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We Lost the War

randomlychad  —  May 30, 2014 — 3 Comments

For decades it seems the American church has been fighting a war on culture. Well, we’ve lost. I don’t say this lightly, but it also seems pretty clear that we marched into battle under faulty premises. I mean when are we ever  mandated to convert the culture in which we find ourselves to some semblance of Christian conduct?

Is it even reasonable to expect Christian conduct, or morals, from culture? From the world? I submit it is not. Moreover, we’re not even on the same page when it comes to values.

So we’ve fought a war, which we’ve arguably lost, and awoken in a world we don’t recognize… Because we didn’t fight biblically. Pop quiz:

Where was the Apostle Paul most effective–on Mars Hill, where he tried to be culturally relevant, or with the Phillippian jailer? How about Jesus? Was He after the masses, or the individual? You see, those of us who believe serve a God Who isn’t all about efficiency. He wants the one lost sheep who’s strayed, scans the horizon for signs of the prodigal son, tells the woman with the issue of blood that her faith has healed her… Or the woman caught in adultery to go, and sin so more.

Was the command to go into all the world and save the culture, or rather was it to make disciples? You see, it’s easy to lionize Hollywood, or lambsaste the gay agenda.

But it’s hard to confront the sin in our own hearts, check our motives, and then go forth with the message of God’s love.

For individuals.

It’s easy to write off entire segments of the populace. It’s far harder to love those souls for whom Christ died.

Changed lives don’t happen culturally, or societally, but rather face-to-face, one-on-one.

But we’re afraid, hiding in our holy huddles. It’s no wonder we’ve lost the war.

But it’s not too late.

Wake up, church: the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God.

The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men is a new movie starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett, and Hugh Bonneville. Set during the waning days of World War II, it is the story of an unlikely platoon of men tasked with recovering, and restoring, works of art stolen by Hitler’s Nazi regime. Positioning itself as an epic among the likes of Saving Private Ryan, it is nevertheless a tale that takes place in smaller, quiet moments. Going in, we do not know much about the Monuments Men, other than they are scholars, professors, art historians, architects–men who love art. Despite this lack of back story, we learn who they are by what they do.

They characters are revealed by their respective actions. Though they wrestle with it, struggle to come to grips, each believes the mission is one worth dying for. That these monumental works are worth preserving. That by keeping culture alive they are keeping hope alive.

That by preserving history they are safeguarding the future.

Though it is somewhat disjointed at times, with abrupt tonal shifts, this movie brings home the high human cost of war. Not through the horrors of the concentration camp, but rather through small moments (a character hanging a painting in an empty apartment, never to be occupied again by the people who left it).

It is a journey worth taking.

Go see The Monuments Men.

Liar’s Lullaby

randomlychad  —  August 16, 2012 — 3 Comments

The world, the flesh, and the devil sing their siren songs–with only one goal in mind: to lull us to sleep. We want to be comfortable, and forget: this is a world at war, and we inhabit enemy-occupied territory. Else why do the Scriptures call our adversary “the god of this world?”

Yes, Jesus is sovereign, but we don’t yet see all under his feet.

We want comfort in wartime, and demand rest. And carp and complain when we get a soldier’s rest: we sleep where and when we can, tree roots, dirt clods, and stones poking us in the back.

Yet, the Liar’s Lullaby sings on in unholy 3-part harmony–with one goal in mind: to make us forget. And in the forgetting, sleep.

Only to be rudely awakened from our dreams by harsh reality:

God must often allow the gaping wounds to wake us up, to rouse us from our stupor. Because we have been lulled to sleep again, and He had no other way to get our attention.

The world is the wool so often pulled over our eyes.

How has this been true in your life? How is the Liar’s Lullaby singing to you today? Can you hear its beautiful, terrible strains?

So, Ricky Anderson pretty much badgered me via text yesterday about how he was going to bring our IT Wars, 2012, to a stunning, epic conclusion today.

He used DEFINITIVELY (like that, in ALL CAPS) so much, I felt like:

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DEFINITIVELY.

Then he conceded defeat.

DEFINITIVELY.

Anywho, as I agreed to not write a rebuttal today, that’s all I have to say about the IT Wars; rather, I’d like to highlight some of Ricky’s best work, such as:

A Specimen of Embarrassment. Like Quantum of Solace, but starring Ricky. It is indeed as epic, awesome, and hilarious as it sounds. James Bond: eat your heart out.

The preceding DEFINITIVELY represents funny Ricky, but the following shows his serious, dare I say, heartfelt side:

Daddy’s Got You Covered

Anywho, despite the tonal differences in the two pieces, the second would DEFINITIVELY not exist without his undergoing the former.

If you asked, I’m sure Ricky would tell you the same. Wait for it…

DEFINITIVELY.

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On a serious note, he’s been a good sport throughout our mock war. And more than that, he’s “good peoples.” You can follow him on Twitter @Arthur2Sheds, and read his blog at Ricky Anderdon Dot Net – Always On Sale

Peace put, peeps! Make a great weekend!