Friday, April 24, 2015

One way valve - installed the wrong way.

A strange bit of reasoning I've seen pop up several times in reference to different popular vices.  The most recent of which was part of a conversation where some Christians were urging others to be part of homosexual 'weddings', but I've seen it used in other disputes as well.  Here it is:

“Well, we don’t confront [some established sin] when it occurs in the Church, so it would be hypocritical to confront [the sin currently being pressed on the Church]”.

In the particular conversation I mentioned above, the argument was "since Christians don't distance themselves from remarriage weddings (which Jesus said -w/possible qualifiers- are adultery), they should not refuse to be part of homosexual 'weddings'."

Don’t the people making the argument realize that such a policy is basically a one-way valve allowing all sin to be normalized into the Body of Christ, and for no sin to be expunged?

Doesn’t it make more sense to say that since Scripture speaks against both practices - the established sin and the one they’re lobbying to introduce -  we should obey God and curtail *both* sins? 

As difficult as it has been, I've intentionally not gone to several divorce-remarriage weddings of people I love because they had not had Scriptural justification for their divorces, and I am convinced from Scripture that it would be false to God and to them to affirm their remarriage with my presence.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


My shoe box has filled up with days
a hill of pages, stacked in reams
while I on top
look back on youth
from traveled age.
The cord, I feel, is growing thin
the process has long since begun
when heaviness to soil consigned
gravely planted for a Son to find
my waiting breath then carried up
wrapped about with every page
to wait through my long cold December
in that presence I have longed to see
with friends to wait for every spring
I once, so many years ago
was born with skin,
and will yet wake
a child - and a man,
with my children all around me.