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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
- Up early; breakfast, off to NCC for the new re-vamped
morning service; good to have a solid preaching slot; Kevin on
suffering - did well. Family service lead by Teresa - scripture
memory verse: In all things God works for good Romans 8:28.
- Back home; quick lunch, changed / fed H. etc. back to
NCC to continue sorting out their thin-clients; got exposed to some
interesting glibc / architecture version mismatch action that I've
not seen in a long time Invalid Instruction. Battled on, some
machines too old to have PCI network cards, others too new to supply
useful bits to others - fun. Battled some feeble on-board cirrus
graphics problems to no avail. Discovered my VFS/mtools stuff is not
necessary - NBD does it all (apparently).
- Back home for a nice dinner, sat by the fire for the first
time this year - lovely; someone has re-constituted our coal into large
round bars-of-soap, rather odd.
- Very good sermon from Gordon on
Luke 6:36-42 Judge not that ye be not
Judged - very clear; Most interesting about the recent controversies
wrt. Homosexuality in the church - the Catholic Church re-affirming the
traditional understanding, and the Episcopal Church discovering they
- Paul's circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is
nothing, keeping God's commands is what counts (1 Cor 7:19) -
clearly the civil and ceremonial law are fulfilled in Christ,
no sacrificing of animals is necessary; but the moral law is
|The world non-judgementalism
|Whatever the other person has done, it cannot be wrong;
No right or wrong; just different.
|A genuine offence has been committed, we have to extend
mercy & grace.
|Assumption that there are no absolute standards,
judgementalism is imposimg my standards on others.
|Assumption is that there are eternal and fixed standards;
and these have already been violated - to judge not is to
reach out with forgiveness and forebearance.
|Imagines it's getting an A+ in non-judgementalism
|The world is getting a failing grade.
- Imagine a sin everyone agrees on eg. racism - a repugnant failure and
transgression if ever there was.
|Reach for the stone pile
|reach-out with non-judgemental love, trying to restore and
bring to ammendment the brother, in love.
- Real non-judgementalism as Jesus teaches - operates in the presence
of offences, not in their absence.
- Keeping things in proportion: can tell a real christian - more offended by
their own sin than by other people's The plank in their own eye - more
upset by the mirror than the newspaper.
- How can we acquire this spirit: remember we are not God, not qualified
to judge; who are you to judge another man's servant, to his own master
he stands or falls (Romans 14)
- Not God - don't have the facts; don't know the struggles they face.
widow that gave her two coins gave more than all the others - from
the saviors point of view; an adjustment factor.
- C.S.Lewis writes in Mere Christianity If you are a nice person, if
virtue comes easy to you - you don't struggle with substance abuse,
profanity, selfishness - if so, beware - much is expected from those to whom
much is given. If you mistake for your own merits what God has just given to
you, and if you're content with simply being nice; you're still a rebel. All
those things will just make your fall more terrible, your corruption more
complicated, your bad example more disastrous; the Devil was an archangle once.
But if you are a poor creature, poisoned by a wretched upbringing, in some
house full of vulgar jealosies and senseless quarrels, saddled by no choice of your
own with some loathsome sexual perversion, nagged day in and out by some inferiority
complex that makes you snap at your best friends - do not dispair. God knows all about it
- you are one of the poor whom he has blessed. He knows what a wretched machine you are
trying to drive; keep on; do what you can; one day perhaps in another world, and
perhaps far sooner than that - he will fling it on the scrap-heap and give you a
new one, and then you may astonish us all, not least yourself - for you have
learned your driving in a hard school..
- Challenging stuff.
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