Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The following was forwarded by an online friend who is into poetry, Theta. I admit, sometimes I’m also guilty of this one. Still though, this is worth posting in my space. This will be reminder to every people calling themselves “Christians”, even calling themselves “Bible Baptists”. This is especially for us (including myself), brothers and sisters. Here it goes (my own words in parenthesis).

Isn't it strange how a 100-peso bill seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church, but such a small amount when you go shopping?

(If only a small Baptist church of let’s say 40 earning members will give at least PhP100 a week, it will be PhP4000, PhP16000 a month. I bet not all members are poor. In fact, some parade their cars, vans, etc. Besides, in the Bible, the Macedonian church members were described as in “deep poverty”, meaning below poverty line. Still, they gave it to Apostle Paul. Paul rejected it, but the Macedonian church members insisted. We buy shoes, clothes that are a bit expensive because we want and need to look presentable in front of our officemates, classmates, friends, etc, yet we don’t even bother if your church needs some paint job, some renovation, or etc. No offense, but we like it when Mr. Eli Soriano began to curse Baptist churches for tithes and fund raising, when in the first place, the church workers also need money for their own and their families’ needs.)

Isn't it strange how 2 hours seem so long when you're at church, and how short they seem when you're watching a good movie?

(We tend to go out like rats going out from the hole after the church service. I tend to look on my watch when a speaker reaches the one hour limit.)

Isn't it strange that you can't find a word to say when you're praying, but you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?

(I tend to pray shorter than talking to a friend over mobile phone. The irony? Prayer is free, calling a friend isn’t. In public prayer, we tend to pray like we are being rushed by someone. When we’re talking to our friends and loved ones, we are trying to convey the message as clear as possible.)

Isn't it strange how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of the Bible, but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel or ZANE GREY book?

(In fact, we even carry secular books with us while walking, as if we’re proud that we own them. I heard of someone bringing along with him Anton LaVey’s book, The Satanic Bible, inside the University, seen by his schoolmates. That dude is proud of that books like he’s different. Brethren, let’s be proud of our faith. Bring our Bibles with us. Take time to read it while waiting for someone, like your professor. If you don’t want being tagged a show-off. Then, read your favorite secular, academic, and Christian books after that.)

Isn't it strange how everyone wants front-row-ticketsto concerts or games, but they do whatever is possible to sit at the last row in Church?

(By God’s grace, I learned to like front row in the church. Not only I can hear it clearly, but there is less noise. Usually, the farther you are seated, the noisier it gets, unless the preacher pointed that noisy one. However, when I was late, I don’t like it because I tend to sit at front, creating a scene. Why? The back seat is occupied first before the front seat. Back seats are for latecomers. What is it with back seats anyway? Yes, we may have our reasons like we have bladder problems, I need to guard my car, I need to guard the church entrance. Those are reasonable, but not all people do that job at the same time, if you know what I mean. On the lighter side, it is in the church when you can have front row seats for free.)

Isn't it strange how we need to know about an event for Church 2-3 weeks before the day so we can include it in our agenda, but we can adjust it for other events at the last minute?

(This is really strange; I also tend to do this. Invite them in a ballgame, birthday, concerts, outing; they will rush into the scene, some even forgetting some stuff because of their spontaneity.)

Isn't it strange how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to share itwith others, but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and repeat gossip?

(Indeed, gossips fly. When they fly, they leave a trail that others want to follow. Yes, we may excuse that spiritual things are harder to understand than gossip, but God had given Christians the spirit of discernment when we read God’s Word and when He speaks in events, people, etc. Why is it still harder? Maybe we are not exercising that discernment harder.)

Isn't it strange how we believe everything that magazines and newspapers say, but we question the words in the Bible?

(This is very much true; in fact, we even say, “let’s not be legalistic/dogmatic on this text” blah blah blah. Yet, opinions keep flying when one reads the paper, books, magazines, etc. Some even extends these opinions in their coffee shop talks. Oh by the way, when someone heard me say what you read just now, some may even correct my grammer, my approach, or just plain indifference because they don’t like the topic anyway. We tend to follow the rules like wearing the ID and uniform, wearing proper attire in a specific place like it’s a dogma, no questions asked. Yet in Biblical verses like, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands”, which is clearly said, we tend to ask, “what if the husband is wrong?” When we encounter verses like, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers”, we tend to ask, “what if there’s no qualified Christian in the church to be my lifetime partner?” Strange, isn’t it?)

Isn't it strange how everyone wants a place in heaven, but they don't want to believe, do, or say anything to get there?

(This is a sad truth. The reason why Christians don’t like winning souls is because of rejection. Why is there rejection? Because they don’t want to believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven. Thus, Christians should pray more and act more.)

Isn't it strange how we send jokes in e-mails and they are forwarded right away, but when we are going to send messages about God, we think about it twice before we share it with others?

(I find it harder to give Biblical advice to someone than to give them a joke, trivias, one liner, etc.)

Please don’t be offended by this. I myself was hit with these “strange truths”. To my fellow brethren Baptists/Christians, hope you’ll appreciate these reminders coming from a brother in Christ.

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