Thursday, January 12, 2006
God, The Great Babysitter?
Man oh man, did I laugh when I read a certain incredible post from Lauren's blog. She'd expressed her shock at what she commonly was reading in God Blogs and then was asked what her expectations of blogs written by Christians had been at first. Why did I laugh? Because my expectations of God Blogs had been exactly the same as Lauren's. Here is how she worded what she'd expected to see:
"My expectations were probably a bit lofty for a bunch of saved-by-grace sinners. I thought we, as bloggers who claimed the name of Christ, would look to the rest of the world as if we were in agreement about most of what we claim to believe. I anticipated that when we commented on other Christian blogs we would do so with love, compassion, understanding, and the book of James in mind. I desired that when non-believers quietly and inconspicuously came to read what we were about, that they would see the difference between the Christian blogdom and the secular and they would deeply desire to be apart of that something very different that we showed forth."
Gee, were Lauren and I naive, or what?
And yet, my Pollyanna genes still are whispering, "It's not too late. There's still time to show Blogdom that where Jesus is, there is Love. And Light. And Peace. And Joy."
But only after humility. Only after the changes only God, Himself, can make in His naughty, fighting children, those with the 'voice of one crying in the nursery' (as opposed to the wilderness)... those still whacking each other over the head when they disagree or act-out when they are jealous or insecure....
There is a great big hurting world out there and I imagine that God, The Great Babysitter(?), is just aching to see us, His kids, grow up to where He can trust us to heal and not cause further hurt in His kingdom.
"We ought always to thank God for you...because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing." 2 Thessalonians 1:3
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs..." 1 Corinthians 13:4,5