MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him

May 17th, 2018 Viewed 364 times

Matthew 8:18-27: Jesus cuts through all of this and calls us back to seeing things from His perspective

The scribe comes up to him and asks to follow Jesus wherever He will go. Jesus responds by telling the man that he will not have the comforts that He’s used to.

This is the same for us: The world tells us that there are certain things that we must have, certain expectations to have a good life. The world would call you insane if you gave up that which you could have to follow Christ, and yet God calls for all of us.

Another comes up and asks to bury his father first. Jesus tells him to let the spiritually dead bury the physically dead. The culture told him that it was right to go bury his father, Jesus said that following Him was more important than cultural practice.

photo by: DrGBB

What Type of Church Do You Have?

April 18th, 2018 Viewed 550 times, 1 so far today

Should Twitter and Facebook Be Treated as Utilities? No.

January 26th, 2017 Viewed 2254 times, 1 so far today

While one can understand and sympathize with why Scott Adams asks this question and appreciate the uniqueness of the solution, the problem with this is that it enshrines these things as public entities and relieves competition.  Even now, alternative applications to Twitter and Facebook are under development, and with most social platforms, times can change and people can and do leave them– though I will definitely grant that adoption rates for new sites can be slow when there isn’t much of a value ad.

I believe it would be far more powerful for bigger names to leave these two platforms for a new platform and encourage their followers to move to keep up than it would be to allow these platforms to achieve some kind of protected, too-big-to-fail status.

When the Minority Threatens the Majority

August 16th, 2016 Viewed 1597 times

Reading through the Book of Acts with my Sunday School class has been providing me with interesting insight into what it must have been like for the “followers of the Way” shortly after the Ascension. There was a lull, or time period where the religious leaders weren’t quite sure what to do about the Apostles– with many suggesting that faith in Jesus would never catch on, and even if it did, it wouldn’t amount to anything. It wasn’t long before they changed their minds and started to persecute and kill believers, which caused the Gospel of Jesus to go to Europe and beyond.

This minority voice threatened the majority belief.  In Jerusalem, the majority was Jewish in their faith.  They mentally and verbally assented to the coming Messiah while carefully guarding their power amassed by strict regulation and tight partnership with the Roman governing authorities.  Jesus of Nazareth threatened all of that– calling out this two-faced behavior while claiming to be the true God and King of a kingdom not of this world.  This was a problem.

Every country that allows minority viewpoints to have oversized say will eventually have to grapple with this problem, as by definition that minority viewpoint or group is probably not reflected of the norm of the culture that it is living within.  This is definitely the case of the immigrant and refugee populations that are embedded within the Western Democracies that have accepted them in from their war torn land.

Much like the house guest that requires that you change your thermostat temperature to their liking, only watch shows that they like on television, or else, many of these minority populations are having a negative impact on the cultures that have welcomed them into their “homes.”  From the overt issues of killings, rapes and attempts to change the laws of the lands to the death threats that Christians have received for having Bibles, eventually the majority peoples of these lands are going to face an important decision: Continue with the dilution of the majority– maybe to the point where these people replace their homeland and culture with the minority one, or remove these minorities from the land.

The Pharisees tried to remove “the Way” from their land, and it spread throughout the world, changing everything that it touched.  The Native Americans accepted the white people into their lands, and it changed their land to what is now the United States.  Is our culture worth protecting, or is it something that we believe should be changed?

The only thing we know for certain is that the world that we received from our parents will not be the world we give to our children.

Why Is Female Genital Mutilation Happening in the West?

July 24th, 2015 Viewed 1911 times, 1 so far today

First a definition— not for the squeamish:

Female genital mutilation (FGM), or “cutting,” is a practice that gives credit to the fact that if you take a knife and you cut off portions of a female’s vagina, the desired end results are that the woman would have less of a sexual appetite, would be a better mate for her husband, and that her husband would have stronger sexual pleasure. The practice is meant to mark a girl’s passage to womanhood or to prepare her for marriage.

These girls and women are often pinned down by multiple people, or they are demanded to lie down and just endure the pain. During this modern form of human torture, untrained practitioners will cut them up with scissors, knives, razor blades or crude pieces of glass.

One can understand it in Africa or Middle East have this practice, there is some documentation to state that those of that area have this practice.  This tells me that the west is importing this barbarous act, not that the Christian west came up with it.  Maybe instead of coming up with laws to outlaw the practice (which would be the very least we could do), we should close up our borders so that people from these areas are not allowed in with their barbaric cultural practice.

Not to say that we should not send missionaries to these places with the Gospel and help to change them.  Not at all.  But we need to stop the sill notion that is multicuturalism that believes that all cultures are relatively the same.  Obviously they are not.

If I Were Baking a Cake…

November 13th, 2012 Viewed 1733 times

This past Mother’s Day, the boys and I attempted to bake some cookies for my wife from a recipe that my oldest found in a magazine that he gets regularly.  The only problem is that when it comes to baking, I’m terrible.

The cookies were flat, the filling was not mixed well enough—it was a disaster.

The Number of American Births Continues to Fall

October 3rd, 2012 Viewed 1850 times, 1 so far today

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Once again making the point that some women think it’s economically responsible to kill our children, the government reported today that U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row.  What’s being blamed for this declined?  The economy.

Christianity and the World

January 24th, 2010 Viewed 1908 times, 1 so far today

Church Aisle

The old saying goes that the church is only 10 years behind the world morally/culturally.  That was part of last night’s message looking into “respectable sins”—those sins that Christians commit that are ranked as “not bad” because “everyone does them.”

This is a charge that I’ve heard before, and I have to say that I agree with it.  If you look back through the church’s history you’ll find that the church has changed in its behavior and its standards over many years.

Will Cultural Issues Influence This Election Too?

October 15th, 2008 Viewed 2273 times

Young Couple

In 2004, when President Bush won his second term, there was a lot going on in that election.  Multiple states had votes on Same-Sex Marriage and Constitutional Amendments, and exit polling offered a bewildering statistic that created the term “Values Voter.”

Many credited Pres. Bush and his adviser, Karl Rove, with orchestrating the perfect “Get-Out-The-Vote” scenario, by placing the issue of gay marriage (something that a majority of Americans oppose) on a Presidential Ballot—hence inflating the turnout of social conservatives and handing the election to Pres. Bush.

All in the Family

March 14th, 2008 Viewed 5588 times

newly weds header

We have come a long way in America.  Especially when it comes to equality, and yet I’m not sure if all of the advances that we have made have been positive.

For one thing, the family as a unit is in shambles.  Marriage has been devalued to the point that people are asking “why get married” and believing that there’s no value to the vows, a public commitment or to even living a life until death.

To judge just how far we’ve come, take a look at this picture:

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.