I had a conversation recently with my wife and her brother, and somehow we got to talking about how there are certain â€œtrademarksâ€ that just make home, well, home. Theyâ€™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 â€œpurple mountainsâ€™ majesty!â€ 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 momâ€™s cooking because nothing reminds me more of the safety and comfort of my home than my momâ€™s cooking.
A pastor friend of mine, Shawn, is fond of saying, â€œYou can either scream at the darkness, or you can light a candle.â€ 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 â€œlight of the world thing.â€ 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 â€œunveilingâ€ all the wolves in sheepâ€™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.