22 July 2016

This 'n' That

There are two phrases that I tend to hear nearly every day:
What is wrong with everybody?
and
It's fine; it doesn't matter.
I've observed that these phrases, though typically meant to be understood as sarcastic exaggerations, tend to most often be spoken in the context of sinful, prideful frustration (and yes, I'm guilty of speaking them myself). It occurred to me though, that a mere reminder of the theological response to each of these might quickly squelch any temptation to utter or think them.

What is wrong with everybody? Well, sin. Sin is what is wrong with everybody. So whether it is someone else's sin causing you consternation, or your own sin and pride, the answer to the question is still the same: Sin.
There is none righteous; not even one. (Romans 3:10)
This should drive us to the next biblical response, however. The sarcastic tone that accompanies, "It's fine; it doesn't matter," belittles or ignores the real truth: two things do matter, namely, the aforementioned sin and the gospel of salvation that calls us to repent of our sin and trust in Christ and His work alone for salvation. What does matter? Jesus and your response to Him. Ultimately, that is all that matters.
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
Who knew grumbling could be so theological? Well, lest you misunderstand, this is not a green light to grumble. Instead, let it encourage us to think more carefully about our thoughts and words, even if spoken lightly. Let our words be seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:5-6) and let our minds be firmly set upon the lovely things of Christ (Philippians 4:8). When that becomes our sole focus, the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.

On that note, in an effort to stay cool on this hot summer day, why not grab a glass of iced tea and relax while you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • If you have a cat and a laser toy, you know this is true to life!
  • I love this because it demonstrates the ridiculousness of the Christian boycotting movement.
  • Here's an interesting article/interview on the Mormon teaching of polygamy.
  • Can we—or should we—add to God's Word?
  • Indeed, healthy pulpits do beget healthy congregations.
  • Friday was nerve-wracking as some of us waited to hear from acquaintances in Munich.
  • Ooh, how much for the ugly gold statues?
  • On the Word-focused ministry of Martin Luther.
  • Young and restless...but not reformed.
  • If you've not read Pilgrim's Progress, do it now. With a price like this, you have no excuse!
  • The mocking of Jesus Christ:

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