What if “Be anxious for nothing” and “Don’t be afraid” weren’t commands, but encouragements? What if we could tell the difference?
Sometimes, one has to come out of the closet with controversial opinions – so here goes: Jerry Lewis isn’t funny. I hate to break it to you.
If you can label someone and then cut them off, it saves you from having to think and engage. This sums up 2020.
Labels are very rarely helpful or edifying or accurate.
Because labels are so misleading, I’ve gotten into the habit of asking people to define what they mean before engaging with the label. What you mean by “liberal” and what I mean by “liberal” might be two different things. This is why engagement, communication and respect are so important.
Engage with ideas; not with labels.
But dehumanizing an opponent is easier than examining our own belief system. That is why it is so popular.
I long for the day when Christians can disagree with one another without labels and without hatred and without fear. It seems to me that this is the definition of love.
You won’t win playing someone else’s game.
The Christian life is a process of change. Christ’s spirit calls us to put off the old man and put on the new. This means that you will not be the same person you were 10 years ago. If you have never changed an opinion, something is wrong.
I don’t long for the “good old days” for they have never existed. I do, however, long for the future when the fulness of God’s kingdom comes.
One great thing about living in 2021 is streaming television. My wife and I are watching “Mad About You”, and old sitcom starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser. It is brilliant. Their chemistry is beautiful to watch. And the characters love each other, which is rare for television couples. They are also extremely funny.
I am firmly convinced that the only reason Happy Days was popular was that there was literally nothing else on.
When I was a child, I had a friend that I hung out with. We used spoons to dig roads and tunnels in the dirt and pretend we were civil engineers designing roads for Hot Wheels. I miss doing that.
I once clogged up his toilet and didn’t know how to process that, so I just got on my bike and went home. Sorry, Rick. My bad.
Bob Hope isn’t funny either.
That’s all. Go outside and take a walk.
2 responses to “Random thoughts for February 2nd”
I love this. Thanks, Sam.
Pastor Powell, you had me at “what if”!