And again…

•February 8, 2009 • 6 Comments

Am I seriously updating this blog? Oh my heavens. It can’t be true.

I have not much to say. Except…that…uh…

Today…

•December 4, 2008 • 4 Comments

Today I…

was alive.

True story.

Time for bed, though.

This one’s for you, Bwian.

Dear Christians…

•November 5, 2008 • Leave a Comment

This is a letter I wrote last night.


Dear Body of Christ,

If you call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ, listen up. And listen close.

I believe I am obliged to use this medium to express myself to my brothers and sisters around the world…on Facebook. Remarkable.

I am deeply sorrowed tonight, and not because of this election.

In complete truth, I am deeply sorrowed by Christians.

Yes. It is true.

And in being remarkably honest, if I were not a Christian and I had read a lot of the comments expressed here on Facebook alone, not to mention outside of Facebook, I would most definitely not want to be one.

There are many Christians I have either spoken with, read about, heard about, and witness that are absolutely SOILING the name of Jesus Christ in their reactions to this presidential election. I am absolutely serious when I say that many of the comments that have been made have revolted me beyond disgusted. In speaking with a friend just moments ago, she said to me, “I’ve never heard [Christians] cuss so much in my life. I guess it’s okay now?” Comments being made about assassination, impeachment, moving, protesting, picketing, assertions of an antichrist, and many other choice terms, phrases, and sayings…all from my Christian brothers and sisters.

This, my friends, is vile, disgusting, and sinful.

At the moment, I couldn’t care less what Obama stands for or what he plans to do. If I had to choose between complaining about Obama and rebuking my brethren, it seems I’ve made my choice. We are NOT called to this, my friends. We are NOT called to be like the world. Cursing? Out of place. Assassination? Murder? How is this at all condoned and justified? Scared for our country? Frightened of a president who doesn’t agree with you? Are Christians really called to live in fear, or in hope?

And running? Is this what Christianity is about now? Because I definitely see Jesus doing that. I see Jesus running from His calling and from His responsibility. I see Jesus calling Pilate names and cursing at the Pharisees. I see Him taking one look at the cross and saying, “Screw that, I’m moving to Greece.”

No, actually.

That was sarcasm.

Jesus took the circumstances around Him and used them. He was presented with opportunities, and He seized them. He was given instructions, and He obeyed them. He was given a calling, and He fulfilled it.

Friends, as Christians, we are not called to run. We are not called to turn tail and hide at the first sign of opposition (remarkably, this isn’t our first opposition).

2 Timothy chapter 3 speaks of this.

Many Christians will only read the first nine verses, where it speaks about the “last days”. It speaks of lovers of self, arrogant, heartless, unholy, etc etc. It talks about what the world will look like and how depraved it will be. BUT THEN! It speaks to the Christian, and this is the one that many Christians skip over. It calls us to live in holiness, following the teachings of the Scriptures, carrying on in patience and steadfastness.

Then it finishes up with these two verses:

“All Scripture is breathed out by God for profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

Every good work, my friends.

It continues on in the next chapter to call us to teach and preach the Word. Does it speak of running? Does it speak of cursing? Does it speak of condemnation and crass phraseology? Never.

And finally, 2 Timothy 4:5: “As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

An evangelist doesn’t run. An evangelist doesn’t hide. An evangelist doesn’t judge.

He shares the Gospel. He shares Jesus. He loves. He opens up his heart to those who need Jesus.

And we’re not doing that enough. Sorry, but we’re not.

Obama won. Big deal. Stop freaking out about it and realize that we have been given an opportunity by God to love. Don’t you see that?

Don’t look at it negatively or pessimistically…look at it as an opportunity. Legalization of partial birth abortion? That means Christians need to up our game in reaching those mothers and loving them and listening to them and showing them Jesus. Gay marriage? Do we even talk with the gay community? Are we welcoming them into our lives? Are we showing them love? Are we showing them Jesus?

Pessimism is wrong in this case. This is a call for Christians to wake up and get a move on. It’s an opportunity to be Jesus.

It is not a time to spew forth tripe and garbage. It is not a time to be brought to such a horrific low. How dare you throw my Jesus’ name in the mud? How dare you treat God and His commands in such contempt? If you are going to disgrace His name, do it under a different title than Christian, because Jesus wore love, not a political jacket.

For those of you who read this who are not Christians, I apologize deeply for the horrifying reactions of a large portion of the Christian community in response to this election, because that is not how we are called to live, and those who are doing so are not reflecting Jesus as we are called to.

And now, as an encouragement to my brothers and sisters after giving you such a hardcore wedgie…let’s love! It is time to show Jesus to the world. We HAVE hope and we HAVE joy and we HAVE peace that is given by the Holy Spirit. Let’s bring people to Him. We have eternity to rejoice and live with the Lord, and let’s go get as many people as we can to take with us. Let’s take a stand and step forth.

No one was ever converted to Christianity by losing an argument.

It is all in love, friends. Let’s find the people that need it, let’s love them, let’s bring them to Jesus, and let’s let Him to the work. That’s what He does.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
A Christian

Idiocy at its finest…

•October 17, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I was cruising through the older posts of my blog this morning, and I found that one time I had written this:

“I had a random thought today…what if we measured weeks in not 7 days, but more? 8, 10, 13, 15? A 14 day week? What would the days be called?

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Threesday, Wednesday, Doomsday, Dayday, Laundryday, Thursday, Moonday, Friday, Burgerday, Stoodurday, Saturday

Yikes. That might take a bit of getting used to. But see, that would be so much better. Still go to school five days a week, and you’d have more time between Sunday and Saturday to get things done. I like my calendar system better.”

Oh my gosh! Here’s another few thoughts I had…these are brilliant.
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“Here’s a thought: What if we had no thumbs? That’d be awful. Only eight fingers, no thumbs. Can you imagine the human race with no thumbs? That’s like trying to imagine the ocean without waves (which is another weird thought).”

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“I was wondering about forty seconds ago…there are probably a few numbers still left in the world that have never been spoken out loud by a human being. If 20,239,407,234,112 is a sayable number, I highly doubt anyone has ever actually said it. Not anymore! I just said it. Twenty trillion two hundred and thirty nine billion four hundred and seven million two hundred and thirty four thousand one hundred and twelve. Phew. What about 90,283,740,912,734,325,091,723. That number has definitely never been spoken out loud. I will try…Ninety sextillion two hundred and eighty three quintillion seven hundred and forty quadrillion nine hundred and twelve trillion seven hundred and thirty four billion three hundred and twenty five million ninety one thousand seven hundred and twenty three. Holymycowmanface. I just said that out loud. Both.”

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“As I was driving, I thought it would be cool…

…to see a UPS truck explode.

Unmanned, of course, but I still think that would be awesome to experience.”

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“I was wondering the other day what it would be like to live in a house that was on the edge of the air pressure. You know, that point where your ears “pop”? What if every time you went up and down the stairs your ears “popped”? That would be lame, I think.”

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And then, sadly, I came across several posts in which I curse the name of Will Ferrell (which was okay), but in the same breath advocated Indiana Jones 4 after seeing the trailer (worst. movie. ever.), ranted about the stupidity of those who were making Horton Hears A Who (so. so. funny.), declared that Meet The Robinsons was going to be a stupid rip-off and would be awful (I almost busted my liver laughing during this movie), and bashed Disney for their incompetence (which actually, I still do believe to an extent).

Wow. I was a MORON.

But funny to read.

Heck. Not only that, but as I continued to go through the blog…I realize how ignorant, pessimistic, big-mouthed, conceited, puffed up, and idiotic I was. Wow. I apologize to the world.

All better now.

Home sweet home…

•October 13, 2008 • 2 Comments

I just returned from a surprise (and random) weekend visit to my old town up north where my family lives…and I’ll tell you what…Biola is my home. I walked into my dorm, up the stairs, and into my room, set all my stuff down, and breathed a huge sigh of comfort. This is where I belong…at least for the time being. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the time spent with my family, jamming with Dad and playing games with the kids and talking about all sorts of stuff with Mum…but locationally it was distant. This is where I am supposed to be. God calls me to the places He wants me, and I’m not sure if this is how it is for anyone else, but personally, I always feel my heart is detached if I’m away from where I believe God has me. It’s like a calling back to where I need to be.

Anyways, it was great to see the people I did while I was back, and I’m really glad I went.

But I’m so happy to be back home.

In regards to updates…

•September 23, 2008 • 1 Comment

Yeah, so here I am! It’s weird coming back into the blog world and saying stuff here. I really do need to shut down Metnal very soon so I don’t get messed with the weird fees that the company is going to dump on me.

Fall is here. It’s official…yesterday.

Life here at Biola is really good. Had a great relaxing weekend (finally) and I’m ready for this next week…well, as best as I can be, I suppose.

Also, I love Song of Songs. I listen quite frequently to the podcasts of Pastor Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church in Seattle, and he just started up a series called The Peasant Princess which basically will be about a 10 week or so sermon series on the Song of Songs in regards to sexuality, courtship, marriage, and love. I just started his first sermon this morning and it’s amazing. It’s funny, one of my other favorite sermon series is by a pastor named Brad Bell who also did about two months on the book, spanning from attraction to dating to courtship to marriage to the honeymoon to conflict to the end of life. It was brilliant.

In other news, my favorite class here is my Old Testament History and Literature class. I can’t wait for more in-depth theology classes in the future. So good!

Word word word.

•September 8, 2008 • 4 Comments

So I’m having a blast here at Biola. Classes are great, professors are awesome, and I’m meeting plenty of awesome guys and girls here. Plus I’m owning at Guitar Hero. Well…getting better. But God is doing super awesome things in my life…tearing down walls and issues, all the while continously showing me how miniscule and weak I am without His strength.

It’s good here. I’m looking forward to finishing this part of the race. But for now, it’s the rest of tonight and tomorrow that I have to get through.