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The Un-Fruity Burrito

The Un-Fruity Burrito

The Un-Fruity Burrito

I never remember my dreams. Ever since I was about 13 and had a strange occurrence of a series dream, I can’t recall many if any of the dreams I have had since. The same was true this morning and pretty much all day today, but then, as I was sitting in a state of prayer, my dream from last night overcame me like I was watching it on a television. I had dreamed of having a conversation with myself. There were two of me, and we were having a chat about the fruit of the spirit. I’ve been thinking about and praying about the fruit of the spirit for a while now, and the dream brought it all to fruition (pun sort of intended).

We were in a room I had never seen before, sitting on couches, and I remember saying to my other self “It’s all that has been on my mind, and I know that it’s where my next sermon, or blog, or video, or song, or something will come from…but for the life of me I just can’t put it down on the page!” and I casually turned to myself and said “Well there’s your problem.” Just as quickly as it came to me, it was over. Im not writing about the fruit of the spirit per se in this. Nope, but I needed the fruit of the spirit to get me here.

The question I have today is a tough one, and I’m thinking it really doesn’t have an answer, but let’s ask it anyway shall we? How do you know another person is saved? I mean, let’s break this down. There are lots of loved ones out there that we want to be reassured we will get to see in the New Creation, and we need to preach the Gospel to them in order to ensure they hear it and can get there right? So, is there a red flag of sorts to say “Hey, this one’s good”?

I recently had a conversation with some of my Burrito brothers about something akin to this. I’ve always said that true Christianity is marked by repentance, and in my personal experience, I feel that my salvation has called me to action. A lot of people don’t share that view though. It’s very much just “Accept Jesus, sit back, and experience Grace” type mentality, but what about folks like Solomon. The dude wrote books of the Bible, built the first dwelling place for God that wasn’t a tent, and is considered to be one of the smartest folks to ever walk the planet. However, there’s nothing in our canon that speaks of his repentance once he got off track with chasing all those lady folk.

Of course, when our loved ones get off track and dive into sin, most people jump into Matthew 18 and make it all the way to that whole “treat them as you would a tax collector” part without taking into account the part before that when he calls this dude Levi, who was a tax collector to be one of the 12. Don’t remember hearing about Levi, yeah that’s because he changed his name to Matthew. You know, the guy that wrote the book that has that whole “tax collector” piece in it. He thought that was important to include, but he was a tax collector, so are we missing a divine irony there?

I’m pretty sure we’re JUST called to love people. I’m reminded of a quote I stumbled across recently “Love the sinner, hate the sin? How about: Love the sinner, hate your own sin! I don’t have time to hate your sin. There are too many of you! Hating my sin is a full-time job. How about you hate your sin, I’ll hate my sin and let’s just love each other!”-Mark Lowry. Yeah, I think that sums it up. We just have to love people, we have to forgive them, and we can’t know the deal they’ve got with the Big Guy.

So, what are we to do with “True Christianity is marked by repentance” and “salvation calls me to action” and things of that sort? Well, we keep living by our convictions there, and we keep on loving the rest of these folks, no matter what, and that’s what sucks about this Christian life so often. We can have as much Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Self Control, Gentleness, and Faithfulness as we want and more and when we are attacked, hurt, beaten, broken, bruised, scarred, put down, or just downright mistreated we can show it all the more by loving the folks that are doing it, regardless of circumstance. An audacious, scandalous, and downright scary love that we know because we did all those things and more to Him, and He loved us anyways.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Karis

 

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One More Chicken Burrito…

One More Chicken Burrito…

Well, today is Thursday August 2nd and if you haven’t been under a rock, you probably have a severe distaste for what was once a delicious chicken sandwich, or a rabid hunger for them. I’m personally not a fan of waiting in line for a fried chicken sandwich or nuggets that I can (and have) successfully duplicate at home. Tomorrow is national same sex kiss day at Chick Fil A, where the LGBT community is planning to show up, ask for a water, parrot proverbs 25:21 so they don’t have to pay for it and support the organizations they protest, and then have a public display of affection in order to make the chick fil a folks uncomfortable.

Here’s a suggestion to Chick Fil A, if you want to walk the Christian values you espouse with your lips: Since you had “record breaking” income yesterday, hand them a free four piece nugget. If a man asks for your cloak, give him also your tunic right? Furthermore, since the Christian community had no problem showing up in droves to support Chick Fil A’s right to free speech and standing up for their Christian Values, then accept the challenge set forth by the emergent community: on September 1st, show up to a local hunger organization and volunteer. If you ate at Chick Fil A on Wednesday, and don’t show up on September 1st, pack up your bible friends and give up the cause, because you’re no longer serving the least of these, and the LGBT community are correct in their assessment of you as a hateful bigot.

As for the LGBT community, don’t think I haven’t seen your posts too. It’s time to see if you’re as big of a hypocrite as the folks you’re pointing your finger at. I challenge YOU to show up to the SAME organizations the Christian community are challenged to show up at and express the tolerance you’re yelling about and show that you give a damn about more than red states and blue states. I said in my last article – YOUR’E DOING IT WRONG. If we can stop arguing and responding to hatred with hatred, start a conversation, and do something about the problems in this world that affect ALL of us, then we’re on the right track, and Jesus is what we’re talking about. It’s not the Gospel of being right friends, it’s the Gospel of Love.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in General

 

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Laying Down in Green Pastures

Zach Emerson checks in and posts about not posting, and why that was actually a good thing.

 

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in FGC

 

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When you’re strange.

Video Blog for http://www.followgreatcommission.com.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2012 in FGC

 

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