Thinking Out Loud

May 9, 2009

Our Hierarchy of Concerns

Filed under: ethics — Tags: , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 6:11 pm

This post is from Canadian Mike Todd’s blog, Waving or Drowning.

I think I’ve figure this out:

AIDS = The poor. Therefore, who cares?
Malaria = The poor. Therefore, who cares?
Swine Flu = Could be us. Better get on this one!

May 3, 2009

Swine Flew

Filed under: Christianity, Faith — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:59 pm


Listened today at 4:00 PM to a radio interview on CBC with Dr. Donald Low which sounded a bit of  a more optimistic note on the H1N1 or “Swine” flu.    Hopefully by this time next week, we’ll be a little more relaxed on the forecast for this particular health concern.

This carton by Jeff Larson reminded me of the various “broadsheets,” a kind of “instant tract” that was put out in the ’70s and ’80s by Jews for Jesus.   They would make an immediate connection with something taking place in the world of news, politics, sports or entertainment and publish an 8.5 x 11 sheet — I think they’re called an A4 in the UK — folded in thirds with some kind of scriptural application on the back panel.   Within minutes of getting them back from the printer, JFJ missionaries would be on the streets of New York and other major cities handing them out.

This is similar to the passage in Acts where Paul latches on to the statue he passed on the way into the city which is dedicated “to an unknown God;” and builds his whole sermon around that.   If he were doing standup, he’d start with, “A funny thing happened on the way into town today; I passed a statue that said, ‘To an unknown God.'”    It’s about being current and relating to your audience.

Now it’s time for me to be current:

If you got here from a WordPress or Google tag for “swine flu,” you’re not here by accident.   Events like this in the news can be scary, but they’re just a reminder that this life — and this world, for that matter — is merely temporary.   Instead of panic searching online for the latest updates, why not put your hope and trust in something — some One, actually — more secure;  Jesus Christ.  Then,  the next time someone says “the sky is falling;” you can be assured of where you’re going beyond this life, even if the sky really is falling.

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