Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Why I'm Not Outraged by SCOTUS' Same Sex Marriage Ruling


Unless you've been living under a rock, of course you know that the Supreme Court of this once-great country ruled that all states must recognize "same sex marriage."

And the response has been loud on both sides.

Since I am a Christian I am, of course, dismayed that this country has, to a large degree, embraced "same sex marriage," but I'm certainly not surprised by the ruling.

I'm not even outraged.

See, sisters, this battle wasn't lost in a courtroom last week.  This battle was lost decades ago in Christian homes across the nation.

It was lost in front of television screens and in movie theaters when we accepted ungodly behavior in the name of entertainment.

It was lost in ballot boxes, on editorial pages, and in the news.  When we chose ungodly men and women to lead this country, what direction did we think the national would travel?  When we refused to confront the media who calls evil good and good evil, didn't we realize how they would sway the country?

It was lost in classrooms, from kindergarten to graduate school, where we not only sent our children, but directed them to learn from ungodly men and women teaching curriculum that flouts God and His Word.

It was lost in our family discussions and in our church buildings when we turned a blind eye to sexual immorality and the corruption of marriage many years ago.

The battle was lost decades ago because we forgot how to blush - and eventually we no longer cared.

We have forgotten that the same God who calls homosexual intercourse sin also says the same about premarital sex (Galatians 5:19-21) and unscriptural remarriage (Matthew 5:32). The same God who defined marriage as being between one man and one woman, also defined it to be so for life (Matthew 19:8).

Even more than that, this same God who says that sexual immorality is a sin says the same about lying (Revelation 21:8) and jealousy (Galatians 5 again).  This God who we have looked to to define marriage gives us other definitions too.  According to Him, greed is idolatry (Colossians 3:5), and selfishness is the path to death (Luke 9:24).

To be outraged about the SCOTUS ruling is like being shocked when your doctor diagnoses you with cancer after a life spent smoking and eating garbage food.  This ruling is merely a confirmation of what Christians should have seen all along:  We are a nation morally adrift - a nation who has, for many years, eschewed God's Word - and for the most part, Christians have rolled with it.

However, all is not lost. There are things we can do to turn this nation around - but dire situations call for drastic action.  To change the culture in which we live, we will have to do crazy things.  Bold things.  Radical things.

We'll need to start actually living like Christians.

We'll need to read our Bibles - and obey what we find in them.  (Why is it that we expect unbelievers to obey God's commands when His own people don't?)

We'll need to honor all of God's Word - even the parts we don't like, or that we have ignored for decades.

We'll need to address sin in our families and in our churches.

We'll need to sacrifice our comfort to follow Christ.  (Back in the day that was called "denying yourself, picking up your cross, and following Jesus".)

We'll need to elect Godly men and women.  Even if it hurts our pocketbooks.

We'll need to turn off the television more, and visit the box office less when what is seen there does not honor God.

We'll need to stop sacrificing our children on the altar of the government school system.

It starts with us:
Not too infrequently I see the latter part of the following Scripture offered as a comforting response to the sin around us.  Notice, however, who has to change for the land to be healed: it's not "them"; it's "us."
[If] My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from heaven, and will forgiven their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

It's time to stop talking like we're outraged about the sin around us, and start living like Christians.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

If You're Missing the Great Testimony of the Josh Duggar Scandal, You're Missing the Gospel


I joked to a friend the other day that the Josh Duggar scandal nearly brought me out of bloggy retirement.

I guess I was wrong on that one.

One thing I don't think I'm wrong about, though, is the beautiful testimony of the Josh Duggar scandal.

That's right; beautiful.

What Mr. Duggar did was certainly awful.  I don't think that anyone, even Josh himself, has said that he wasn't in the wrong.  He was absolutely wrong.

Like every other human being of a level of accountability has been.

Gospel Truth
You know one of the craziest testimonies in the Bible from my perspective?  How in the world could the adulterous, murdering, David be called a man after God's own heart?  You can't get a whole lot more off track than David was in his dealings with Bathsheba and, yet, of this vile sinner who had already known the beauty of God's grace, God says, "I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart."

Friday, August 1, 2014

Walking Away or Walking Toward?

Found on Pinterest

Today, the stars aligned and The Cowboy was able to slip away from work at the same time our oldest boy could watch the kids - which happened to be at the same time I realized that I really needed a few minutes alone with my husband.  

Just like every day for the past few weeks, I was overwhelmed with God's goodness - and the consequences of that goodness.

It hit me, over my Turkey Bacon Avocado sandwich, that I needed more than a few minutes alone with my husband to properly handle all of the goodness (sometimes it comes in disguise too, you know) that the Lord was sending our way.

I keep thinking I'm going to blog about all of the wonderful, busy, crazy, awesome things God is doing in our lives right now - but when I have the time, I don't have the words.

Today some of the words spilled out at lunch:

There is so much going on right now - so much God is doing in our lives that I need to focus on, I think I need to let go of the blog.

The Cowboy thinks I should ratchet back my blogging time rather than quitting altogether.  

I don't know.  I'll take time to breathe deep, snuggle in close to the Lord's side, and pray, pray, pray...

The Cowboy and I have prayed for years that the Lord would use us - really use us.  We've wondered if this is really all the Lord would have for us to do: live normal lives and share Jesus where we're planted.

I think so.  I think the answer might be "yes, this is 'all' there is."  I want to believe that He wants me to minister to the poor in a foreign field, but maybe He really wants me to learn and grow while I weed corn and raise babies.  I want to believe that we're to give it all up and move to a third world country and pour out Jesus on those who don't know Him.  Maybe I really am supposed to vacuum my dining room more often, and pour more tea for those God is using differently than He is using us.

I don't know what God is doing, but I know that lately The Cowboy and I have been praying earnestly (and together) that He would order our days.  That He would bring people into our lives and use us to pour His love out on them.  That He would be the director of our days and nights.

And our crazy God took those request seriously.

I realize that we have prayed these prayers in the past, but it was as if we held on tightly to the reins - to make sure that God didn't get too crazy - to make sure we didn't find ourselves on a runaway.  Finally, we let go of the reins, grabbed on to God and said, "alright; we're in - just help us stay aboard, Lord!"

Every day I am slacked jawed as I see God at work all around us - and in us.  I think, when we began to pray earnestly a couple of weeks ago He must have thought, "well, finally!  I've been waiting for this!

And it seems to me that to continue to spend the time on my blog that I do is taking away from the work He has blessed us with.  

Every "yes" means saying "no" somewhere else.

Maybe I'm wrong.  Maybe I'm not being called to let go of the blog.  For now, though, this passage comes to mind:

15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5)

 So, while I don't know my future, much less the future of this blog, for now I'm going to let go and throw myself into the work God has called us to.

May God bless you, my friend - and may none of us shrink back from the work the Lord has for us on this earth!

(As a completely unrelated aside, the amazing Mussers need your prayers.)


Sunday, July 27, 2014

What God Has Joined Together: Changing How We Think About Adoption


I hear it not infrequently.  And it always makes me cringe.

The latest version went like this:
God is molding a baby in another mother's womb to be the perfect fit for our family.

I don't know whether to cry or to scream.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Just Call Me Kish {On Being a Grandmother After God's Own Heart}

Monday morning I was blessed beyond words when my first grandchild was born.  I have been trying to decide what my grandson would call me ever since I knew of his impending arrival.  

Everyone is grandma (so confusing), and I loathe "granny."  I wanted something easy for him to say that would distinguish me from his other grandmother (and great grandmothers).  Since I am part Wasco (Indian), it seemed to me that the Wasco word for grandmother was perfect.  I am officially "Kish"!

Sam: the world's cutest grandson.

Monday, July 21, 2014

See You at the Finish Line!


24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9)

When I left Facebook, a young God-lover who was serving the Lord in Mexico on a summer mission trip bid me farewell:

See you at the finish line!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Making a Jesus a Liar

This is actually a recycled post - one of my favorites from earlier this year.  (And, if you enjoy reading my previous posts, it turns out that one of them was featured on Faithful Bloggers last week.  I'd be blessed if you'd read and comment on either one!)

For decades, as I've read my Bible, I've been somewhat curious about how the early Christians lived in such intimate community with one another.  And, as I've been curious, I've discussed this with wiser, older Christians and they've always agreed: " is such a curiosity...such a beautiful thing...but definitely not "required" in any way...and not even feasible in our day and age and location."

Sounded reasonable to me.

Yet, it still nags at me every time I read verses like:

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