We have been taught all our lives that the most important thing we can do for a dying relative or friend is to lead him or her to faith in Jesus before he or she passes into the next world unprotected. This scenario has been recently, and I must add, powerfully, set before us in the movie God is not Dead. In the last scene of the movie, the greatest antagonist against the belief in God is hit by a car on his way to a concert being helped by the protagonists who want to glorify God. While it is apparent that the antagonist is repentant and desirous of changing his ways as he makes his way to the concert, a minister, with whom he has had a couple of dialogues, sees him lying in the street during a pouring rain. He runs up to him and gives him a simple, last chance to trust in Jesus. And he does. The scene actually gives the viewer chills; it is so exciting. It did that for me at least.
Study Bibles have been around for a long time now. The first one could be said to be the Geneva Bible published in 1560. Its study notes were intended to promote the Reformed Theological tradition. Then around 1917 the Oxford University Press published the Scofield Study Bible. It became the standard for the next seventy years. Then between 1985, when the New International Study Bible was published, and the turn of the twenty-first century, there was a great proliferation of study Bibles, climbing to over one hundred in number. Every denomination and most of the larger sects had its theological perspective now enshrined in its very own study Bible.
I’m like a lot of avid sports fans. I can tend to be a little on the fanatical side of enthusiastic. My love is college football.
I love the fall because it is the time for head to head competition. I love the spring because it is the time for the first glimpse of what my team will be like in the fall. I definitely hate the summer though because there is nothing happening that is football related unless you want to follow college recruiting. But that, I’m told from very reliable sources can cause insanity.
The root cause of temporary insanity, depression, frustration, anger, high blood pressure, and general overall stress is the “flipper!”
The flipper is the prized football player who flips from my team to another team. And the heavens above must be called in for protection if a player flips to my biggest rival’s team! Flipping side
No one wants real accountability. I sure understand that. In fact, I’m one of those who don’t want it. And I suspect there are a lot of folks out there just like I am.
Most of us want the demands of accountability to work something like this: after we have acted in an inappropriate manner toward someone, we want to think that if we just say, “I’m sorry,” that our regret should cover all of the aspects of our own responsibility.
As a result, we should not have any other requirements of accountability placed upon us. We are “good-to-go,” so to speak. All must be forgiven. Fellowship should be restored. No further consequences ought to come upon us.
After all, our inappropriate response was just a passing thing. It was just a blip on the radar screen of life. We didn’t really mean it. And we certainly can’t see why anything more should be made of it.
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