Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Truth Grit

  My, my, my, it seems that my husband and I can enjoy a movie together from time to time. His tastes are more action, aggressive movies and mine tend to lean heavily towards period pieces, you know like Pride and Prejudice. Bridging the Grand Canyon-like gap can be difficult but sometimes it happens.

My "Nest" Chair
 A new Netflix movie arrived this week and in the envelope was a little surprising nugget. The hubby had picked this western and I was not exactly thrilled. Loading "True Grit" into the DVD player, I hopped into my nest chair with my snuggly blanket and expected to entertain myself with Words with Friends. 

 Ohhh, I was so very wrong. "True Grit" has several versions and has been out for a long time so forgive me for being behind the times and culturally stunted.

 Pithy Mattie was a hoot and most of the dialog was packed with gems like, "You do not varnish your opinion." The older Mattie opened with, "You must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothing free, except the grace of God." Now, it did have a large amount of cursing and some gory parts so be warned if you think you want to check it out. The striking thing for me was that it put into my mind that the character Mattie is a bit like we should be when it comes to false teachers. She was wholeheartedly devoted to her mission.

 With all the ruckus about Beth Moore, Heaven is For Real, and many others, we need to know what we believe and why. We need to be able to show why a teaching is false and sometimes it will require bringing out the moxie. The true grit of a Christian is not their ability to be the toughest bulldog or to bring down the orneriest outlaw. True grit comes in not varnishing the truth.

 But, do not misunderstand the call of our role.

 Charles Spurgeon, if we put him in this theological version of True Grit, would coolly repeat this famous quote, "Defend the Bible? I would as soon defend a lion! Unchain it and it will defend itself." Our power is not in how much louder we can shout or if we bring a big enough posse to the showdown; our power is in being fully convinced that the God of the universe is who He says He is and His Word is enough. Ain't nothing bigger than that. 

 Once we understand grace, we comprehend that there is no reason to square up, shout down, or shoot down a dead man. Grace tells us that we are all dead unless we have been made alive by Christ and having been made alive, we should all the more realize the importance of spreading Truth. Our message is that although grace is free, it came at a great cost and we are the ones under the immense debt, yet we could never pay it, nor did we want to but Jesus paid it anyway. 

 That is the source of our true grit and it drives us to be unashamed, joyfully courageous, and doggedly grounded in Truth. The six-shooter in our holster is loaded with 66 books. The one who deputized us also defeated temptation of Satan with the Word so if it was sufficient for Him over such a great enemy it should be sufficient for us. 

 We should be as tenacious as Mattie, willing to grab firmly hold of our ponies of faith and stick to the trail of the one who leads us, bravely fording rapid rivers and steep canyons so when others encounter us they will proclaim as Mattie did to Rooster, "They tell me you are a man (or woman) of true grit." For it will be worse if you end up before Jesus as the hanged man in the movie who is cut down from the tree, landing at Rooster's feet and he proclaims, "I do not know this man (or woman)."
Defend the Bible? I would as soon defend a lion! Unchain it and it will defend itself. - See more at: http://reformedquotes.com/defend-the-bible/#sthash.5rQhWQVA.dpuf
Defend the Bible? I would as soon defend a lion! Unchain it and it will defend itself. - See more at: http://reformedquotes.com/defend-the-bible/#sthash.5rQhWQVA.dpuf

Monday, July 28, 2014

How to Fail at Blogging

   Blah, blah, blah...yada, yada, yada

 Sometimes I feel like this blog is like that or maybe something along the line of the adults in Charlie Brown cartoons. I know people, oh yes I do. I know people who have popular sites, pages, social networks. I even know some who specifically teach how to be successful on social media. Obviously, it has not rubbed off. Why I do mention it?

 Well, the other day as I was tinkering with the background and layout of this little piggy's blog, I came across an article on how to make your blog successful. Yes, I should have ignored it and went on blissfully staring at pretty backgrounds but no, I didn't. 

 I am neither a social nor social media butterfly. My official status is social porcupine. I even have a t-shirt to prove it. This apparently is one of the main causes of my blog's failures. How could I have known that my lack of tweeting and face-booking an announcement every time I posted a blog entry was as socially stifling as wearing a multi-patterned track suit with jelly shoes to a dinner party? I guess it would help if I had a facebook...ain't going to happen. So scratch that.

 Surely one can overcome social media failure. What else could be hindering this blog's success? 

 Oh...ow...this next item hurts as much as actually trying to shop at the mall for several hours in the aforementioned jelly shoes. 

 "Be sure that your writing is not boring and dry." If one could reach down into my deepest fears, this would be found as the area that has concerned me for years. But, it hasn't stopped me yet so why worry about it now. I mean the words just keep coming and coming and coming and I'm not bored one bit. Well, there was that batch of dark poetry that I burned, but I swore to never speak of it to anyone soooo moving right along.

 "The tone should not be too formal and you should write like you are in a conversation." Nailed this one! I write just like I am talking to myself like I do everyday. Wait, did I type that out loud???

Any waaaay...


Word to the words!
 "The subject of your blog should be interesting to your readers." Um, doesn't everyone care about my chicken crises and personal failures? Okay, if not that then how about standing firm biblically? Well...maybe I am out of sync with what all the hip kids are digging right now but I can be groovy, baby, so let's just check this box as a 'yes' and I'll add some flava flav to everything I slap on the page from now on.

Next!

 "A blog's popularity is clearly defined by reader comments on how the content has affected them." Ha! Rarely does someone ever comment therefore this does not apply to me, so take that! 
Waaaaait...that's not a good sign is it? Rats.

Just follow me kids and you too can have an unpopular blog! Shucks.

 So, yeh, I guess I should just go, um, do something besides blog now. I have noticed that pretending to teach from the Bible without really using it correctly is very en vogue right now. Or maybe I can write a book. It seems being a poor writer blasts you onto the best seller list so maybe there's hope. Sigh...




  Ha! You thought a little thing like no page views would stop me. NEVER!
Oh yeh baby! Now where did I put that 90s track suit? It's time to celebrate with a little dance I call "Successful Dork."

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sadly Returning to Non-Sensical Things

 Months ago when I wrote the post "Are Unicorns Easily Domesticated & Other Non-Sensical Things," I had no idea how personal this subject would get. The effects of various forms of apostasy are spreading like kudzu it seems. Young people around me are taking bits of the Bible and intertwining it with New Age beliefs and other nonsense. It is devastating to see it firsthand. When confronted, they roll their eyes and make claims that they know better. They gnash their teeth when their idea of Jesus is shown to contradict God's Word. We become old, washed-up, out-of-date, unenlightened, irrelevant relics to them and so they poke their fingers in their ears, squeeze shut their eyes, and hum loudly to drown us out. 
Lalalala.. I don't wanna hear this!
Lalalala.. I don't wanna hear this!
(Photo credit: hebedesign)

 The arguments used by this thinking reminded me that there truly is nothing new under the sun. If one wants to believe that studying dreams is more important than studying Scripture or that you can harness power from nature, do not, not, not think that this is some new elevated idea. It is just the same song sung across the ages. There are plenty of examples of this kind of idolatry in ancient civilizations but go even farther back to Adam and Eve. Oh yes, they fell into this trap, too. They questioned if God's Word was enough, reached out, and took hold of a juicy lie. As the nectar rolled down their chins, they thought they could achieve some higher plane and be as God. It did not take them long to realize what they had swallowed was poison. 


 Boil down the thinking of opening your third eye (whatever that is) or harvesting nature's spirit (whatever that is) and what is left in the pot? Good old-fashioned, steaming hot pride. Trying to find a different, more "perfect" way is a human doubting God's Word and believing that they can become as God. 

  How this thinking is supposed to produce a better person boggles my mind because so far all I have seen it produce is arrogance, arguments, and disrespect. The product is someone who thinks he has achieved something more than everyone else. Instead of asking how one can align their aura with nature, I think the best question is, "Why isn't God enough?" Why must self be the all in all? What do you do when self fails?



Broken heart symbol  My heart mourns for these young people who were once in the church professing Christ. But, here is the saddest part, sometimes we, as Believers, just sit by and watch the progression. Are we crazy???

 If you are a Believer, as soon as you think you see or hear beliefs that run opposite of Truth, question it. Sit that person down with all patience and love and ask them about it. Speak Truth to them. Do not be guilty of indifference or apathy or just plain hate. Boldly share the Gospel. Care for their soul.

 Recently, I read an article about a man giving a Bible to atheistic illusionist Penn Jillette. When asked about it, Penn stated that he still did not believe in God but he also added this, "How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?”


 Sobering thought, huh? Pour yourself out and elevate Jesus. Love Him above all else so that you can love enough to share Truth and pray for those without Jesus. 


- 1 Corinthians 9:16
"For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!"