Returning to social media this year has been great. It’s good to reconnect with so many faces through this platform. What’s encouraging about having an online presence is what it foreshadows and now that I’m thinking about it, its more of what it declares rather than foretells: something extraordinary is on the rise. I’m sure many geese will goose their dissent on the matter — yet regardless of what may surface — may God’s grace humble us enough to distinguish objectivity from what is biased.
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. 1 Tim 5:21
O you who believe! Eschew much suspicion, for suspicion in some cases is a sin. And do not spy into the secrets of one another, nor backbite one another, would anyone of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Why, you would loath it. Take Allah as (your) shield. Surely, Allah is Oft-Returning (with compassion and is) Ever Merciful. Al – Hujurat 49:12
May the church of God say Amen, Amen, and Amen.
نرجو ان يقول أهل الله: Mashallah, Mashallah, Mashallah.
Severed from Home
I older I get, the more I encounter circumstances of ‘not belonging’. It’s apparent navigating this world with all its institutionalized systems. Not that I’m against traditions or orthodoxy, it’s just those who lack understanding tend to alienate those that don’t fit their paradigm. Unfortunately, history shows that this often leads to hostility and unjust condemnation. If we’re serene, we’d avoid extremes; it is always a detrimental scene. (Ecc 7:16-18)
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. -Nicene Creed
God made both the sheep and the wolf, the snake and the worm, the hog and the dog. We must be careful not to altogether castigate animals lest we destroy pieces of ourselves. Do you suppose that God will accept a maimed or blind animal as a reasonable sacrifice? Consider what is said and let our bodies be healed. For I kneel before the Father and our Lord Jesus so that we may be filled with the power of God; yet this knee has yet to make its incredible journey back home. Don’t be content allowing men who are of the family of God to work and eat among swine. Until we learn to give all men their proper dignity and justice, it will be absent from the societies we live in. But thanks be to God our Father, who is willing to give us all that he has – if only we would faithfully ask Him Prodigal Son. No Kap here.
The Congregational Renouncement
I James, therefore declare before God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ; in the midst of His holy saints, his innumerable angels, and the world; in order to fulfill His ministry and formally begin the journey of Discipleship, do renounce the Church and all that I have for the sake of Jesus; to know Him fully and share in His sufferings with all His followers who have been made perfect; and to realize His kingdom in a universe antagonistic to His ways.
So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. Lu 14:33
Surrendering to Christianity
Lord far be it from me that I should know OF you and not KNOW you. Give me the desire and strength to do your will. Do not let falsehoods overcome me yet let me tread the paths that few have found. Lead me to the gate that is narrow, seeing you and only you by my side. May every good work flow from us your people. We want to look like you as we lay our lives down for your name. May you be exalted in sickness and health, in poverty and riches, in humility and honor, as servants (slaves) and masters according to your power and glory. Amen
Control the Narrative
So, James yet again turned away from the assembly to take the path of reproach. Albeit this time it was more definitive; gone were the days of mere isolation and defeat, for he had met many souls who were gracious along the way. James now has a great host at his right hand. He has fought many wars creating many inventions through them. Will James realize paradise in this life? He takes his trusted weapons for battle; His shield and Sword. But he doesn’t seem wired for war:
Hear another parable. There was a master of a house planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a wine press in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants and went into another country. When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit.
And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.Again, he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. Finally, he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” Matt 21:33-40