Beautiful Mud

I was a loser, drifting through this cursed planet, aimlessly weaving through broken promises.

I was a proud star, scaling the heights of shattered commandments, tip-toeing across sharp pieces of broken trust.

I was a loose cannon, a loud cymbal, a lost cause.

Love was not a word in my life-tionary, even though it dominated my diction-ary.

As brown as dirt, as wavering as dust, as shifty as sand, as hardened as the land.

My life was tainted.

My hope had fainted. Continue reading Beautiful Mud

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Is God the Author of Confusion? YES and NO. [Part 2]

Continued from Part 1

“We fear it is hopeless ever to form a society which can keep out men base enough to profess one thing and believe another; but it might be possible to make an informal alliance among all who hold the Christianity of their fathers. Little as they might be able to do, they could at least protest, and as far as possible free themselves of that complicity which will be involved in a conspiracy of silence.” – C. H. Spurgeon Continue reading Is God the Author of Confusion? YES and NO. [Part 2]

Is God the Author of Confusion? YES and NO. [Part 1]

A FEW THOUGHTS ON CHRISTIAN UNITY

It is a thought that plagues me every now and then, even though I know it shouldn’t. I am aware that we are living in a fallen world. I am also aware that God is not the author of confusion. But sometimes I come across a passage like this one, where God says “Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” [Genesis 11:7] and I get startled, wait, doesn’t the Bible say that God is not the author of confusion? By the way, where does the Bible actually say that? And I find myself on another rabbit chase for the crucial verse. Ah, here it is! 1 Corinthians 14:33, “for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” However, the knot in my heart grows tighter. What do I do with this apparent contradiction?

But then I recall something that might help. Context. Sometimes I feel like that word is just thrown into the confusion to rationalize things. But then I remember that the original biblical text was not partitioned into verses, Bible verses are a later addition. Continue reading Is God the Author of Confusion? YES and NO. [Part 1]

Jesus in a Box: The Danger in Music Videos

Mediated Communication

We are living in an electronically mediated age. Communication is no longer what it used to be. On the up side, we have faster and more convenient means of communication, mediated by cellphones, the internet and other forms of  communication media. On the other hand, the down-side of these technological innovations are much more difficult to discern. This is because majority of these negative effects tend to be subliminal and secondary in how they manifest themselves.

For instance, while the cell phone has made it easier and faster to reach people on the other side of the globe, it has consequently reduced the need for face-to-face communication. Of course the innovators perceived this problem and came up with video-call technology. It is now possible to have a face to face communication with a person thousands of miles away from you via services such as Skype. Problem solved. Or is it? It depends on what we think the problem is. Continue reading Jesus in a Box: The Danger in Music Videos

Lyrical Review: Naomba by Adawnage

“Prayer is the practice of the presence of God.  It is the place where pride is abandoned, hope is lifted, and supplication is made.  Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility, and claiming dependence upon God.” – Matt Slick (CARM)

What images come to your mind when you think of prayer? Folded hands, bowed head, closed eyes, bended knees and a sombre mood. This is the most common list. The Bible also describes various contexts in which prayer is said or expressed. One of these expressions is through music, such as the Psalms of David. However, what struck me most about the lyrics to Adawnage’s Naomba is the attitude expressed in the words of the prayer-song. Continue reading Lyrical Review: Naomba by Adawnage

The Current Islamic Protests: An Unlikely Lesson for Christians?

The current protests by Muslim “extremists” in response to an anti-Islam film have of course generated a great interest among Christians. The film in question depicts Prophet Mohammed as a fraud, a womanizer and a child molester. In response, the extremists have engaged in vandalism and murderous violence aimed at U.S residents in the Islamic bloc, the epitome of which was the killing of the American Ambassador to Libya. However, the kind of Christian interest being generated throughout social media and other discussion boards reveals a certain blind spot in many of us, the Christian observers. It is not uncommon to find witty and sarcastic comments such as “It is counterproductive to use violence to protest against accusation of violence” from Christian groups in an attempt to contrast our religion from Islam.

Of course such a comment would be considered extreme on the part of the reasonable Christian. We are expected to not “pay back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else” (1 Thess 5:15). Continue reading The Current Islamic Protests: An Unlikely Lesson for Christians?

Should Christians Own Weapons for Self Defense?

Refusing to have a self-defense weapon in the name of “God will protect us in His sovereign power” is like knowingly walking through a dangerous alley or refusing to exercise regularly with the same attitude.

Owning a weapon for self-defense can be one of the ways through which we acknowledge that our bodies are indeed the temple of the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). God could have supernaturally protected the Israel nation throughout the Old Testament, but He found it worthwhile to use human watchmen and soldiers to defend the cities. Continue reading Should Christians Own Weapons for Self Defense?