Appendectomy…

We’ve got soooo much to look forward to this summer! Weddings, babies, family parties, getaways–not to mention hot weather and bbq’s!! What I need to do is work on a strategy for minimal weight-gain disaster. ;)

I read two EDWJ’s this morning, to get caught up a little, in the Pillars of Wisdom study from Proverbs. The latest (second) Pillar has been Integrity. One businessman was asked what was most needed today in his business, and his answer was, integrity. Because daily he comes across dishonesty and duplicity, and people saying it only matters when you get caught. Of course, those who laugh are quite upset when they are the victims of dishonesty.

It’s easy to see the truth that we’re made for integrity, when I look at my son. He is still at the point where he is very uncomfortable with anything dishonest. I hope and pray that it’s not just “youth and idealism”; but I do fear that it will be difficult, as he starts his business, in today’s world–where you see a statement like: “There are two things essential if you are to succeed in business – integrity and sagacity. Integrity is keeping your word and sagacity is never giving your word.” (Of course, in a sense that is true–you need to be careful about giving your word if there is doubt you can keep it.)

However, Selwyn points out that there are still millions of people who place a high priority on honesty–and many of them are not even Christians. (My Dad is a person like that!) Sadly, they are more honest than many who ARE Christians.

The next reading had another neat analogy, that actually comes from the Bible. He started by telling about the doctor who discovered that most operations could be performed by local anesthesia, while they were still awake: he proved it by taking out his own appendix! The Bible is a “two-edged sword”, and commands us to examine ourselves. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to use the germ-free scalpel of scripture, and perform soul-surgery. Because, “when truth is not within me there is as much pain as with a diseased appendix.”

 

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5 Responses to Appendectomy…

  1. Ken Woodhouse says:

    Cathie,
    Your post interests me because I’ve often pondered virtues like honesty and the Christian faith. We are part of a faith which declares man to be inherently sinful and cannot change that fact so therefore we can only be saved through the grace of God. Now, if that is so, why are we so shocked when Christians misbehave/sin ? Non-Christians call us a bunch of hypocrites and yes we are, we say one thing yet often do another? How many times in the course of the day are we dishonest? I’d guess quite a few…Wife:”did you just buy a new shirt?” …Husband: “No, it’s been in my closet for ages!” Yah, right! Among ourselves we say things like “can you imagine he/she is a Christian” after some transgression becomes public. Well, yes I can! Hey, I’m a hypocrite and I’m coming out of the closet! It means I believe something is right but know I have trouble following it, that’s honest…right? I try not to denigrate those who have failed (not that you are, not saying that at all!). Christianity is the only faith I know of where you have a 100% guaranteed chance of failure, yet we seek it out anyway. So, I say let’s have our own Pride Week celebration for hypocrites. I’m in!

  2. Ken Woodhouse says:

    Hey, even Paul in Romans, I believe, condemned hypocrisy and later on admitted to being a hypocrite himself. saying something like “I know I should do one thing but end up doing something else instead”. Quite the conundrum, isn’t it!

    • crazycathie says:

      Yes, you have a good point… we should not think of Christians as the ones who have all the good qualities. They’re simply the ones who have admitted they need a Saviour.

      Paul talked quite a bit about that conundrum–“Does it mean we can go on sinning? God forbid!” But being aware of God’s amazing grace, should give us all the more impetus for doing the right things, in gratefulness for that grace.

      But you’re right, we should not expect it to come naturally, just because one is a Christian!

  3. Ken Woodhouse says:

    Sometimes I think people stay away from the faith because they see us as self righteous yet at the same time hypocritical. I remember asking my daughter what she had against Christianity and she said “you always have to be good” which in my mind says “you always have to be perfect”. Yet, we are just as imperfect as any other human being. I think rather than Christians stressing the need or desire to be “perfect” or “good” maybe we should shout out that our best attribute is that we are darn good at forgiving because we blow it so much ourselves! That might be more attractive to others, who knows. :)

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