On most Sundays, I publish a brief Sunday Lesson. It’s nothing more than an observation or an idea or useful application from something I’m studying. I feel deeply blessed and deeply responsible for writing this. I schedule the posts to publish at 1:35. Don’t worry about the time: you can sign up to receive a notification any time I publish something. I’m up for all comments and try to respond to them all. Be forewarned that I reserve Sundays for my family. It’s a work in progress, but a goal we’re all growing into. So, if I don’t respond, I’m probably playing chess with my daughter or watching lousy TV with my wife. On an outstanding day, I might catch a couple innings of Braves baseball. With my wife, of course. It’s Sunday.
This is a short one, but the learning is profound. Maybe life-changing.
I watched my neighbor on Facebook doing church the other night for his flock. He and his wife are pastors in a church that is traditionally Black. I go to a church that is traditionally White. I envision Paul laughing, saying that, whatever the color, culture, status, or gender of the members, the Lord Jesus, King of the Universe, allows me to mentor churches that are traditionally Christian. There’s lots to be done in this regard.
I don’t remember the exact topic, but one snippet will stay with me. Talking about Moses, my neighbor talked about G preparing him for his duel with Pharaoh’s magicians. Before the confrontation, He told Moses to throw down the stick he was holding. He did, and it turned into a snake. Now, He said, pick it up by the tail. I admit it: I’d be skittish about this one, and it’s always struck me as an odd command. But, watching my neighbor on Facebook, I saw it from a new light
G wants you to pick it up that snake because G wants you to handle the problem. That’s the message. For whatever G has in store for you and your future, G wants you to be ready to handle it. G will do his part, but even if He parts the sea, you’ve got to step onto the wet sand.
Did you hear that?
G wants you to handle the problem.
G is ready to help, and your church family is, too, but here’s the teaching: G wants you to handle the problem.
I get a lot of blowback when I write that I read and enjoy Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox theology. And, let me tell you – it only gets louder when I admit to reading atheists and new-agers and Native American spirituality. But I am entirely convinced that Augustine was right when he said that all truth is G’s truth, and I want to see truth from every vantage and couched in any language.
So, handle the problem. It’s as easy and hard as that.
By way of explanation, I label myself as an agnostic Christian. I attend a Southern Baptist church and am comfortable with Roman Catholic and Orthodox theology and all kinds of Protestant thought. For Bibles, I generally use the Jerusalem Bible, the English Standard Version, and the Amplified Bible. A favorite verse is Micah 6:8 where the prophet says:
G has already told you what is right and what to do: do what is right, love loyalty, and walk humbly with G.