We often hear about the "Christian Right," or "Conservative Christians." Yet, if you think about it, Jesus was the original liberal.  He cared about motives more than the deeds themselves (Matthew 23:5 & Mark 12:41-43) and more about compassion than adhering to rules (Luke 6:1-11 & Luke 13:10-17). This blog will reflect liberal Christian values of compassion, tolerance, mercy, charity, a thirst for knowledge & understanding, and, above all, love.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Value Of Work

“Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
~ Matthew 6: 25-34

I have trouble with Matthew 6: 25-34. To read it, it can be interpreted to mean we shouldn't work to feed and clothe ourselves; as long as we believe, God will provide. While I believe in God, I don't buy the idea that he wants us to kick back and depend on him for every little thing.

1 Timothy 5:18 says, "For the Scripture says, 'You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,' and, 'The laborer deserves his wages.'" This tells me there's value in doing work for on honest wage to provide for ourselves and our families.

Perhaps the passage from Matthew 6: 25-34 is about balancing one’s priorities. It’s a way of saying we’re not supposed to value food, drink, and clothing over our relationship with Christ. The Book of Matthew may be cautioning us to not fixate on the leather jacket at Macy’s, or the new pasta recipe, when we’re supposed to be listening to the sermon.

Monday, December 23, 2019

The Beauty Of Christmas

Art by Norman Rockwell circa 1950
Well, I have fallen a bit behind on my blogging. It’s not that I’m short of opinions. I could write about the impeachment of the president on my political blog, Star Wars mania on my pop culture fan blog, or KFC’s spicy chicken & waffles on my food blog. However, at this time of year buying toys for my nephews and writing cards to those who bring me joy year ‘round simply had to come first.

Even when I called myself agnostic, rather than Christian, I’ve made Christmas a priority. Yes, it’s important to remember and honor the birth of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Christmas gives us an opportunity to focus on Christ and renew our relationship with Him.

That being said, the season holds something for believers and non-believer alike. The way I see it, Christmas is an opportunity to give back to those around us. We all have people who make our lives better. Yet, if we start handing out touching cards and little presents on May 1st or June 5th people start peering at us out of one eye, as if there's something wrong with us.

Christmas is a socially acceptable excuse to show extra kindness and gratitude. While it’s, arguably, sad that we need such an excuse, I think it’s fanatic that we have one. Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ, and also to celebrate each other; to do for each other. That's the beauty of Christmas, at least it is for me.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Deserving Of Love?

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” ~ Ephesians 2:8

There aren't many perks to being physically disabled. With a few exceptions, I pretty much have to depend on the kindness of others for everything I need and want. I need to be fed, bathed, shaved, cleaned after evacuating my bowels, etc.…. Yet, in a way, that's a perk, because it lets me see people for who they are.

As they work in earnest to clean me and/or alleviate my pain, I can’t help but love them. When I tell them so, they tell me they love me too. For a split second I wonder why. What about me makes me worthy of their love?

Then I realize, their love for me has nothing to do with me, but is a reflection of them and their compassion.

I imagine it’s the same way with God. There's nothing we can do to EARN God’s love. God loves us because He’s a gracious and compassionate God, not because of anything we’ve done.   While this means we can't earn God's love, I suppose it means we can't lose it either.