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POST VACATION (7 days without social media or News) Op-Ed:

Camping Out on a Topic: Culture.

Our pastor Sunday brought up an interesting analysis underneath the topic “Choose To Come Under God’s Word”: “It’s not about our perfection, but our direction. “We’ve become allergic to Authority, Obedience, etc.” “WE’VE TRADED A CULTURE OF AUTHORITY For A CULTURE OF AUTHENTICITY.” “We let emotions determine actions.”

A topic on Culture would probably lead to a discussion on “Modernity”, but I’m going to stay on the surface evaluating Authority and Authenticity. For a more in depth overview of “Modernity”, see link: https://www3.dbu.edu/mitchell/modernit.htm. Or, Charles Taylor’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Ethics-Authenticity-Charles-Taylor/dp/0674268636.

A review of the terminology:
Authority = “the power to give orders or make decisions : the power or right to direct or control someone or something.”
Authenticity = “real or genuine : not copied or false. : true and accurate. : made to be or look just like an original.”

Good, Bad, or more realistically both are at play in either of these terms. Legal/Moral absolutes can have areas of grey when the end result is for good. For instance, stealing is bad, but if it’s done to help others, some would see that as good.

Cultural absolutes are so diverse that finding an authoritative standard to follow would also be difficult.
So, for simplicity, let’s look at laws and feelings. Laws are an agreed upon standard of living that doesn’t depend on feelings to be true. You may not like someone exercising their freedom of speech, based on your feelings, but legally that is protected by law. However, if their freedom of speech violates a law, such as blatant discrimination or hate, feelings are relevant because a law was broken.

I’m all for people being “Authentic”, but circumventing “Authority” (Laws) to do it, should not be an acceptable norm in society. I’ve learned that even though you can do (or say) something, doesn’t always mean you should. Letting “emotions determine actions” has changed our culture and is a stain on society that will be hard to remove.

As far as Biblical absolutes, I’m holding on to these two: Love God and Love Others. As well as: “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 ESV. Notice I’m not bringing up the Ten Commandments, because the two absolutes above covers them as well.

No matter who you are, where you live, or what you believe: you live by a standard. That standard is based on your beliefs, who raised you, and the laws your subject to. The laws “should” be non-negotiable, and enforced without bias. If a law needs changed, be a voice for that change; but breaking the law to do it diminishes your voice.

⚠️Political soap-box: Unfortunately, a lot of “well-meaning” lawmakers used feelings as a compass to legislate society. Just as unfortunate, people pick and choose what laws their going to obey. Others with their own agenda make it difficult for the laws to be enforced, and cause division and animosity. 

❤️In the end I can only control my feelings and actions, teach my children what/why I believe, learn from my mistakes, lead by example, and pray that others will make wise choices.

Respect is not the destination, it’s the vehicle you’re driving.

Love is not the destination, it’s the fuel in the vehicle.
Tolerance is not the destination, it’s the two way street we’re on.
Grace is not the destination, it’s the vehicle God uses to bless.
Hope is not the destination, it’s the fuel in the vehicle.
Truth is not ONLY the destination, it SHOULD BE the ROAD WE ALL TRAVEL.

ON MY KNEES IN THE YMCA

Stay Unashamed

Sometimes the biggest thing that God wants out of us in a situation is obedience. And so when there are moments that bring a challenge into our lives, or when we are presented with something that seems almost impossible, we chicken out and make excuses.

What does it mean to be obedient when God tells us to do crazy things?

One day I went to the YMCA to go running. I’m usually there about 5 days a week. While I was there, I was messaging a friend about someone who was falling in their faith. It tears me up inside to see someone I care SO much about walk away from God. And it was in that moment that I couldn’t think straight, let alone go running with a “clear” conscious. Its all I could think about. The worry and anxiety consumed me.

As I poured out my sorrow and grief to my friend, it was then that the…

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