the stumble in the dance

Posted: May 19th, 2010 | Filed under: life | Tags: | 2 Comments »

It’s no secret that God’s fan club is terrible at representing Him. The more extreme they are in their fanship, the more vocal and aggressive they tend to be. Some feel like they know Him so well that they can start calling shots for Him without checking in first.

The scripturally illiterate seem to be the most visible and vocal. It’s the dramatics and flair of extremism that get their blood running. They establish themselves as experts while having no clue that their confrontational disposition and combative strategies are opposing the very scriptures they’re mis-quoting.

They set themselves up as experts on religious issues, but haven’t the remotest idea of what they’re holding forth with such imposing eloquence. -1 Timothy 1:7

They want to shut you out of the free world of God’s grace so that you will always depend on them for approval and direction, making them feel important. -Galatians 4:17

People are strange. Religious people are the strangest. They have a remarkable amount of passion and determination when chasing down their spiritual highs. They’re able to manifest all kinds of awkward adrenaline fueled performances.

If you do something wrong, would you want to be punished by people or God? With a pack of sensationalists greedy for their next supernatural feast, you’d do anything to avoid being their next meal.

David prayed, “I have sinned badly in what I have just done, substituting statistics for trust; forgive my sin—I’ve been really stupid.”

God answered …’You have your choice of three punishments; choose one and I’ll do the rest…Do you want three years of famine, three months of running from your enemies while they chase you down, or three days of the sword of God—an epidemic unleashed on the country by an angel of God? Think it over and make up your mind…”

David [said], “They’re all terrible! But I’d rather be punished by God whose mercy is great, than fall into human hands.” -1 Chronicles 21:8-13

The problem is as old as the hills. It will be around long after we’re all gone. If you don’t want to be a part of the problem then step back for a while and take inventory of how your thought process measures up against what Jesus accomplished. Something supernatural and real called you into this life. Make sure that nothing superficial and contrived is driving you forward.

No matter what situation you’re in, grace always wins. Nobody can take that away. Failure is an inevitable part of life so you may as well make stumbling a part of your dance.



2 Comments on “the stumble in the dance”

  1. 1 StephenT said at 6:13 am on May 19th, 2010:

    The last paragraph reminded me of a post I made last November. I only mention it because from what I've read on your blog so far, I think it will be meaningful to you.

    (If the url got mangled, go to my website and search for "dance".)

    All is Grace,


  2. 2 Julie R. said at 2:37 pm on May 19th, 2010:


    Thank you again for allowing God to speak through you to those of us following your blog…


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