All Things to All Men

"At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore" (Ps. 16: 11) The Basket Case Chronicles #121 “Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved” (1 Cor. 10:32-33). We should start with the goal. Paul is seeking the salvation of many men; he is not playing for small change. Since they are the point of the mission, the one on the mission subordinates his own interests to the task. He seeks to please all men, and denies himself the pleasure of seeking his own profit, because he bends all his efforts toward this end. The “all men” here encompasses all kinds—Jews, Gentiles, not to mention members of the church. This ties in with the point of his previous discussion. He is talking about cultural identity markers—dietary issues, ceremonial practices, and so on. When we are on their turf, we are to behave in a respectful way. … [Read more...]

It Was a Fat Robin

"She was the kind of woman whose absolute support was freely and completely given, until it gave way like a saturated California hillside. Then it was mostly at the bottom with a car or two underneath. The final event that would cause the hillside to give way might be completely trivial -- perhaps a robin landing too heavily -- but once the business was underway, well, it was all mostly at the bottom. Chad had clearly and unmistakably lied to her daughter. This was a breach of trust not to be endured. It was clear. It was unambiguous. It was a fat robin." (Evangellyfish, p. 181). … [Read more...]

Eating the Bag Itself

This morning I sent out a link to what I called an edifying food rant, which you can read here. Having done so, I thought it might be good for me to summarize a few basic observations about food and the modern Christian. This is by no means exhaustive, but it should give the lay of the land. This is why this subject is of such major concern to me. The basic food law for Christians is love. The basic food law for Christians is that of reducing friction to table fellowship. Adding diet barriers increases potential points of friction. Whenever diet barriers are necessary for medical reasons (as they often are), we should work with them, of course. But we should all recognize what our shared goal should be -- free table fellowship, for all Christians, in every direction. Two Christians, with completely different brown bag lunches, should be able to laugh and talk together over those lunches, even though one bag is filled with food that is full of pure thoughts and the healthiest thing … [Read more...]