Friday, July 2, 2010
In honor of July 4th, I really do feel thankful for our service men and women and the sacrifices they make for our freedoms. I am mostly thankful to their families that go through so much so their loved ones can serve in the way they do. I do love America. I love that I can say what I don't like about it and not be punished. I love that I have the freedom to praise God in open. I love that I live in a place that is safe and my children have their needs met. I love that we are the first country to give. I am reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan which is amazing. In chapter four he talks about what being a lukewarm christian looks like and his insights are both convicting and worthy of all the "amen brotha's" I keep shouting to the page. I love his military comparison on page 80 and wanted to share it with you. It is so convicting so beware. Let me know what ya think. I always love to hear from you.
"When I was in high schoool, I seriously considered joining the Marines; this was when they first came out with the commercials for 'the few, the proud, the Marines.' What turned me off was that in those advertisements, everyone was always running. Always. And I hate running.
But you know what? I didn't bother to ask if they would modify the rules for me so I could run less, and maybe also do fewer push-ups. That would have been pointless and stupid, and I knew it. Everyone knows that if you sign up for the Marines, you have to do whatever they tell you. They own you.
Somehow this realization does not cross over to our thinking about the Christian life. Jesus didn't say that if you wanted to follow Him you could do it in a lukewarm manner. He said, 'Take up your cross and follow me.'"