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Jesus said we should judge others

Many good things are happening in the midst of all the pain and heartache of the pandemic. 

People and churches are helping the less fortunate, communities are rallying together, Christians are praying more with their Bibles open, and the good news about Jesus is reaching many more households than ever before via online sermons and social media.

God can and does use even the toughest times for good. 

Unfortunately, together with a lot of good online teaching out there, there is also a lot of bad, unbiblical teaching being streamed.   

Some celebrity, prosperity teachers have banished COVID-19 back to hell, while others are praying for deliverance from the Coronavirus demon. Really bad theology. 

As soon as you raise a question mark, others may tell you, “Judge not!”

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Use your good anger for good

Anger is a whistle-blower emotion.

Whistle-blowers spill the beans on what’s really going on in the company or organization.

In South Africa, former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi, dropped bombshells at the State Capture Commission of how our ex-President allegedly accepted bribes – although still unproven in a court of law.  Apparently, Bosasa also supplied friends of Jacob Zuma with frozen chickens, braai packs, expensive whisky and Louis Vuitton handbags!

Angelo Agrizzi was a whistle-blower.

Anger is a whistle-blower: it shows us and others what’s really going on in our heart.

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The art of blame-shifting

1 Samuel Ch. 13 is a fascinating account of blame-shifting.

Saul is king and has 3000 fighting men, according to v2.

In v3, Jonathan, Saul’s son – the crown prince – defeats a Philistine garrison and the Philistines gather to march on Israel.

The Philistines, however, have 30 000 chariots (the equivalent of having tanks in World War I), 6000 horsemen and infantry that number like the sand on the seashore.

Not only that, things are worse than they seem.

According to v19-21, the Philistines have been so powerful that they have not allowed any blacksmiths in Israel.  Israel has no swords or spears.  If an Israelite wanted their farming implements sharpened they had to pay the a Philistine to do it.

Saul is at the town of Gilgal, vastly outnumbered and facing massive odds.

However, if you read your Bible, you will know that’s not a massive problem.  

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How are we unequally yoked?

Can you think of a mismatched partnership?

Perhaps Helen Zille and Julius Malema (very different South African politicians) meeting for a cup of tea and a cucumber sandwich?  A Sumo wrestler partnering with petite, ballet dancer on Strictly Come Dancing? A Stormers rugby fan going out with a Sharks supporter?!

Alternatively, one could think of ridiculous partnerships: playing tennis with your dog, taking your cat to the movies, or playing chess with a newborn baby.

It just wouldn’t be good or helpful. It would be mismatched, even inappropriate.

In the church in Corinth there were unhelpful, mismatched partnerships.

Some in the church were partnering with the new preachers that breezed into town.

Corinth was a powerful City where people were impressed with power.  Paul’s gospel about a crucified king sounded very weak and his life of hardship and struggle seemed very unimpressive.

The new preachers looked and sounded much more powerful.

Some church members were impressed by the appearances and rhetorical skill of these new ministers.

As church members yoked themselves to the new preachers and their false gospel, it lead them back to their previous sins and old, unhelpful habits.

False gospels always lead to incorrect thinking and wrong living.

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Christian Worldview marriage

For Better, for Worse

This past weekend I had the privilege of officiating at a wedding in a township church in South Africa.  The marriage ceremony took place as an addition to the Sunday morning service.

The vibrancy of the singing was contagious and the warmth of hospitality humbling.

In African culture there is no such thing as RSVP!  If you attend the wedding – and all are welcome – you join the feast afterwards. And there’s always enough food.

I reminded the wedding couple, and the church, that the Bible has a lot to say about marriage.