only help my unbelief

I really should be in bed
December 21, 2008, 11:24 pm
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Today was a full day.

I woke up this morning and got to church early to greet the kids in my Sunday school class. Almost all of them were there, which is rare, and we had a special craft to do courtesy of Lee – picture frames to decorate, with pictures of our class that we took last week. The kids loved the pictures, and decorating the frames took an incredibly long time, which was actually great. I loved sitting there helping them put the stickers on and talking about the pictures.

After church Christian and I drove back to my house and ate a delicious lunch. Then my mom took us over to her friend’s house, where her friend and her friend’s daughter took some engagement pictures for us. I don’t know how they turned out yet, but we did have a good time making each other laugh and feeling somewhat awkward at trying to look like we weren’t posing.

That only took about an hour, so we came back to my house and relaxed with my parents until it was time to drive back to church.

We were in the 2- and 3-year-old nursery tonight, so it was the same kids I have in Sunday school. They were super sweet tonight, wanting to sit in our laps and read books and take silly pictures. My heart was full of them when we left.

After that we went to a Christmas party where we got to fellowship with friends from church. It was a really relaxing, joyful time, and we felt refreshed when it was over.

We drove back to church to pick up Christian’s car.

I dropped him off and was about to drive off, but I waited because he didn’t have his cell phone with him. God was so gracious.

Christian’s car wouldn’t start. Even though a couple weeks ago it was in the shop for two weeks. And we paid almost $1,000 to get it fixed.

We were able to jump it, but we still don’t know what the problem is.

We have a lead on a car someone is trying to sell before they go on the mission field, so we’re going to call them again tomorrow to see if that’s a possibility, but we know it’s all in God’s hands.

If you think about it, please pray for us. It seems kind of like we’re drowning. There’s the wedding to plan, and we’re still looking for an apartment, and now we need to find a new car as soon as possible. We know God is big enough to handle all this and more, but our faith is being tested, and we know that God hears the prayers of the saints.

Honestly, though, I’m thankful for these trials. Tonight on the way home the song “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” came on my iPod, and it was just what I needed to hear. I don’t think there’s ever been a Christmas when I wanted Jesus to come and overshadow me more than I do this year.

O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

The problem with atheists
December 5, 2008, 1:46 pm
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[Go read this article at CNN.]

For those too lazy to click, in Washington State, a group of atheists put up a sign about the winter solstice next to a nativity scene. Within an hour of the sign being put up, it was stolen. As you can imagine, some people are quite upset.

Let me say first that I believe that those who put up the sign have the right to do so, and so I’m not trying to side with those who stole the sign. It is wrong to steal, but the atheists and humanists have it all wrong. First:

The incident will not stifle the group’s message, Gaylor said, adding that a temporary sign with the same message would be placed in the building’s Rotunda. Gaylor said a note would be attached saying, “Thou shalt not steal.”

Gaylor goes on to say, correctly, that whoever took the sign (assuming they are professing Christians, although couldn’t it just have been some agnostics?) wasn’t following their own commandments. This is true. But the atheists, based on their worldview and beliefs, truly have no right to get upset about it being stolen. They can’t say that it’s wrong to steal, because they have no standard for right and wrong without the knowledge of God.

Later in the article:

In Washington, D.C., the American Humanist Association began a bus ad campaign this month questioning belief in God.

“Why believe in a god?” the advertisement asks. “Just be good for goodness sake.”

There is no such thing as goodness’ sake. There is only God, and He is the only Good. It’s truly impossible to be good for goodness’ sake. Like the Friends episode where Phoebe tries to do something completely altruistic, we are incapable of doing things without ulterior motives without the Lord’s grace.

I wasn’t angered or upset by this article at all. I shook my head because what so many people quoted in the article said was so completely contradictory.

I think a better response would have been to leave the sign where it was, and not make such a big stink out of it. Is our God so small that we have to defend him by committing misdemeanors? I think that He’s big enough to take care of Himself.