Alright fellow CPC Jumpstarters, let’s try something a little different today. This may totally fail and I may not have a job tomorrow but I’m feeling a little risky and noticed that this chapter has some really good, potentially hot button bible bombs in it so I’m going to throw out a few grenades.
Here are the rules of warfare, I’m going to throw out a few verses from the chapter below and ask a challenging question in light of that Proverb. Comment below with your thoughts but only do so with a few things in mind:
- Do not be divisive in your comments and answers. We are one body in Christ and there are open-handed and closed-handed issues. Many of the verses and questions I’ll be asking will lead to open-handed answers and thoughts. Don’t let your own personal conviction turn into a law.
- I’ll take the day to moderate as best as I can. I’m writing this before the initial post date so I’m not sure what my schedule holds for that day outside of a few discipleships but I will do my best to comment, control and put down church discipline for anyone getting out of hand. 😉
- Let’s remember the rules of hermeneutics here. One Proverb out of potential context does not speak for the entirety of the Bible and it’s initial purpose which is revealing the Gospel through Creation, Fall, Redemption and Consummation. I may even ask some questions that are leading to a discussion that the verse is not implying in it’s context. If so, prove it.
Alright now, fingers crossed and here we go.
- There are many NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem before their games and this has caused a very divisive conversation between not only politicians but Christians. Below are two articles where conservative, evangelical pastors state their case for each side.
Without giving my opinion, I’d probably say that I’ve met more Christians in agreement with the “Against Kneeling” view. However, in light of the Proverb below, can one make a Biblical case for God’s justice over Country’s sacrifice?
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:3
Share why or why not being respectful of the potential other view.
- There’s almost daily Facebook outrage over local Lexington “pan-handlers” at interstate exits and entrances begging for money and even operating a planned out deceptive scheme as detailed in this link.
I’ll be honest if I didn’t say that I don’t get annoyed at times when someone who is homeless, smelling of alcohol wanders into a church service asking for money for gas or food but refusing to take any type of help outside of unaccountable cash. If we’re honest, these attitudes have led most Christians to a general distrust and if we’re completely honest, a disdain toward the homeless and poor. However, in light of the Proverb below, what does this mean about our attitudes of pan-handlers, the homeless and the poor.
Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered. Proverbs 21:13
Share below being respectful of each other’s comments.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor