Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Well, at least you go somewhere."

My college roommate, Mickey Breedlove, and I were reliving some old memories this weekend when I recalled a funny moment from our college days at Auburn.  I reminded him of the time that we had gone to visit a Pentecostal church in a nearby town one night that was pastored by someone in his extended family.   Following the service, a  young woman came up to welcome us and politely asked, "Where do you go to church?"  I told her that I was an active member of First Baptist Church in Auburn.  She quietly responded, "Well, at least you go somewhere."  God bless her!  I know she meant well but we Christians can say the dumbest things!

Monday, March 7, 2011

The long-term cost of a bad decision

I hate to think that I'm the kind of person that holds a grudge.  I like to think of myself as humble enough to acknowledge my own failings and compassionate enough to forgive others of their failings but I'm starting to wonder about that.  Today, I drove past the the home of an old friend and all I could think about was how disappointed I still am in something he did many years ago.  It's not something he did to me  . . . it's just something he did that spoke so clearly to his character.  He used a blowtorch to create burn marks on a dead tree in his yard in order to file an insurance claim for lightning damage.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The danger of "what seems right"

I've been thinking about something I read a couple of weeks ago in the Old Testament.  In Judges 17:6 and Judges 21:25, scripture records that during a time when the Israelites had no king, "the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes" and I've come to realize how dangerous a practice that was for them and is for us today.  On the surface, it seems like a good idea.  If I don't have anyone in authority over me to determine and dictate what is right or wrong, it seems not only reasonable but prudent to take on that responsibility myself.  Wouldn't this be better than just doing whatever seems to benefit me?  Surely my judgment is better than no judgment, right? The flaw in this thinking is revealed as you continue to read.