Hello Sweet Cheer: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

6.16.2012

Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

So I meant to blog last weekend about my further reading in "Radical" but time has really gotten away! Here we are a week later and I'm still trying to squeeze in a post! Since I'm in summer classes my weeks are PACKED with busyness!

I've now made it all the way through chapter three of the book! Impressive, I know :)

Chapters 2 and 3 were great! Chapter 2 explains an incredible experience with "underground church", or a "secret" gathering. Boy does that open your eyes! My favorite part of this chapter is as follows:
     I remember sitting outside a Buddhist temple in Indonesia.  Men and women filled the elaborate, colorful temple grounds, where they daily performed their religious rituals.  Meanwhile, I was engaged in a conversation with a Buddhist leader and a Muslim leader in this particular community.  They were discussing how all religions are fundamentally the same and only superficially different. "We may have different views about small issues," one of them said, "but when it comes down to essential issues, each of our religions is the same."
     I listened for a while, and then they asked me what I thought.  I said, "It sounds as though you both picture God (or whatever you call god) at the top of a mountain.  It seems as if you believe that we are all at the bottom of a mountain, and I may take one route up the mountain, you may take another, and in the end we will all end up in the same place."
     They smiled as I spoke.  Happily they replied, "Exactly! You understand!"
     Then I leaned in and said, "Now let me ask you a question.  What would you think if I told you that the God at the top of the mountain actually came down to where we are?  What would you think if I told you that God doesn't wait for people to find their way to him, but instead he comes to us?"
     These few paragraphs were my favorite for two major reasons. First, it brought some REALITY to who Jesus is and who we aren't.  We can never get to God on our own.  It's not by our own power or good works that we find hope and peace in Him.   I can't EVER do enough to work my way to the Lord.  It's only through Jesus Christ that I am able to be in relationship with the Father.  John 14:6 says, "Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
     Secondly, I find that it points out the fact that we are being PURSUED by the Most High King.  If that doesn't rock your world a little bit, I'm not sure what will!  I am a sinner and I am broken and STILL the God of the Universe is pursuing me and desires a relationship with me! Pretty dang cool!

     That's about all I have on Radical but I thought I'd update on my life a bit since things have been so crazy lately!

     I've already mentioned, I'm taking 6 hours in this summer session so I've been swamped with reading, assignments and studying!  I had my first history test yesterday and I'm crossing my fingers that I did well!  I came home last weekend for the Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw concert at Cowboys Stadium!  It was super fun!



     It was a blasty blast! I got to the spend the afternoon and evening with my wonderful parents and precious little sister! Tim McGraw came out first, then Kenny Chesney!



Then they came out together! It was great :)



Last weekend was great, then it was back to the hum drum of the week!

     Studied all week, took my first test and now I'm home once again this weekend for a wedding and Father's Day!  I've got another week of lectures ahead of me, then the Drake-Burleson wedding next weekend, one more week of school, headed to Houston to be a part of the Thomas-Jeffreys wedding then finals and this semester ends!  I have a crazy few weeks ahead of me, to say the least :)

     Hope everyone had a great week and happy weekend!

Peace & Blessings,

Mere

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