The Bible says we’re pilgrims, sojourners on this Earth. In our times of jet planes and email (as opposed to “snail mail”), we have little understanding of long journeys. But when Nehemiah traveled back and forth between the capital of the Persian Empire and Jerusalem, it took days or weeks.
Impatience is the enemy of the Christian. When bad situations don’t turn around fast enough, too many give up and return to the world. There is need of stick-to-it-iveness, of perseverance.
I’m sure Moses would have liked to make the journey to the Promised Land in an appropriate amount of time — not 40 years! God is patient with us, and we should be patient with Him.
Posted in Christianity, Jesus, patience
Tagged Bible, character, Faith, God, impatience, life philosophy, Moses, Nehemiah, pilgrims, sojourners, thoughts
Avocado fries at Rustic Kitchen from West Los Angeles.
Yeah, I can find so many better things to do with my time. And they keep giving you rules: what’s healthy, what you shouldn’t eat. Why don’t they let me lead my life the way I want? They’re so judgemental, hateful, hypocritical. What’s the point? Why do they try to force you to eat?
Sorry. Switch “eat” for “church” to understand my analogy.
Spiritual food is just as necessary, useful and delicious as physical food.
Posted in church, food, foodie, Jesus
Tagged Bible, Christianity, Faith, God, inspiration, life philosophy, ministry, random, Rustic Kitchen, thoughts, West Los Angeles, yum
Here in LA, freeways aren’t often “free.” They’re clogged and miserable.
Here on Earth, the free ways of sin aren’t either. Being “free” from God’s law makes you a slave to sin. You may persuade yourself you’re free and happy — but that doesn’t, can’t, won’t last. True freedom, joy and peace can be found only in Jesus.
The intelligentsia has done a wonderful job of publicity. They have barraged the public with a continual onslaught so that people believe that Greenland is actually green. Ha!
If you’re tired of the lies, come to Christ and enjoy true freedom.
Posted in Christianity, faith, freedom, Jesus, sin
Tagged Bible, Christ, free life, freeway, God, good life, joy, life, life philosophy, peace, random, thoughts
There is a certain attraction to being a provocateur. Lord Byron intrigues with his idea of the Satanic Savior in his poem Prometheus, in which he describes the human condition as suffering.
To his own peril, Prometheus violates Zeus’ command and gives fire to humanity to help him on Earth. The parallels are obvious: It is the Serpent who gifted mankind with what God, the Great Party-Pooper, selfishly denied to humanity (in the Biblical account, knowledge of good and evil).
But the comparison breaks down. First, Prometheus truly wanted to benefit mankind; Satan wanted to destroy mankind. Second, Prometheus wanted to give mankind what was beneficial; Satan, what was harmful. Third, Zeus feared an uprising of mankind much like he led against the Titans and thus wished to deprive man of fire as a weapon; God, only loved mankind and wished for voluntary corresponding love.
Students go giddy as they drink the intoxicating idea that rebellion is not only fun but right. However, it might be good to 1) consider the dissimilarities and 2) examine Byron’s life and fruits to meditate on the wisdom of following his life philosophy.
Posted in literature, Lord Byron, Prometheus
Tagged Christianity, college education, Faith, humanities, inspiration, Jesus, life philosophy, poetry, provocateur, thoughts, vain philosophies