To Kill a Blue Parakeet

Blue ParakeetOne: We believe everything the Bible says, therefore…

Two: We practice whatever the Bible says.

Three: Hogwash!

To prove he really is convinced of this, author Scot McKnight relays James’ convicting message, “If you can’t keep a tight rein on your tongue, your religion is worthless. The religion God accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows… to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (1:26-27).”

As our pastor has also recently confirmed, there isn’t really anything difficult to understand in James’ words. McKnight sees it as plain as the directions on a stop sign. As the author suggests, think on what we’ve done with this simple verse of instruction.

1. We didn’t like the word “religious.” It’s now a bad word among believers. We gave the word to the Pharisees to get ourselves off the hook.

2. We don’t measure Christian maturity by control of the tongue. (at least not according to the conversations we engage in regularly)

3. Pure and faultless? Can’t we just measure the quality of our religion by church attendance, and some other easy to master stuff?

Mr. McKnight, heading us into a discussion about rethinking how we read our Bibles suggests, “Every one of us adopts the Bible and (at the same time) adapts the Bible to our culture. Everyone picks and chooses.” Thoughts?

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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8 Responses to To Kill a Blue Parakeet

  1. Jim says:

    The longer one walks with the Lord, the more in touch we are with the imbalance of our faith. We know so much more than we live out! Control your mouth, take care of the helpless needy among you and keep yourself form being polluted by the world. That is not hard to understand. It is getting harder and harder to do the last one, isn’t it?

    • mtsweat says:

      No doubt that it is Jim. Your thought, “We know so much more than we live out!,” should be disturbing for us I think. We maybe ought revisit “To whom much is given…”

  2. Hi Mike, it is very True that if we have God’s Truth in our hearts, our thoughts will follow and than our actions.

    Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:

    I wrote a Poem about seeing the Bible as an Awesome Picture, I hope you don’t mind me sharing it (see below ) as you said Mike some see it as a jigsaw, just bits and pieces and no frame.

    The Awesome Picture

    The Scriptures Paint a Picture that is so Awesome in its Dimensions.

    So Breathtaking in its Creation that only…

    Holy Spirit Filled Eyes Can See.

    Revealed by the Living Word, Recorded by the written word…

    Breathed on with Love from Our Heavenly Father above.

    Penned by – Annie

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

    • mtsweat says:

      Hi Anne! That is a beautiful work you have authored good friend, and please, always share as the Lord has given to you. Thank you.

      • Thank you Mike for your kind words and encouragement, the poem seemed to fit with what you were saying, most of my Poems are a bit too long for a comment , don’t laugh Mike! not all my comments are Loooooooooooooooooooog anyway I did find a few other poems that were not too long so if they fit I will share them with you.

        I did post one last week, I received the original poem about 5 years ago by e-mail, it was about the U in Jesus. I was about to Post it when I saw US in Jesus and that reminded me that we are all in Jesus, we are His Body, so as I felt lead to write a new poem with the US in Jesus not just U.

        Thanks again Mike – Blessings Anne.

        • mtsweat says:

          I will check these out Anne. Thanks for sharing of them. Yes, your poetry is very fitting with the post, an excellent accompaniment. Thanks!

  3. ccragamuffin says:

    His choice of words may be troubling but Paul leads us in the same direction when he says that WE are epistles, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the Living God. The letter always kills, the Spirit gives life. As living letters we have a relationship with the Giver of Life…we are epistles of the heart. We transcend the letter of the law to the heart of the Giver Of The Law. Isn’t that why when we study, and teach, and meditate, that we ask ourselves “how do I APPLY this”? We are asking, “what is the heart of the matter?” I am studying Acts. I did not for a minute think that I should sell everything I own and bring it to my Pastor so that he could redistribute it. Instead, I pondered “how am I caring for others?” “How do I meet needs in the context of a faith fellowship?”

    • mtsweat says:

      Very well said. Seems maybe you’ve read behind Mr. McKnight some also? 🙂 I love his “put the Bible back together” and read it as it was meant to be read… as a complete story. Blessings today!

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