Posts tagged ‘justice’

There Is No Condemnation

“So those who are believers in Christ Jesus can no longer be condemned” (Romans 8:1 God’s Word).

I heard a praise chorus as I drove home last night from work that repeated this verse over and over. While that kind of music does not rate in my top five of preferred styles, a thought crossed my mind. Read more…

Sticks and Stones

When I was growing up every child was taught the ditty, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The intent seems sound; don’t let someone’s opinion of you derail your life. Read more…

The Unbuckle Undid Me

Okay, so I stand corrected. Without wanting to sound indiscreet, something that happens in public washrooms has bugged me.

Now, we don’t talk about such things, and that’s the problem it turns out. Read more…

What’s Your Excuse?

Following Jesus requires discipline, loyalty and persistence. For example, when you become aware of sin that hurts others, what do you do? Read more…

The Award that Wasn’t

Robin Claire nominated me for the “Reality Blogging Award” and I have expressed my gratitude to her. For reasons that only, as she calls me, a “quirky” person would understand, I have chosen not to accept. Awards and recognition and status make me uneasy. I have linked to her blog anyway, so please click on her name and go there and be blessed by her words, as I have been.

That said, I choose to answer the questions that come with the nomination. They are not easy for me, and that is one reason I want to struggle with them, but I also like to gain insight into the hearts of other bloggers and so want to expose myself to those who may be curious about me (if any!?!) Read more…

Persecuted for Doing Right

I just read on NBC.com the story of a 92 year-old Roman Catholic priest who was stripped of his priestly duties. He did not commit a crime. No action of his was illegal under civil law. His sin was not bigotry or ageism or even sexism. So why can he not act like a priest anymore? Read more…

Remember Saul

Remember, Saul, who later changed his name to Paul to indicate his changed life, persecuted the followers of Jesus. Something that gets glossed over all the time is that he did so under the watchful eye of the religious institution. Even more, the religious leaders wrote a letter of authority so that Saul could go to other countries to persecute believers.

Saul even authorized, on at least one occasion, the murder of a believer (Stephen). Stephen’s crime was, well, that he didn’t believe the right thing. Stephen was not convicted of a criminal offense, a social abuse or failure to live up to his potential. The only “crime” Saul accused him of was believing in Jesus Christ as Saviour. Read more…

Correct Correction

We sometimes think that God’s forgiveness lets us off the hook. What a self-centred deception! Because you sinned other people got hurt. Read more…

I Don’t Understand People

I don’t understand people sometimes. The things they do make no sense.

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Troublemaker

Do you have a reputation as a troublemaker?

Well, if you live as a stubborn, uncooperative, get-in-the-way-of action pain, that is likely not at all good. If you are a bully, pushing people around and heaping contempt on others, that never rates as good. Abuse is anti-God. If you talk about people behind their back, listen to gossip, disrupt godly justice and destroy reputations you work for the Enemy, Destroyer, against God.

But maybe you find yourself on the other side, wrongly accused of being a troublemaker.

Jesus was accused of being a troublemaker, for instance. Read more…