Little Monk is planning to conquer Mars.
Quite a cool plan seeing as it is stuffed with the Lost World right now. Chock-a-block full of you and I wandering around looking lost. Waiting for God to come into their lives. Not!!!!!
There must be a point to LM’s post – there always is. And I am along for the ride – as always.
Then this morning I awoke to a Pod Cast link from Little Monk. Which brought to mind a picture of excreta. Little poohs left by these “pod creatures” – all ferreting in the barren wastelands of Mars. Are these the Lost World creatures of Mars?
But no. It turns out to be a “tape recording” without the tape. Which is most cool.
>>> And at this point I have to declare an interest. I am one who struggles with the “make disciples” clarion call. That caravan of mercenaries. Fired on testosterone. Fuelled by numbers. Looking outwards only to find their next target. And then? Another drive-by spiritual slaughter . I struggle with that unloving and ungodly “work”:
You a sinner? Lock and Load people … lock and load … we have found the enemy!!
And out come the bullets of the bible. Dumdum verses. Machine-gun evangelism. Killing the innocent in the name of Love. In the name of God! I am giving you God !! And once the sinner is no longer twitching?
Mount up people. Our work here is done!
Another notch on the killing machine they call the word of god.
I struggle with that.
>>> And at this point I have to declare another interest. I also struggle with the Righteous Teachers. The self-appointed trustees of God. The ones who know how to keep God safe. How to keep Him safe from you and I. Dictate the relationship I will never truly have.
These verses are poured like soothing honey. A balm. A potion of magic they have been given personally by the lord. To a recipe they have invented. With ingredients boot-legged from someone else. Imitation and fake ingredients. Mixed together and presented as the real thing. I struggle with this unloving and ungodly work as well:
“You are not ready yet, my son. Please reflect upon … (a chosen sample of that great weapons arsenal they call their very own word of god). Please do not imagine you can teach me anything. But please know that God is with you. Please know that God loves you. Because I say so. Because I love God. And you don’t. Not like me.
And when I judge you to be ready, when you have enough faith, when you keep the commandments to my satisfaction? Then I may tell you about how great I am in God’s eyes. Reveal the secret of how to get to Heaven. I may even let you talk to God as I talk to God. Unless I change my mind. Unless another primps my pride more than you.
I struggle with this also.
It is why I love this community so much. Why I love the courage on display daily. Why I want to emulate and know more. Emulate the honesty of seeing another’s question, seeing another’s soul written large on the page, spiritually connecting with another’s love for the lord.
So when LM brings a gift – I jump straight in and start unwrapping.
And heard God. Through another.
Thank you LM. Thank you Pastor Bob. Thank God!!
>>> A final vested interest. Making disciples through long-term relationship? Seems to me is the way God wants us to do his work. To live and breathe and be. To ooze and outflow the indwelling. To be with rather than drive-by. To learn from rather than stand above. To be with … not apart from.
Podcasts? In this context they are the excreta of love! An outflow of love. Wow!!