We just bought an older house. It is a little over a hundred years old. It has all the charm and character of an old house. It has a lot detail and characteristics that an old house would have. The eaves are not just simple flat boards painted white. They have crown molding and nice supports that accent the molding beautifully. Some of the original doors are intact, nice, heavy doors made of solid wood. High ceilings in some rooms, a fireplace with a gorgeous mantle and a late addition sunroom that is a nice place to sit and relax. The one minor change we made was that we opened up the kitchen and the dining room. In order to get some of the detail in a new construction you have to pay a lot more.
Then the aspects of having old home that are not as charming start to appear. The furnace crapped the bed and had to be replaced. Some rough spot on the outside that needed to be addressed due to neglect. A sewer pipe that a tree has found as a source of food. A lot of small little things that add up to a lot of money. Pretty soon, you find yourself wishing you had bought that new construction that had what new construction is supposed to have, fewer headaches and fewer worries. You don’t care about the charm anymore and you don’t want to pay another dime.
The problem is, unless you have a lot of time and a lot of money and a lot of patience, the old house will continue to present problems that will always need to be addressed. That is the problem with old houses, and the old self. Once we become sons and daughters of the living God we have a new Tennant in our old self. It is the Tennant that finds all the hidden problems and other weaknesses that keeps the old house rundown and wants to continue to hide issues that seek to destroy the home. The Tennant wants to expose these problems so they can be dealt with and repaired.
A new home is coming. One of which no human hand could match in beauty and wonder. Let the Tennant do His job and allow Him to find the hidden rot. One day, you will be rewarded with a home of new construction with a heavenly master’s touch.
All Christians are hypocrites. Somehow, Christians have become the only “segment” of society that are capable of being hypocrites. It seems that when any other group or segment appear to be hypocritical about something the response is that those who question are misinterpreting the situation or the context. It is only Christians who are capable of hypocrisy. It seems that we, as Christians, claim to be in constant contact with our Creator and we are a new person in Christ then we are now to be perfect. Unfortunately for Christians, perfection will not come while we occupy this body of flesh.
We are all hypocrites, Christians and non-Christians alike. I once had a conversation with a person who had a problem with Christians, and that was one thing that he threw at me, all Christians are hypocrites. Exasperated, I shot back that we are all hypocrites about something. Now, he and his friend were hippies in the 90’s. They followed The Grateful Dead and Phish. They made fun of another person who like the metal bands on the radio and went to their concerts. They were worse than he was. They would go to Phish concerts, keep a log book of the songs they played during their sets and talk about the variations they played of individual songs. It would be considered pathetic by their own standards. Eventually, he came back and said I was right about everyone being hypocrites.
Essentially, non-Christians know that Christians have something special. Most, instead of seeking to experience the joy of being one with Christ they attack what they do not understand. Beyond that, they do not care to understand. They only care to seek destruction on what makes Christians different. Being hypocritical while doing it is immaterial.
It has been a while since I have written you a letter. I have had so much stuff happen in my life. It seems that almost as soon as I was informed of a promotion and a raise at work that I started having problems with my marriage and with my kids. I don’t want to lose either relationship. I love my wife but it seems that the problems I am having with my kids has distracted me from my relationship with her.
I suppose there is a question we should be asking. This is an important question because it could change the way we live out our lives as Christians in an increasingly hostile world towards Christians. I had watched a documentary on human trafficking and it eye-opening to say the least. Some of those interviewed were former prostitutes who were involved in the business of selling their bodies for twenty or more years. What struck me most was not how the traffickers worked but the transformation of the redeemed women. They had found peace in the saving power of Christ, but what they had really found was forgiveness.
Most of us know we are forgiven and understand that forgiveness is given to us and available to us. We understand that the Father has forgiven us through His Son when He put on the cross by our sins. We are forgiven because Jesus died for us and received what we deserved for our sins. We are forgiven. For some of us, the feeling of forgiveness fails to penetrate through the layers of guilt we have used as a wall around our hearts and souls. We seem unwilling and are unable to allow the forgiveness of Christ to penetrate through the walls of guilt so we can fully receive His mercy.
The woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried His feet with her hair, she felt and embraced Christ’s forgiveness. The women and men in that video knew and felt Christ’s forgiveness. The difference between them and us is that there deepest and darkest sins were close to the surface. One merely had see them on the street to know what they were involved with and what they did for a living. Their sin was their life. Most of the rest of us bury our sin, our darkest thoughts and acts, and hope that no one sees them, and we keep them buried instead of verbally confessing them before our fellow brothers and sisters. When I say verbally I mean out loud. Sin remains buried when sin is not revealed, and forgiveness cannot be felt and truly understood until sin has been confessed and revealed.
We should seek to feel the forgiveness of Christ deep in our souls, and we will not understand real joy until we feel real forgiveness.
It has been some time since I have posted a blog. There is a good reason. I have moved into a new home and it took some time to settle in and get organized. Still not entirely settled but since we are here for the long haul, we will have time to settle in, go through all the boxes we have and eliminate some stuff we don’t think we want and replace it with new stuff which we will decide later in life that we don’t want that anymore, either.
Well, it seems that no one has visited my site who wanted to leave me a comment that wasn’t an advertisement to another website. I have been thinking about the lack of comments. At one time, it had disappointed me and kinda affected my motivation to write on my site. But now I have changed. I will wait upon the Lord and He will bring people to read what I write.
I am going to change some things because I have read some things about blogging. One thing I wrote is the definition of a blog is a short piece of writing that is an opinion piece on some recent item in the news. What I write about does cover that type of writing in some of my topics, but only in a way that points to an eternal discussion point. I don’t want to write about temporary things because we are not temporary, we are eternal. It is my endeavor to stress what I think is important in man’s constant struggle against himself and the doom that awaits those who don’t accept the mercy offered by God through His Son.
I am not trying to convince anyone to believe what I believe, but I am asking that the reader reflect on what I write and not have a knee-jerk reaction and shoot from the hip in a response.