“I Finally Met People Who Walk The Walk”

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How important is the way we live our life? Just read the comments of Sandra Bullock who plays a Christian in her most recent movie, “The Blind Side.” If she were to meet you and watch your life would she have concluded that she had just met the real deal?

“One of my biggest issues has always been people who use their faith and their religion as a banner but don’t do the right things, yet still go, ’I’m a good Christian and I go to church and this is the way you should live your life. ’ And I’m like, you know, do not give me a lecture about how to live my life when you go to church every week but I know you are still sneaking around on your wife. And I told Leigh Anne (Tuohy) in a live interview, one of my largest concerns getting involved with this project was that whole banner-waving thing because it scares me, and I’ve had experiences that haven’t been great with people like that. I don’t buy a lot of people who use that banner as their shield. But she was so open and honest and forthright with me I thought, wow, I’ve finally met someone who practices but doesn’t preach. … I now have faith in those who say they represent a faith. I finally met people who walk the walk.”

—Sandra Bullock, star of The Blind Side, describing her interaction with Leigh Anne Tuohy, the real-life evangelical Christian whom Bullock plays in the movie

[worldmag.com, 11/21/09]

Welcome to the Ignorance Factory!

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“I was surprised when I heard the numbers among black voters, which was f—ing shameful. And, of course, the Mormons. What it comes down to is the churches are not operating like instruments of love. They’re hate machines. They’re ignorance factories.” —actor Sean Penn, commenting on those who supported California’s Proposition 8, a measure that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman [rollingstone.com, 2/6/09]

Our gut reaction to Sean Penn’s comments might be a good indicator of how correct his assessment is of churches and Christians. Was my first reaction one of disgust for his opinion? Did I want to retaliate in some way? Or did I long for him to see and understand Jesus for who He really is? If my reaction is the latter then I am on the right path, the path toward loving those who oppose Christ and His church.

Penn could be considered correct when he says churches are “ignorance factories” if we find it difficult to love him and others like him who slur the Bride of Christ. Ignorance? Of what? Ignorant of the command to love those who oppose us, who hate us, those who deride us and despise us. Any reaction less than love is falling short of Christ’s command. Admittedly, love has many forms and expressions, but it never looks, tastes or feels hateful or demeaning.

Don’t be fooled into thinking Penn is a lone voice. There are many who share his opinion but lack the forum to express it. Instead of a microphone and camera provided by national media, they take to the blogosphere and express themselves there. I personally feel this is part of a growing trend of anti-church attitudes that perceives the church as being an obstacle to growth and progress.

How should the church respond to accusations of “hate machines” and “ignorance factories?” When I read my Bible I feel like the only appropriate response is — one life, mine and yours, lived in obedience and reckless love for every person we come in contact with. Yes, it is slow. It is tedious. The masses won’t respond. But it seems to be the way of faith. Life on life. Day in and day out!

Does Satan exist? Find out Thursday PM!

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Does Satan Exist debate

The ABC News show, Nightline, will feature a debate on the existence of Satan between Mark Driscoll and Deepak Chopra (among others) this Thursday night at 11:35.

I have heard Driscoll speak in person and like him a lot. He was blunt and honest yet respectful. I have also heard him online when he was speaking at his church and he was blunt! I am really curious to see how he will handle himself on national television at his own church. I am sure he will present a great case for the truth.

I am interested in your opinion of the debate. I’ll be looking for your thoughts late tomorrow night or on Friday. Until then!

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