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Refuge – Anywhere

Psalm 23 is the famous passage where GOD leads us beside “quiet” or “still” waters. It’s the type of refuge we all desire.

The soothing sounds of a brook as it meanders over rocks and between crevasses. Maybe it’s the ocean breeze that makes the palm trees sing their coastal tune or the stillness of a mountain range. In any case, our response renders a deep sigh, smile or the fleeting “feeling” of total relaxation. In our finite eyes, and minds, the desired refuge is another place. Another time.

As stated in verse 2, GOD “makes me lie down in green pastures.” It doesn’t say our refuge will be found in greener pastures. That’s what we often think, though. My situation will be better if, if, if … I can get over there. Why? Because “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” That’s where calm resides and the new beginning begins. If I can just get there, it will be…

But the “Great I AM”, HE is a different cat and even tells us such in Isaiah 55:8 (NLT) – “For MY thoughts are nothing like your thoughts. And MY ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”

Who in their right mind would ever consider the cruel cross as a place to take refuge? As GOD’s love knows no bounds, neither do the places HE offers refuge. HE makes right out of wrong, good out of bad and beauty out of ashes.

Ask the thief that hung on the cross beside JESUS. On that day, he found “goodness and love” (v. 6), “right paths” (v. 5), and “comfort” (v. 4). He found…refuge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil doesn’t “Duck” his beliefs

Let me start by saying when sin entered the world, it royally screwed up everything.  Man’s willful choice against what GOD had ordained led to unnatural things that were not present at kickoff in the Garden of Eden.  That includes homosexuality (and any other sin you can think of).  GOD created one couple (man and wife), not three.

In an upcoming GQ article, Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson, a devout Christian, voiced his opinion on homosexuality.  Today, society wants to move the goal posts where it fits them best – on any issue.  That definitely includes homosexuality, same sex marriage, etc…

As a Christian, and that is a dirty word to the world, Robertson kicked his answer through the uprights where they were originally positioned.   Sin of any kind, homosexuality to the “little white lie”, is outside the boundaries GOD has drawn.  Phil lived outside those boundaries (“all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD“) for many years and said as such in the interview:  “I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior.”  Now, he isn’t ashamed to live inside those same boundaries.

Let’s take the sports analogy a little further.  If there were not out of bounds lines on the football field, more plays would be run east to west than north and south where, the end zone, the ultimate destination, is.  Running side to side is an aimless journey that leaves one frustrated, worn out and without focus.

In the rules context, if boundaries did not exist no penalties would be called and utter chaos would ensue.  Unnecessary injuries would take place – we injure ourselves unnecessarily all the time when choosing to live by our rules.  GOD’s word, HIS boundaries give life; it doesn’t take it away.

So instead of coming out and simply disagreeing with his view, Robertson’s detractors are now trying to destroy him and his livelihood (last year similar groups tried to pluck Chick-fil-A over the same subject).  They cannot agree to disagree.  They cannot discuss.  They continue to move the goalposts. In this ridiculous PC world we live in, they will take their ball (and yours) and go home with it unless assimilation is gained.

If A&E drops the show, so be it. In that decision to abandon Robertson, they have shown their true colors. This “season” of Robertson’s life might end, and, if so, GOD will open another door for that family to make an impact for HIM.  Robertson says his “mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches…However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity.”

GOD calls us to show HIS love to the world, but that doesn’t mean we have to agree with what the world does.

In the end, Robertson decided not to put his business, or anything else, over the foundation his life is built upon. His is JESUS – and the world just has a difficult time with that.

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