I had a conversation recently with my wife and her brother, and somehow we got to talking about how there are certain “trademarks” that just make home, well, home. They’re from Durban, South Africa and whenever they would go on vacation they would see who could spot the ocean first. For me, every time I travel, I look forward to returning and seeing those heights of the Rocky Mountains, which were so aptly described as “purple mountains’ majesty!” We also discussed how certain flavors and foods will always bring that feel of home. In my travels to other countries, though I find foods that I enjoy, nothing ever comes close to my mom’s cooking because nothing reminds me more of the safety and comfort of my home than my mom’s cooking.
A pastor friend of mine, Shawn, is fond of saying, “You can either scream at the darkness, or you can light a candle.” More
and more I have seen the wisdom of that statement. Christians can see darkness a mile away, and get really loud about it. Yet, we are not so swell at being, well, you know, the whole “light of the world thing.” Christians are often appalled at the wickedness of the culture and the compromise within the Church. I did a little research before I wrote this, and you can find whole websites devoted to “unveiling” all the wolves in sheep’s clothing. Apparently, some guy who owns a website finds it to be his personal commission from God to lump Oswald Chambers, Charles Spurgeon, John Piper, CS Lewis, Joel Osteen and Oprah into one massive heretical lump.