Would the people who see us on Sunday recognize us on a random Wednesday at our jobs? When we are faced with ethical dilemmas or something as "innocent" as office gossip, do we stand up for what is right? Hold our tongue and wait for it to be over? Or do we cross a line we can't quite see because we squint a little? Watch this short blog and then listen to the full podcast of the same name for practical ideas on how to maintain your focus on God while at work.
“Just be yourself, no can ask any more of you than that.” This is such free and easy advice – someone has probably said it to you, and you have probably said it to someone else. But what does it mean? The fact is we sometimes end up defined by our circumstances or perceptions. In these cases we settle for outside forces labeling our inside person. Other times we are defined by our vision and discipline in the face of challenge. Find out how our brains define us and also how the Scriptures define us. Watch this quick vlog then listen to the entire podcast of the same name.
What makes a good parent? Does the Bible provide us with guidelines that could be applicable even in today’s generation? Watch Rick’s clog then listen to the entire podcast with the same name for practical tips on raising productive, godly kids.
What has happened to us? We live in an age where ego and emotion are more important than virtue and values. An age where personal preference outweighs personal worth and “I want it now” trumps integrity. We live in an age where absolutes aren’t (unless we decide they fit into our personal plan) and standards are only something to customize and remodel to our personal satisfaction. Ours is an age where the ancient principles of sin and objective morality are being relegated to the trash heap of history. So, what are we supposed to do? Should we go along with the flow of thoughts and emotions that are reshaping our social structure? Should we abandon what is considered to be the old and worn out moral thinking of the past and embrace the new and vibrant personally-based principles of the present?
Atheism – for many of us who profess Christianity, even hearing the word conjures up a need to defend oneself and one’s faith. Sometimes we envision an Atheist as one whose objective in life is to ridicule not only us but the mechanism of our faith. And not just the mechanism of our faith, but the very object of our faith – God Almighty. So what do we have? We have envisioned Atheism as an enemy – as an object of our disdain…but wait a minute – Jesus clearly taught us to love our enemies, so what does that mean? Did Jesus himself love those who profess Atheism – did Jesus die for Atheists? If so, then how should we show them the love of Christ?
Morality. Here in the 21st century, morality has become a moving target. In any given circumstance, its interpretation can be diverted, diminished or even dissolved, depending on what one may feel is right at the time. Is this the way life is supposed to work? Are we all supposed to only follow our own internal barometer or are we designed to follow an external constant? Is human nature a self-directing mechanism that will bring us to higher and higher levels, or is human nature in its present state a sin-directed mechanism that brings us to idolatry? Do we know better, or is there something that we better know?
Oftentimes as we look around us we can really get discouraged, for we live in a world that embraces darkness and persecutes light. We are surrounded by political corruption, we are developed in a “me first” environment. We are shown that winning at all costs is acceptable. And instead of a “turn the other cheek” mentality, we are bombarded with a “smack him before he smacks you” approach. It is like living as a lamb among lions – and we all know how that works out. So, can we as Christians “thrive” in a world like this? Stay with us!
Is right always right? It may seem like a simple question, but it really isn’t. The good news is, we live in a society of great freedom. The bad news is that this society of great freedom does not put nearly as high a value on great responsibility. Responsibility means doing the right thing – but what is the right thing? Does my definition of "right" spill over onto and affect your actions? Who or what determines “the right thing?” Is “the right thing” a moving target, or is it a stable and firm destination? Stay with us as we discuss right, wrong and moral standards.
Our world can be a confusing place. When it comes to defining right and wrong, there are inevitable interpretations, applications and disagreements. When it comes to making a decision which includes some level of moral judgment, there are a myriad of possibilities, factors and extenuating circumstances which cloud the issue. When it comes to doing what we consider right for ourselves, there are always the mitigating factors and details that need to be sorted through...wait a minute! Does it have to be so confusing? Is what we know to be right that hard to find? Do moral judgments have to be painful and tentative? Is doing what’s right for us THAT important? Stay with us as we look into the world of standards, morality, conscience and social acceptance.
The world has changed. We live in an age where ego and emotion are more important than virtue and values. This is an age where personal preference outweighs personal worth, and “I want it now” trumps integrity. We live in an age where absolutes aren’t – unless they fit into our personal plan, and standards are only something to customize and remodel to our personal satisfaction. As I speak of all these things from an admittedly negative perspective, I also realize that there are many who see these changes as a positive thing. So, who is right? Is it the perspective that says, there are absolutes, we are bound to them, we must obey them and stepping outside of them is wrong? Or, is it the perspective that says, each of us is inherently a complete and perfect human being – the universe is at our disposal, my choices are determined by what is right for me and it is not for anyone to judge my life, for it is mine! Stay with us as we step into this philosophical arena for discussion.