I “met” Katherine online a couple of years ago via WordPress. I think I found her on Freshly Pressed, clicked over, and was hooked. We began to read each other’s blogs and comment. Conversations sprang up via email, and a friendship has grown.
She responded kindly, via email, to my post “What If Our Rights Don’t Matter?” She pointed out some things I hadn’t considered, and I spent a lot of time thinking about it as a result. Certain portions of the message, such as the priority God commands that we place on helping “the least of these” in the family of Christ, I thought were self-evident, but I didn’t make that clear enough.
So, I invited her to turn her email into a guest post I could put up on my blog for my readers to consider as well. Without further ado, Katherine’s words. Take them to heart, consider them, and join the discussion in the comments section!
I learned a lot in the Sunday School of my folks’ church. Bible stories stuck in my brain, waiting, like seeds, in the desert of my being.
Many parched rebellion years later, the rain fell. Sunday School stories grew into real life.
I had a lot of Bible memorized, thanks be to those who had required it of me. Every bit of it bore fruit.
Almost every bit of it was contrary to most denominations, including my parents’.
Even non-denominations held pet beliefs tightly, beliefs that countered the Bible.
I know, I know, your denomination is different.
Sadly for us, that’s what they all said.
My husband and I, as we grew in faith, sought a place that believed the entire Bible. Although willing to put up with lots of style differences, we did not find this place. Wherever we went, we also found that if we acted as if we believed the entire Bible, we were ostracized.
So, having plenty of children to fill our “pews”, we home-churched. This did not satisfy, of course, as the Bible says we are to be accountable to others (Hebrews 13:17) which our little home church did not allow. So, back we would go to yet another pointy-roofed place, to try again.
It is sad.
I love that Tiff has invited me to guest post about the things we see from a life of digging for the truth unaided, except by each other. I long to share, and pray someone out there really needs to hear this.
Here are a few of my pet peeves about untruths surrounding the Bible.
Censoring the Free
Something that bothers me lots, about the popular teachings of today, is the idea that Peter taught civil disobedience. Every time I hear that my brain scrambles. I do not believe it’s so.
I was taught that when Peter said, “We must obey God rather than man,” (Acts 5:29) he referred to the fact that he HAD freedom of speech, which Rome had granted. It was the spiritually weak/dead religious crowd that tried to force Peter into silence, flouting the laws of the land, and usurping authority.
Peter did not break the law when he spoke; the Pharisees broke it when they censored free speech.
I was taught that we are to obey the laws of our land (Titus 3:1) and not to follow those who disobey them. Following a “church” leader violating the established law would lead to total chaos, which God hates.
Financing the Drugs
It also kills me to see God’s money given to people we know spend it on drugs and other slavery. This is patently wrong.
- It accessorizes drug violation, pornography, prostitution, and child slavery.
- It wastes funds, given in good faith, on activities I am sure no
rational person approves.
This happens in the name of helping the poor.
I just shake my head.
We are helping them BE the poor.
I see movies where pastoral types give money to hoodlums, trying to win them to Christ. Ridiculous! They mark us for the easy marks we are.
I KNOW! Jesus said, “…unto the least of these…” (Matthew 25:40) Did YOU know He also added the words, “…my brothers…” which means this verse aims at relieving the poverty of the Christians?
That is what the early Church did. (1 Corinthians 16:1)
If we read it with Christian wisdom, instead of worldly humanitarian mind-speak in our heads, we realize the Word says “brother” when it speaks of monetary aid in the New Testament.
Why the differentiation? People who relate to Christians as brothers in the faith are open to correction. Giving to them will not help them destroy anyone. Flagrant giving to others would be very wrong. Giving God’s money to His enemies would be treachery.
I was taught that in the Old Testament, everything it said about feeding the poor, in general, was speaking TO Israel as a nation and ABOUT Israel as a nation. (Proverbs 19:17, among many) They were the embodiment of God’s will on earth then, punished for not being Godly, and like the church and like the family, if they did not take care of their own, they were worse than unbelievers.
The Bible gives us a 3-part picture of caring for your own, presented first in Israel, second in the Church, and third, in the family. (1 Timothy 5:8) If you don’t take care of them, who will?
Talking About the Weather
I was taught that just as God causes His sun and rain to benefit the unrighteous as well as the righteous, (Matthew 5:45) we are to offer the gospel to the difficult, as well as to the easy-to-love. If it will help, then in those cases, it is Christ-like (Matthew 14:13-21) to extend a hand to go with it, such as the church I attended once, that offered “In the Word Luncheon” at noon every Wednesday. The food brought folks in, but while they ate, the preacher taught for 15 minutes.
How MANY Christians just give stuff, or even food, but without showing the source, the door, which is Jesus! He said, “The poor you will always have with you,” (Matthew 26:11) and “You… are looking for me because you … ate the loaves and had your fill.” (John 6:26-27)
Jesus, on that occasion, went on to say it was ALL about the Spirit. He then cranked up the teaching some, after which many fell away. (John 6:60-66) They were already believers, see, were originally there to listen, to be prayed for, to get the higher things.
He deliberately taught something difficult to triage even the believers who were just there for the food.
It’s not about the food.
Katharine is a writer, counselor, retired educator, professional mom, who’s been happily married for 44 years with six grown kids, and 10 grandkids, counting the one due any day. She loves writing, gardening, herbing, cooking, eating, and old movies with popcorn. She blogs over at Home’s Cool and The Conquering Mom, both of which I try to keep up on.
She has begun to be a formative influence in my faith, especially in regard to my home life as a wife and mother. She encourages, exhorts, and even gently rebukes in a humble spirit of love I find impossible to ignore. Not that I would want to.
As a young woman, I find her willingness to say the hard things refreshing, if tough to swallow at times. Still, if I don’t remain teachable, if I don’t search Scripture for myself, if I don’t listen to wise counsel, then what’s the point?
What are your thoughts? Please join the discussion, but keep it civil. I will delete any comments that attack another person’s character in any way. As long as it’s about the issue, have at it.
Grace & Peace,