- Publicly calling people out on their sins or mistakes
- Trying to explain theological doctrine in 140 characters or less
- Getting into arguments on Facebook or Twitter
How I long for the church to acknowledge her undocumented members. Something as simple as publicly saying “Undocumented immigrants are loved and welcomed in this church” would begin the healing process for citizens and immigrants alike. Of course, if I could have my way, I would love it if every congregation became intentional in educating its members about the brokenness of our immigration system and the reality that many unauthorized migrants like me simply cannot adjust our status or return to our home countries.
As a movement, we treasure the individual getting right with God, the religious born-again experience, the innovative way to do mission. Sounds good, but when individual trumps communal, experience trumps received teaching, and innovation trumps the Great Tradition, you get exactly what we’ve all just lived through. It can go no other way.
Hypocritical Christians are those who forget that they are sinners in need of a savior. Apart from God’s grace we would be damned, and we are hypocrites if we refuse to call others from their sin to experience that same grace. To profit by helping others celebrate their sin, thereby perpetuating the illusion that homosexual behavior is not sin, would be hypocritical for any Christian, be he butcher, baker, or candlestick maker.
Now, again, we might debate the best ways to see to it that consciences are protected by law and in the courts. But acting as though those concerned about such things are the reincarnation of Jim Crow is unworthy of this discussion. Moreover, the implications for conscience protection are broad and long-lasting. This isn’t just a tit-for-tat Internet discussion. The lives and livelihoods of real people are on the line, all because they won’t render unto Caesar (or to Mammon) that which they believe belongs to God.
If you only love Americans, you have not begun to tap the capacity of your heart for loving people. God made your heart big enough to love the world too!
So even if you feel like you have a gift or talent that is insignificant, if you use those gifts to your best abilities, something great will come out of it. God wouldn’t give you that talent unless he had a plan for you.
Several months ago, one of my anonymous Pixar Theory Interns (that’s a thing on a resume) came to me with a crazy proposition: Andy’s mom is Emily, Jessie’s previous owner.
According to local press, security noticed a number of items were missing when the venue, in the province of Bari, opened on Wednesday morning.
It later emerged the cleaner had handed them over to refuse collectors, thinking it was rubbish left behind by workers who set up the Mediating Landscape exhibition.
Dallas police expecting to save a woman from a sexual assault were bewildered last week when they stormed an apartment after a six-hour SWAT team standoff, only to find the apartment had been empty the whole time.