Sunday, June 17, 2007

I'm Still Right

Saying for the Day-Sometimes, if after you've listened and heard and tried to understand, don't you need to throw the money lenders from the temple?

Last week we started on the problem of being right. I suggested that it is our belief in our own rightness that separates people and leads to acts of hatred. Because we are right we can bomb, beat, torture, segregate , insult, or demean. Those that are not right like us don’t deserve any better.
This lead to the question above which implies that sometimes we are right and we need to act on it.
The problem with the proper throwing out of the moneylenders is that we have to identify them first. Who are they in this age?

Are they illegal aliens?
Are they other religions?
Are they other races?
Are they those that don’t read the bible in the same way we do?

There are those that believe that the money changers are TV evangelists taking money from Old Women on Social Security who hardly have enough to live on. While the evangelist has a mansion, drives a big car, and flies all around the world. Others of course would disagree.

A long time ago I discovered that “ we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;”
Now I rely on the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I try not to judge. I let God take care of the money changers.

@@@@@News from Pigeon Falls-the little town in my garage where the trains still run, dragons fly, and Pastor Moe still preaches – Pastor Moe had a stewardship sermon this morning. He said that most members of Last Lutheran were poor givers. Last Lutheran was last in Synod on giving per member. It was last in Synod on giving to Synod. It was one of the worst congregations on paying their pastor. It was just a failure as a congregation. Now it was time to shape up. He passed out pledge cards and said he wanted them back by next Sunday and he wanted to see a significant increase in giving. He even slammed his fist on the pulpit to emphasize that this was important. Tom Vehanen, who was sleeping, woke up at that point with such a start he almost fell out of the pew.
Everyone from Last Lutheran seemed to have gone home angry. The truth sometimes hurts and even angers.

Today's Link-Zanymuse- She has a new camera and a great picture to show for it. Leave a Dr. John in the comment .
I had a great day. Betty, Pennie and I went to Church in the morning. It was a great service with the Vacation Bible School kids singing. Then we went out with Pat , Curtis and the boys to Tumbleweed.The boys, Patrick . Curtis and Pennie then went to Air World. Betty and I came home. In the afternoon Pat brought some plywood to the basement for me. Then Pat, Curtis, Alex and I played canasta until late in the evening. Curtis and I won both games. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

Seems the congregation of Last Lutheran likes to live up to its name. Maybe a name change is due.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Alpha Dude 1.5 said...

Happy Father's Day, Dr. John.

I now have this sudden urge to go overturn a table.

Bless You.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous stacy said...

As they say, judge not, lest ye be judged. My personal philosophy is hate the sin (quietly and to yourself), love the sinner (openly and genuinely). You don't have to like what a person does or agree with what they think to love them in the way we are commanded.

12:05 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

the best wishes for a wonderful Father's Day. you are an amazing example of parenthood. with your love of God, your wisdom and huge heart you show us all how it's done. thank you.

hope you are feeling happy and well today.

the pics you posted are absolutely precious. thank you for sharing them. a great family outing..

love to the family. hugs.

6:55 PM  
Blogger - PRACTiCAL CHiCK said...

Happy father's day. Do you mean being right or being righteous?

9:01 PM  
Blogger Nea said...

Being right at any and all cost has gotten many of us into people as spouses and parents. Oh by the way, Happy parents, fathers day. :)

12:39 AM  
Blogger Zanymuse said...

You seem to be an interesting charater. Thanks for sending me some lovely visitors today.

I had fun following their links back to the various blogs and enjoyed them immensely

1:49 AM  

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