In Between – Again

The Saturday before Easter. The day in between. Not knowing what’s next, but now, knowing. (We know He comes back, but somehow, always seem to wonder).

On the way to work, I heard a “commercial” for the resurrection. The line that really grabbed my attention was about how, when Jesus was being beaten, whipped, spat upon, reviled, crucified, NO ONE stood up for Him. And something clicked in my head.

This past week, the news has been filled with a men, forcibly removed from an airplane because of overbooking. I’m not here to debate whether this was right or wrong. My purpose lies elsewhere. In Facebook comments, one of my friends said something along the lines of “this is Trump’s America,” implying that the incident was a consequence of Trump’s election. She said that incidents like this stem from an atmosphere that Trump has created.

I disagree. I believe that this attitude is the same attitude that existed over two thousand years ago, that led to an innocent man being crucified. I believe it stems from a sin condition that has existed since Eve did what she wanted rather than what God said, and ate the apple. It is an attitude that has been pervasive throughout history. It may have crests and troughs as it waves its way through history, but it’s always been there.

The larger than life evidence of that comes from the crucifixion of Jesus. Just as no one stood up to the Pharisees and the Sadducees for fear of their reaction and possible consequences, so today, no one wants to stand against bullying.

While there are more people speaking out on social media, that really doesn’t do much. There are more people writing letters to their elected officials and voicing their discontent. This may do more. And there is an increase in people speaking out at rallies and demonstrations. These too, can be constructive when done properly. There are more and more stories showing up on social media of kids standing up for the kids that are being bullied. Girls are standing up against kids that are attacking them, and some are even coming to their aid.

We may be building a wave that will once again crest, and fall back, but if we stand up together, against social injustice and bullying, perhaps we will be able to ride that wave to a peaceful, smooth ending on the shores of love.

All For the Glory of God

Well, I’ve completed the textbook portion of my class on the Synoptic Gospels. I should have had several posts by now on the material that I’ve been learning in this class. But, as often happens, life has gotten in the way. There has been fun, discord, illness and just plain laziness. There have been other topics that, while quite valid and of good content, were still not on topic. And so, today I write again.

When I really throw myself into study, even though my eyes get so very tired from reading, my relief and my way of coming down from the pinnacle of the study mountain is to read some more. The book that I’ve been coming down on has simply taken me higher this time. I’m reading “Radical” by David Platt. And radical he is in his thinking. And I LOVE IT!! He is unapologetic about how we, as Americans, in general, have warped the message of Jesus to our American Dream point of view. And he calls us to live radical lives for God, just as Jesus did.

The course work that I have been studying has been laid out to detail the Good News of Jesus by giving the general background of the time he came into, the cultural, religious, political, and geographic area into which He was thrust. Then some information about the man himself, and then His message. And the upshot of His message is — the title of this post, and this blog — ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD! And that is the message of “Radical” as well. And even now, as I write, the worship music I’m listening to is singing, “Glory to God, in the highest. Glory to God, in the highest.”

When it really comes down to it, it really doesn’t matter if I know that one of Jesus’ primary teaching methods was the parable and that as He moved on in His ministry and opposition increased, His use of parables increased in order to keep the truth from the opposition and yet get it to those who had ears to hear. All that really matters is that God be Glorified in everything I say and do.