|Me in Jerusalem “The dome of the Rock” in the background, site of the Old Testament Temple.|
|Ancient Altar for Sacrifice to Idols in Northern Israel|
This applies to us today as sure as it applied to the Pharisee of Jesus day. We are to love not hate, we are to bless not condemn.
We would never do that, right? We know that eternal judgment belongs to the Lord and its not our place to determine who goes to heaven or hell. Or in fundamental evangelical thinking on salvation its up to the individual to decide where they want to spend eternity. Now maybe if we get really mad at someone we might want to damn them to hell, but we don’t really do it. Do we? I say yes we do it pretty much every day. We make judgments on people based on first impressions, their words, their actions. We determine within a few minutes of meeting someone if they are “saved” or not.
Matthew 5:21 – 26 This portion is going to come out in several blogs as it is too big a bite to try to chew all at once. Stay tuned for the entire series “Attitudes on Anger”
“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court. But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; Matthew 5:21-22a
Anger is a prevalent problem in our society; it seems everyone is angry. Drivers on the highway are angry, wives are angry, husbands are angry, children are angry with parents, parents with children, at the work place everyone is angry, store clerks and shoppers are all angry. All the political talk show hosts are angry and encourage their listeners to be angry.
My daughter works for a medical supply company as a Medicare billing specialist. The other day a client called her and was angry because he thought he had been over billed. Even when she explained the billing process to him and that his bill was correct he was still extremely angry. He began to use foul language and threats with her. He threatened to destroy the equipment he was renting or to leave the state and take it with him. She eventually had to hang up on him to shut down the anger.
“Does calling someone a fool really merit hell fire?”
Part 2 of my goal to find out what the Words of Jesus are, what they mean and how I can apply them to my life.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14 -16
When I was a Senior in high school back in 1973 the church youth decided we wanted to have a singing group and travel around giving concerts and ministering to people. You know be “evangelists” like so many other youth groups were doing in those days, during the “Jesus People” explosion. So we bought material and sewed dresses and the guys got white pants, ties and shirts that matched the girls dresses. We had a piano player, a base player, a tambourine, and a sound system we rehearsed our songs and were set to go. But we needed a name.
Grace and Peace
I’m thinking that my new year’s resolution this year is to work harder on following the ways of Jesus. I know this is what we are always supposed to do as Christians but sometimes I wonder if we don’t have these ideas in our heads about what that is supposed to be and maybe those ideas need to be re-evaluated and refreshed, just like His mercies to us are refreshed every day. So this year I’m going to attempt to look at “Jesus” words try to figure out what they really mean and try to apply them to my life.
The first one I’m looking at is Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how [e]can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
What does it mean to be the “salt of the earth” How do I “Let my light shine”
A friend on Facebook responded to this post as follows:
Salt a preservative yes and also a seasoning. I was thinking tonight as I sprinkled some salt on my dinner that I put salt on the majority of everything I eat. It enhances the flavor of most things. But I can ruin a wonderful dish with too much salt. Some things take a lot of salt like if you’re making salt pork to preserve or sauerkraut but usually just a little bit does the trick. So I’m thinking that the lesson in being the salt of the earth is to ask for wisdom and to learn how much is enough. Does my neighbor just need a pinch of salt maybe a smile or a God Bless you or does my neighbor need some preservative in the form of a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, a hand to hold, a prayer or a blessing. I think the salt that has become tasteless is the person who is so self centered, or angry or distracted that they can not be salt to anyone around because they are so caught up in their own stuff that they don’t see that others around them need a little salt.
Salt makes you thirsty, when you eat a salty snack you want something to quench your thirst. Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” When we have salt in us (which is the presence of the Holy Spirit) that should make us thirst for righteousness. When we, as the salt, apply that salt to those around us, it should make them thirst for righteousness.
Ok here goes, I’ve been thinking about blogging for awhile now and finally decided to give it a try. For now the name of my blog is “Skeeter Says” but that may evolve depending on the direction and development of this blog. My goal, like a lot of other blogs, is to have my say on various topics. On the social media sites you just get snippets of peoples thoughts and not complete ideas. I want this to be a place where I can share my ideas in a thoughtful manner and then if people want to comment they can. Lets begin!
A couple of other thoughts on my blog. I will probably post a new blog every few days, at least once a week and I really hope that people will comment so that we can have good discussions.
I want this to be a blog where people can share their comments and ideas without judgment. I don’t care if you don’t agree with me or what I post you can tell me that. Post your opinions and views why you think the way you do, your experiences or scripture to prove your point. And we will have the discussion.
But I don’t want the conversation to degenerate into name calling or character assignation. So lets keep in civil and this will be fun. I’m looking forward to this and have some ideas for a lot of blogs.
Thanks for reading and…
As my dad always ended his e-mails “That’s Thirty For Now”