December 4th, 2011

sin happens

Quoting myself

From today's sermon:
Too often, we speak of “accepting Christ as Lord and Savior” as if that meant negotiating a personal services contract with the Almighty, as if we had something to offer that he wanted in return for what he has on offer that we want. In fact, we are all rebels, beaten in the field and cut off from resupply, whose only power is to dig in and fight hopelessly for the sake of our pride even while we live by looting our own side. And to us, God sends his messenger to offer us mercy and peace – but only if we will surrender ourselves and promise to follow him as our rightful lord. There is no room for pride in that. The first step on the way home is often the hardest step of all, and we don’t do people any favors by making them think that it’s easier than it is.

The other shoe drops

All kinds of people got upset over that Kentucky congregation that voted to ban interracial couples from joining. Well, here's the rest of that story. There are only about forty people in the whole congregation, and the vote that was taken will be voided for not having even enough of those present to call for such a change in the church's bylaws. The original measure that got everybody upset passed, 9-6. So, a whole NINE people rammed through a vote that made their church a laughingstock and gave all kinds of tub-thumpers a stage upon which to ramp and snort, and all of us orthodox Christian types had to defend our own churches against the implication that those NINE people described us, too.

The news is full of tails wagging dogs these days.