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TO DANCE OR TO DIRGE? (Wisdom’s Many Children) Part 2

wisdom1In Part 1 we talked about how it takes more than one person, one church, one political party, or one culture to represent true wisdom, and how an over-identification with one over another is not only unwise but immature. Jesus said it reminded him of spoiled children whining about not getting their way.

“To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:

“‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance, we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.’

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by all her children.” Luke 7:31-34

John and Jesus weren’t opposites. The way they conducted themselves was not contradictory but complementary. They both represented wisdom, while, from the outside looking in neither displayed to the naked eye all that wisdom entails. [Note: Of course Jesus was and is all that wisdom is, but to the ascetics of the day, he wasn’t ascetic enough. Although we might point out that he was born in a cave, fasted for forty days, and had no house to live in. Fairly ascetic from my point of view.] Continue reading

TO DANCE OR TO DIRGE? (Wisdom’s Many Children) Part 1

wisdom-sign“To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:

“‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance, we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.’

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by all her children.” Luke 7:31-34

To dance or not to dance, is that the question? Or is it: To sing a dirge or not to sing one? Which one is it? One party believes in perpetual dancing and the other thinks we should live in continuous dirging, and neither camp respects the others, in fact, makes sport of them.

Which side are you on? Right or left? Choose you this day which you will serve, saith the Lord! If you want to be wise––wise like us––you’ll be like us and certainly not like them!

If I want to be wise, how should I live? As much as I want a handy dandy cliché answer to that, reason requires something more. Wisdom is more complex than that what one can sum up with one word, unless the word is Jesus! (See 1 Corinthians 1:24) But let’s come back to that…

The proof of wisdom is in all the kinds of people it produces.” Luke 7:34 (CJB)

If there were a town called “Wisdom” it would have to have a population of more than one! Continue reading

Sometimes do and sometimes don’t (Part 2)

What do you think? Did the Washingtonian florist do the right thing to refuse to do the flowers for the wedding between two gay men? There has been no shortage of surly pontificating over this one issue, and in my view, way too many words have already been wasted on it. So, why would I waste some more? It’s certainly not the kind of issue that I tend to be so concerned about that I would take the time to publicly posit yet another opinion. Yet I decided to take my time – and yours, if you’re willing to have it taken – not because I have a firm idea about what she should’ve or shouldn’t have done in her circumstance.fork in the road

In fact, as strange as it may seem, I actually don’t have an opinion about it. Again, so why write? Not because I can’t think of anything else to say on other topics. In fact, I have about 130 articles (literally) that I’ve begun and plan to return to in their appropriate order.

No, I hope to share about this from a slightly different angle. What should this Christian lady have done? Should she have sucked it up and done the thing or not? Here’s what I think. Ready for a heavy revy (short for revelation)? I think we can’t know for sure, and to say we do know is hubris! Continue reading

What God is Like (Musings on the character of God) #13

Perfectly wise…

“… the only wise God” Romans 16:27

I include it in a discussion about God’s character because wisdom is not the acquisition of a lot of knowledge or some higher form of intelligence. They say, “If you want knowledge go to college,” but wisdom is not gained in a class or a textbook; it’s a moral thing, a matter of character. “Wisdom” is knowing what to do, having the desire to do it, and the will to go ahead and do it. It may begin with knowledge, but then resolves itself like a good melody into character. Wise people, says Solomon – a converted Solomon – have moral integrity; they have character. Continue reading

Leaving A Good Legacy (The “wisdom of Solomon” … Really?)

I think a lot about finishing well and legacy-leaving these days. I really want to live here in such away that when I leave here it’s a little bit better place than it was before I left. When I die I don’t want people whispering, “Good riddance! Blessed extraction! Don’t let the door hit you in the back!” I was thinking that the best way to have a “good legacy” is to avoid having a bad one! Many years ago I read an article by a young pastor whose dad (also a pastor) gave him, at his request, some simple sage advice. Its title, the same as the advice, was “Don’t do anything stupid!” In other words, in order to leave a good legacy you don’t have to do anything heroic; just don’t do anything horrific! Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will be remembered more for their doping than for their playing, and Pete Rose for his gambling addiction than for his batting average. Continue reading