09 February 2018

This 'n' That

With Valentine's Day rapidly approaching, I feel compelled to share a very important truth with you: Jesus is not your boyfriend.

I know it's shocking, but it's true. I realize that, somewhere, someone is currently writing a blog post about how our prayers are like love letters to Jesus. And in another corner of the blogosphere, someone is composing a well-intentioned post to single Christians to remember that Jesus is the best valentine they can have. And in still another, more dimly lit corner, author John Eldredge is still mooning over his heart-shaped cow pies from Jesus.

Nevertheless, Jesus is not our divine boyfriend. He is our friend, to be sure. More than that, He is our Savior, Redeemer, Lord, Shepherd, Life, Truth, King. He is indeed a personal God, yet, because He is God, we do not go on playdates with Him or belittle Him by cheekily describing our coffee dates with Jesus as though He were the divine equivalent of our college roommate. We praise Him because He is worthy of our praise. We worship Him because He is the only One worth worshiping. We revere Him because He is who He is.

So, as Hallmark's favorite holiday approaches, don't be deluded by the mushy-gushy "Christian" nonsense that will no doubt be found in abundance all over the internet. Look to your King, your gracious, saving, loving, personal, yet almighty King, and look to Him with biblical fidelity. Nothing could be purer or more sincere.

Okay, while I go track down a bag of my favorite Valentine candy, why don't you spend a little time enjoying your week in review (kind of):
  • I honestly find bacteria fascinating. This is why clinical research, particularly infectious disease-related research, is so important.
  • We really need to stop pleading with people to have a personal relationship with Jesus, because everybody already has one. The question is, what does that relationship look like?
  • Okay, at this point, I think we've had reports of birds, bats, and now lizards in prepackaged lettuce/spinach/salad. And my coworkers used to wonder why I didn't partake of the free salad bar in the cafeteria! No thanks!
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Our safety is found in Christ.
  • If God is speaking through my dreams, we're all in trouble.
  • Christian, do not starve yourself.
  • The first Girl Scout cookies actually sound like they were delicious!
It is possible for a Christian to be perfectly orthodox and yet to be defeated, and to be living a defeated and a useless life. —D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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