Friday, November 23, 2007

James 3:1-12 Illustration

James 3 warns us very strongly about how we use our tongues. Specifically, it is the fact that we use the same tongue to bless the Father & curse other people (9).

Being as how I was staying at my parents' house last weekend (for a bit of walking in South Wales - what a complete joy!!) I was spending some time with our two dogs: Willow and Ebony (golden retriever & black lab). They greet one by wagging their tails, etc, etc... But after that, when life has settled down, they life to say hello again by licking ones hand affectionately. It's very sweet of them, and not an unpleasant sensation. They also "clean" you, given half a chance - that is, licking your feet or arms or any bare flesh they can find... Even cleaning your ears if you bend down too much! (I assure you this is less gross than it sounds - it is affectionate & nice).

Then I took them on a walk on Saturday morning, and, low and behold, there they were, eating cow pats - soft, wet, new cow pats.

It is outrageous that those dogs should, with the same tongue,
eat cow pats, and yet wash my ears / hands as a sign of affection... Pretty good illustration of James 3:9, I thought - and of the revulsion God must feel at all the evil, deadly, poisonous stuff we do with our tongues.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Are you a Pharisee?

I merely offer this as an illustration:

There I was, driving along the A40 last Saturday, and found myself slowing down from a far-too-generous well-over-30 mph to a carefully-measured 29 mph for the sake of a speed camera. And then, of course, speeding back up straight afterwards.

I think that counts as cleaning the outside of a bowl or dish without cleaning the inside (Matt 23, Lk 11).

Of course, asking how that concept applied to the rest of my life was pretty sobering...

Friday, November 09, 2007

The Average Anglican

The average anglican is:
  • black
  • female
  • less than 30-yrs-old
  • has 3 kids
  • lives on less than $2 per day
  • walks upwards of 3km per day
  • and is related to someone with HIV / AIDS
Just in case we're ever tempted to forget.

(HT Chris Sugden)