27 November 2006

myspace & facebook closed

My internet activity for the week will consist of only checking email and doing schoolwork. I might blog some, but no myspace and no facebook. Those are unnecessary distractions this week.

Copernican revolution

Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19, 1473 – May 24, 1543) was an astronomer who provided the first modern formulation of a heliocentric (sun-centered) theory of the solar system. Up to this point in history, the earth was considered by most to be the center of the universe (geocentric...and also anthropocentric). Copernicus claimed that the earth was not the center with everything revolving around it. He claimed that the earth actually revolved around the sun, and that the sun, although not the center of the universe, was the center of the solar system to which the earth belongs.

This theory was so radical in his day that it has been deemed the "Copernican revolution." His theory radically shifted all scientific thought of his day. This changed the whole view and existence of mankind.

I write this afternoon to confess that I have a personal "geocentric theory" of existence and I need a "Copernican revolution" in my heart. Over this break, I have proven to myself again and again that I am a selfish creature with a selfish heart. I have proven to myself over and over how much I don't love Christ like I say I do. Love requires sacrifice, submission, and obedience. I have a hard time seeing those attributes in my life. I prove to God every day that I would rather have my mind and heart flooded with thoughts that are all about me and my desires than to flood myself with Himself. I saw a quote somewhere that read:
If you want to know where your heart is, look at where your mind goes when it wanders.
Jesus said something similar to that when he said:
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. [Luke 6.45]

This week, I ask for prayer. I am taking measures this week to make this revolution take place and I need your prayers. I feel like this is a crisis point in my spiritual walk , and I don't want to risk not doing anything about it. Fasting is a outward and physical act of an inward and spiritual sacrifice that I have not done in a long time. Extended prayer is a necessity. Ridding myself of pointless distractions will have to happen.

"The natural life in each of us is something self-centred, something that wants to be petted and admired, to take advantage of other lives, to exploit the whole universe." - C.S. Lewis
"[The natural life] knows that if the spiritual life gets hold of it, all its self-centredness and self-will are going to be killed and it is ready to fight tooth and nail to avoid that." - C.S. Lewis

Father, I pray that the Holy Spirit will haunt my every step. Haunt me, agitate me, agonize my soul. Besiege this pride in me and disquiet my compromising spirit. I ask that You would harass me and intrude on the hidden parts of my life. I beg You to torment this spirit of self-reliance that wants to live life without You. I ask that You frighten the depths of my soul with Your greatness. Haunt my every step, making my every hair stand on end and my knees tremble. Redeem this wretched life of mine for Your own purposes.

23 November 2006

Christians of Inaction - Part 1

I have decided that as I am inspired to write about Christians who love to run their mouths about issues or problems without putting their concern into action, I will post my frustrations. They will be short and to the point. Here is installment number 1.

One of the major "hot topic" political agendas of most conservative Christians in America is abortion. I'm not saying that it should be the major agenda; I'm just stating that it has become a major political agenda of Republicans that say they follow Jesus. They want abortion outlawed because they believe that each of those aborted children is a loved creation of God.

Here's my beef: If abortion is outlawed, then the population of America will skyrocket. Also, and more importantly, many of the babies that would have been aborted will then be born to a single mother in her teens who can not financially or responsibly care for a child. So, the best option for these children is adoption. However, adoption agencies can not find homes for the children they have currently, while abortions are still taking place. Children grow up being pushed off onto another foster family every year or two, treated as if they are worth nothing.

THEREFORE, I suggest of you, mouthy Christian of inaction, that if you think that the lives of these children are so important because they are a loved creation of God, then ADOPT THEM YOURSELF and SHOW THEM THAT LOVE.