I love the Big Bang Theory, it is rife with geek humor which is right up my alley. I can’t wait until the writers are done striking so it will be back on the air. Please watch it so it doesn’t go off the air.
Opposite of Jesus II
Ever since I had my revelation last weekend I have been struggling with what it means and what to do with it. First I think it is a good thing because I realize I can still hear from God on what needs to change in my life and I was beginning to think I was perfect, now that I know I am not I must find how to deal with the situation.
I first need to realize that I think it is human nature to have greater sympathy for those whose burdens you share, that is part of the definition of sympathy. And the Bible says Jesus was tempted in ever was we are so his sympathy is real. I am not tempted the same way everyone else has been, as I discussed before.
I used to discuss things with a friend of mine and I could understand how people just didn’t fix their situations, “Not everyone can just pull themselves up by their bootstraps” he would tell me. He is right and I need to understand that, but I don’t. If I don’t like something I fix it. I didn’t think I was getting paid enough at my last job so I got a new one, I didn’t gripe, I just fixed it. Some people need a little more help.
Jesus acts as our Prophet Priest and King, most people understand that at an intellectual level but most of us have an unbalanced understand of those roles. Jesus has just acted as my prophet; he came into my life and pointed out my sin. As King he is sets the standards for my life. Now he comes into my life as priest, sympathetic to my needs to change. He has already sacrificed himself for my sin, but he doesn’t stop there, he is helping me to change. I need to change the way I think about people who suffer different vices than I do. It will be an ongoing process but it is one I look forward to.
Heb 4:13 — Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
I was listening to a message by Pastor Mark Driscol on our way home from West Virginia yesterday and he was discussing Jesus’ role as our Prophet, Priest and King and he brought up this passage. I had never really thought about it in the way I did at that moment, Jesus us able to have sympathy for us on our temptations because he has been through them; yet without sin. I realized I am the exact opposite, I tend to have no sympathy for those whose temptations do not affect me, and sympathize with those who share my struggles.
I have never done drugs and when I hear a sad story involving drug use I guess my thoughts are “Natural selection at work.” Additionally I have never been sympathetic to those who have grown up in church and are desensitized to the Gospel, or stuck in a religious rut. Those very people are the ones who kept me away from Christ by their example so I may begrudge them a little although not intentionally. I know it sounds heartless and may stem from the fact that I have never truly been tempted to do drugs or thankfully to take Jesus for granted, but deep down that is the way I feel. I never examined these feelings before but when I did so in the light of Jesus I realized I am his opposite, not a place I really want to be but I am not sure how exactly to change it.
Here is the first of my “Video Friday” Posts. This year I am looking to post videos every Friday, some will be funny, some will be more serious but this is the first. This is Jeff Dunham one of my favorite Comedians, he actually inspired me to buy a dummy of my own, not that I did anything with it. This is an older video so he is much more polished now, but the end is still very impressive. Check him out at www.jeffdunham.com
Over Christmas I attended a Christmas Eve service with my three favorite ladies: my Mom, Heather and Alora. It was Alora’s first Christmas Eve service and although it was to long for the number of children present it was nice to see the other side of the coin in terms of Church Styles. My parents attend St. Johns Lutheran Church which it liturgical in style, meaning the services varies little outside of the sermon and hymns. They use the same responsive readings, confession and creeds every week. For the most part it is not for me but I do enjoy the rich history that accompanies it. It is wondrous to know that when I recite the apostle’s creed I am not only in tune with those believers I am speaking with, but with thousands of believers over almost two millennium. I asked my wife if she ever recited the creeds, but growing up purely Pentecostal I knew the answer before she gave it. In the Pentecostal and more modern Evangelical Protestant movement we tried so hard to rebel against the “tradition” of our Catholic and liturgical brethren we have swung to far to the other side of the spectrum and almost forgotten those core things that hold all denominations of Christianity together, such as the creeds and catechisms.
This is the Apostle’s Creed and it is my creed as well…
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Keep in mind that catholic with a small c means universal and doesn’t reference the Roman Catholic Church, for those of you who would get hung up on such a thing. There are beautiful things in our history that bind us together as brethren and we would do well not to forget them.
I was out of town all last week and wasn’t able to post anything here at //Godfidence.org, but one of my goals for the new year is to post at least on every Monday and Friday, Wednesday being a bonus. I also hope to use this as more of a true blog, meaning I will be posting things that are more personal as it pertains to Christianity and my life. I hope that my thoughts and things I am going through may be able to help others.
I am starting this year with the goal, (I don’t make resolutions) to read the Bible. I have done it at least once for the last four years, and twice a year a couple of times. I do it with a group of people which makes it easier. If you would like to join us you will need a myspace account to interact but you can find us at I hope we can help each other learn to cherish God’s word again.