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MLK

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Years ago his “I have a dream” speech sent chills through the spines of millions of people and continues to do so today. His vision is with us all and we continue to fight for that ultimate brotherhood of man. We got the house and the senate to put it on paper but are we any closer to what he dreamed today than we were those many years ago? One of my good friends is always saying that we need to change lives not laws. I couldn’t agree more. This plays itself out every day of our lives when we are faced with discontented, angry, and hopeless people. We scream about abortion laws, marriage laws, tax laws…but we never even whisper about Jesus.

Rhetoric does not satisfy the soul. New laws will not feed people who are starving for purpose. Only Jesus does. Two thousand years ago He proclaimed that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. (Matt: 4:4). Are you hungry? broken? dispossessed? searching for meaning? purpose?…Do you thirst for truth? God wants to speak to you straight from His heart. After hope and reason have failed, faith conquers.       -Wellington Boone-

As much as I admire MLKJ for what he said AND for what he did to back up his words; I can’t help thinking that he would be saddened to see where we are…yeah sure we’re about to place a black man in the white house. I understand the historical nature of that, not as much as others, but I understand. I can’t, however, help but think that he would say that we still have it all wrong when we focus so much on the color of the skin and not the color of their heart. People need Jesus. Whether Obama is black or white does not change the fact that people need Jesus. (Note: do NOT cue People Need The Lord by Steve Green)

Maybe I’m all washed up…forgive me if I am. I dunno, I guess if we want to honor him we should use this coming Monday to introduce people to the One who can give them a better dream…wow that sounded much better in my head. That was horribly cheezy. Ugh.

-Cheers

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Romans

So it has been quite some time now since I first realized my sin. As a child I knew that God was God and I was not, however, the sin did not eat at me. I did not have guilt before God, I only had guilt before man. I was upset that I had let someone else down. Later in my life, that sin that ‘so easily entangled’, was for the first time seen as between God and myself. I needed help. Jesus is the help I needed.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a guy, I can handle it. I grew up in an evangelical church that taught us the good way to live life in such a way that no one knows you are hurting. As M. Chandler says, “My friends all came up from being baptized quoting Romans while I just said…that was weird.” I didn’t however say anything about it since it was obviously my problem. People in leadership wore a cape…I wore a diaper. It wasn’t/isn’t about the heart, it is about knowledge and actions. We don’t talk about the heart much here in church. North or South it doesn’t matter. We don’t talk about the heart much. Jesus is calling us to a relationship with Himself and we continue to make it about what we can do for Him.

I was good at it. No rated R movies, no swearing, no TV past 9pm, no drinking the devil juice…I’ve even read Knowing God by JI Packer! I could do it all, and I still try to do it all, for the sake of pride. Romans 4-8 does not leave any room for pride.

Pride looks different from person to person. Pride takes on many faces depending on the situation and the company you keep. When the Pharisees would pray and thank God that they were not like the gentiles who surrounded them…they were merely using their context to act like us. Why do we call them lost, UN saved, UN churched, NON christian? With those very titles we are thanking God that we are not…lost etc. We look to them in the negative. Un, Non…

Romans 4-8 tells us that we all exist as one thing. Under God’s grace. The fact that people can breath God’s air, live on the earth God created, enjoy the sex God created…is grace. They can not enjoy any of these things however AS God intended, but they CAN enjoy them. Grace, what a powerful word.

I am convinced that it is because of a lack of transparency in my life that I am not closer to Jesus. I can fool everyone else, but I can’t fool God. Psalm 32:1-5 speaks volumes. Unconfessed sin decays the bones and kills your soul. Is this some sort of cleansing? No, you will not see me all of a sudden confess to killing a guy or bombing a bank. What I hope you see is some one who is starting to get it and who wants to find that place where it is ok not to get it but doesn’t let you stay there.

In his book Organic Church, Neil Cole makes a good case for bringing everything down. He takes many of his ideas a little too far, but the premise is solid. We need to get into a place where we meet with 2 or 3 people (same sex) and open our hearts. No more of this ‘small group’ stuff where we get together and do mini-church. We need life changing ministry form each other. We need to realize the power of the gospel, the power of Jesus, the power that the Holy Spirit can have on us and our relationships. The church needs to grow organically. We need to confess our sin (looking for another s word) in order to fertilize it.

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