Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Stability as a Matter of Faith

Stability as a Matter of Faith

James 1:1-8 NKJV
1 James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.


Today, we use our phones, e-mail accounts and i-pods to stay organized. Time management and dependability, or lack thereof, we often blame on the functionality of such mechanisms. The value we place on each is remarkable to me. I will be the first to confess, I have missed a number of meetings in the name of dysfunctional technology. However, at the end of the day, the truth is we really cannot blame our unstable schedules on technology. Instability is a faith issue. The bible says that faith keeps you from being tossed and driven by the wind like a wave of the sea, not your organizer. We often think we can organize our way into a righteous life. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are in multi-tasking. If the agenda does not reflect the fruit of the Spirit: Patience, you will still feel like a rocking boat on a turbulent sea of life. If you still feel out of sorts, even with the company of your personal assistant at your finger tips, this is a word for you. Evaluate what you are doing and why you are doing it in the stead of how much of it you can do in a day. You might see after your evaluation, you are wrecking your own nerves and inadvertently trying your own patience.

Question: How do you think our use of technology and the internet influences our understanding of the simplicity of Christ? (II Corinthians 11:2-4)

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Scriptured Life: Etiquette

The Scriptured Life: Etiquette

Etiquette is doing the right thing when the wrong is ever present. What does etiquette have to do with scripture? Well, etiquette is the way to do something according to a set standard. It is more difficult to obey the standard set than to do it the individual way. The same is with the word of God. It is much easier to set our own way of life than the way God has set for us. Let us assume we ignored the basic standards of dining etiquette as we do the standards God has set for us. Imagine there were no forks at the table and everyday was like pizza day. Using your fingers to eat spaghetti and soup in the stead of a knife and spoon. Oh, yeah, no need for napkins. Just wipe that gooey stuff right on your clothes. Drink right out of the pitcher and reach over the plates of others to get what you need. How awful. Well, seemingly, that is how we treat the word- like a dinner with no etiquette. No respect for basic requests God makes of us, such as honor thy neighbor as thyself. Love your wife as Christ loves the church. Be obedient to your parents. Do not let the sun go down on your anger and serve the LORD your God with all your heart, mind and soul. Just the basics ignored lead to a sloppy life. Fingers filled with the grime of the world- hearts no purer than the bottom of a shoe. Well, I suppose that is why I am so passionate about etiquette. My mantra still stands: A person with no etiquette is as a pencil with no point- they both have endless possibilities when sharpened. Press toward the mark today. Be polite and obedient. God bless.

Caarne White