I have had to apologize to and say I am so sorry. That is not the gospel and he should not have treated you that way, done that, etc etc etc. This is what God is in the business of doing in men’s lives should they know him.
I am blessed to have some incredible men who love Jesus, repent and have been changed in my life as family members and friends. Men who love God, respect women, treat single women like sisters and honour their wives. I am glad I can see those men because there are so many hypocrites, liars, and fakers out there. It reminds me that God is good. People are bad. And Jesus is in the business of changing bad people.
*** If you are a man reading this and not a Christian.. you might agree with his rant at abusers but feel angry or confused about the no sex outside of marriage. You don’t have those convictions because you don’t know Jesus. This is specifically targeting men in the church who are disobeying, manipulating, abusing and hiding under the guise of Christian. If you are not a Christian.. don’t feel unforgivable.. repent and follow Jesus. You too can be a real, changed, cleansed Holy Spirit directed Christian. But consider the bulk of this rant at churched men.***
The last time I remember really celebrating a 4th of July I was with a group of about 30 new friends who had all been doing some cross cultural training with me for a summer and we had all lived abroad for awhile and weren’t coming back for ages.
We sang lots of patriotic songs very loudly as Fireworks shot over our head. I didn’t realize there were so many patriotic songs out there. I have not been so embarrassingly American since then. It was great.
It was 2006.
Now I do make it back a good amount. I am grateful for modern technology and the ability to travel back. People with my job 150 years ago would pack their belongings in a coffin never to return home alive. I have so many heros.
But now I do fly back and forth and can but I miss so many important things. Most birthdays from the last decade. Including both my nephew’s births and 1st birthdays.
So this sabbatical has been such a blessing in its timing and length. I got to be here for my birthday, my brothers, my dad’s 60th birthday yesterday and his retirement last week.
Today was our Independence day. It was okay that we decided to overshadow our national holiday with celebrate Daddy day. No one even remembered sparklers. It was just so great to have quality time.
My love language is definitely touch and words of affirmation but I think quality time is high on the list as well! Can I be greedy and have three out of the five? 🙂
So this not so often Fourth when Americans are celebrating independence and liberty and all the things that we all have to be grateful for in our grand country, I am grateful for my family both immediate and extended and time with them and the sovereignty of the Lord’s timing in giving me this particular time with them!