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Today’s Thought – October 15


DOVES AND SNAKES

I have hunted doves and encountered snakes. Doves are about as dumb an animal as God created (and just as tasty) which makes them easy prey. I’ve narrowly avoided being bitten by snakes twice, both times by sneak attack.

Interesting thing about the dove is its a gentle creature, just as gentle as a snake is smart.

I spoke to a friend just recently who sat in his church listening to the assistant pastor talk about blessings from God. I listened incredulously as he related that the young man had said that he had been given a brand new laptop computer from one church member, $500 from another, and that anyone in the congregation who did such to “God’s man” would receive great reward and blessing as a result.

The congregation’s reaction was one of acquiescence; my friend said all he could do was shake his head in wonder.

Jesus mentioned that we should be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves,(Matthew 10:16b), but I sincerely think we are often the opposite.

We Christians today seem to have earned our reputation.

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October 14, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

2 Comments »

  1. I think that’s why a lot of politically progressive Christians are going by “Christ followers” now.

    I just wonder when that’s going to stop being a description, start being a name, and then get a bad rep too.

    After all, “Christian” was a description at first, yes? “Little Christ”?

    Comment by Micah Tillman | October 14, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hi Micah!

    Thanks so much for visiting CSC! We always appreciate added perspective from others in so many ways–it helps us grow.

    You make some interesting points, but also use some terminology I may need your help to understand what you mean. The point you make about the name and how it has become one of derision, is definitely valid. It is a GOOD thing when it is because of the cause of Christ, bad when it is from our own foolishness. It is bad when we earn the reputation of being “dumb and dangerous” instead of “wise and harmless”.

    The other point you make is a great one also. Since we are supposed to be His body, then we should function as such. It mentions in Acts that Christians were called such in Antioch and I USED to think that it may have been a derogatory term assigned them by others. Regardless of how it came about, in examining Acts we find that the name was earned for a GOOD reason–for the cause of Christ, rather than being for their own lack of wisdom and conduct.

    Lastly, you mentioned “politically progressive” and I have to confess that I am not sure in which context you use this. However, in context of what you say, I wish that we could see a return of REAL Christianity, and so the term Christian could really mean what its supposed to. Its like I told a friend, “There are many mean men, many men who do despicable things, but I am a bit loathe to stop calling myself a man just because of the bad ones.” 🙂

    Thanks so much for your words, Micah!

    Paul

    Comment by bereans | October 14, 2007 | Reply


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