to keep warm, eating pizza and watching The Pink Panther. It was pretty funny but doesn’t come close to the original, IMHO. Peter Sellers was hilarious in the old ones, Steve Martin was, well, okay, I guess.
SU and I took Buddy on the three mile loop this morning, 41Â° in overcast Shoreacres. Brr cold. Had a nice chat along the way, talking about Christmas, then things spiritual in general. I have to stop one day on the journey up the coast and take a picture that will prove to one and all that Christ has not been taken out of Christmas. Trust me, it won’t be a picture ofÂ a church billboard. Coming soon. We talked about the hypocrisy of the season and the total misuse of Christ for gain. Sometimes you just want to tell people to pull their heads out and get a view of what they are doing. I wonder if they had a ten-foot inflatable Santa in the cave where Jesus was born?
Then we moved to wealth and if Christians could indeed be wealthy and represent Christ at the same time. My opinion is that yes, we can, nothing that I read in the Bible prevents it. There are some indicators we can use in viewing such wealth though. Was it gotten by deception, thievery, trickery, exploitation, etc.? Is the person of wealth using that wealth for “good” or to gain more wealth? And wealth is in the eye of the beholder, I wouldn’t think that Bill Gates would consider SU and I to be wealthy but most probably a kid born in the barrio or ghetto would. And are we using our “wealth” (yes, I know, a very relative term in the Bigjolly’s case) according to the principles outlined in the Bible? Something to consider.
Tomorrows class will be on confidence, specifically in overcoming the obstacles that seem to pop up everywhere when you are trying to do God’s work. Using Ezra 4-6 as background. Funny how history repeats itself. I especially like how the local people used bribes and lobbyists to slow down the building of temple. So often we see that happening today – you tried building a church lately? It is very difficult, local officials don’t want anything build that doesn’t increase the tax base.
Speaking of churches, Orthodixie had a link to a pathetic story about two Presbyterian churches merging, then selling one of the old church buildings to an Islamic group. Cross comes down, crescent goes up. The really pathetic part for a Christian was in the quotes from the two pastors. Wow. Our faith has been totally, systematically corrupted. Is it a wonder that I’m still searching? That quote from Buddha makes a whole heckuva lotta sense.