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Don’t Snuff Out the Light

A recent reading from Luke demonstrates all too well how We Simply Don’t Get It Sometimes. Here, we read about people following Jesus being quite willing to refuse his mercy to others, which plays out all too often in terms of intolerance. As much as many professing Christians claim to let their light shine and be a good witness, many fall horribly short when it comes to discussing politics or religion, to use a good example.

I’ll admit, I’ve had a few times where I’ve almost “snuffed” out my own Christ-light when hearing or reading certain things about politics (religion, too, but political divisions have been more sharp). Someone I know recently asked me how I manage when someone makes a particularly insensitive remark or shares content implying they agree with the author’s assessment that the other side is stupid.

It’s not a simple answer by any means, but is best summed up in the baptismal covenant. When I affirmed this covenant for myself in confirmation,  I vowed to renounce Satan and also made other vows that included respecting the dignity of every human being.

Respecting the dignity of those who don’t return the favor is hard, since they often can’t see what they’re doing is wrong, God love ’em. However, there are two very different possible ways of dealing with such situations – one, I believe, is God’s way, the other is the other guy’s:

  • I could respect their worth as a child of God, realize that their story varies from mine and maybe influences how they see things, and pray for God to work in their hearts so they may treat others with love and respect
  • I could return the comments about ” Liberals are stupid”, “Perfect proof that all religions is BS”, etc. with comments in a similar vein, but it would, in the end, be more about my anger at being insulted than anyone respecting the other’s dignity

Even though the Episcopal and Evangelical Lutheran baptismal covenants are the ones best-known for including promises about our treatment of others, I think our treatment of people is a good litmus test of how well we’re actually renouncing the devil and his works. We are, after all, called to be representatives of Christ.

Something to think about: would your average discussion of politics or religion draw people to Christ, or push them away? Give it some thought the next time these types of issues come up.

June 20, 2016 Posted by | Christian Living | | Leave a comment

Better Together: CelticAnglican’s Ramblings and Liturgical Christianity as One

This blog will soon be combined with my primary CelticAnglican’s Ramblings blog. The original Liturgical Christianity site was part of a revenue-share program that unfortunately didn’t work out. However, authors had the chance to keep the domain and content.

However, balancing posting to two blogs that often have overlapping content, as well as a personal and a few business blogs, presents a challenge to my job schedule. Often, it comes down to choosing between posting to one blog or the other, or posting content that is not up to par with my preferred quality. Neither are a good situation for a blogger.

I’ll be working on exporting most of the current content to the other blog, as well as providing redirection links for posts that have been moved. For those who follow the blogs on Facebook, I’ll still maintain a separate page for the liturgical Christianity-at-large content.

Blessings to all!

June 7, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

We Remember: The Maryrs of Lyons

Learn more about Blandina and Her Companions, The Martyrs of Lyons

Martyrdom is never nice to hear about, but Jesus never promised a trouble-free life. While most of us will not have to pay the ultimate price for our beliefs, following Christ isn’t always easy today, either. Our world sees a lot of conflict, unrest and violence that makes peace seem like a far-off dream. We would do well to remember that we are always called to be witnesses. When we stop caring about the world’s troubles and fail to speak out in the name of Christ, our witness suffers. Let’s always remember the courage of our ancestors in the faith.

Almighty God, who gave your servants Blandina and her companions boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in
us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Saint-Martin Ainay Crypte

June 2, 2016 Posted by | Saints and Feasts, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment