Wednesday, March 15, 2006

"Pride and Prejudice" is my favorite movie. It's clean (very rare these days), romantic, clever conversation and fun: all the ingredients of a most beloved chic flick. Guys like it, they just can never admit it! I even enjoy re-reading the book! and I rarely re-read books. BJ wouldn't need to turn his head or close his eyes and ears during any part of it. It's that good, I'm telling you!

One of the most obvious prejudices in the Bible was between the Jews and the Samaritans. They did not associate with each other. At one point, two of the disciples ask if they can call fire down from heaven to destroy the Samaritans (Luke 9:54). Prejudice at the heart threatens to destroy. Sometimes we don't even realize we're being prejudice. Jesus rebuked the disciples for such a comment and later assigned them to take the gospel to these supposed "enemies". Another look in Acts 8:15-17 shows us the change of heart Peter and John displayed. They prayed for them and laid hands on them. On returning to Jerusalem, they stopped and preached in many Samaritan villages along the way - a huge transformation from a lifetime of prejudice.

Isn't it wonderful that Jesus does not give up on us and throw his hands up in dismay when we are ignorant and stubborn, full of pride and prejudice? He patiently gives us a closer, more realistic look when we're paying attention. When we're walking close and listening, we can't stay the same! A question to consider today, from Beth Moore's "Beloved Disciple" study: Are we willing to let God change our minds and adjust our sight? We're only half healed until we do.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Rejoice in the new creation that is you today! And keep listening, He probably has additional adjustments to make!
Mom

10 Comments:

At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do believe there are many signs that lead us to a closer relationship with Christ -- if we listen and act upon the "sign" given. So often, we allow ourselves, at least I do, to justify why it wouldn't work "right now" or even ever! There is no justification to turning away from our calling, even if it is life-changing. Your family is the inspiration behind that teaching!! Thank you for inspiring us to be better Christians in His Glory!! Open our ears, our eyes and our hearts, Lord!

 
At 12:52 PM, Blogger Annarose said...

I don't actually know you, I just looked up Pride and Prejudice in the blog website and your page popped up. But I just wanted to say that this post has been a blessing to me, and I am very sorry for your loss. May God bless you all the days of your life!

 
At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As always, I have been blessed by my visit here today.

I wanted to let you all know that you may listen to a brief cut from MercyMe's upcoming album by going to the following link:
http://www.grassrootsmusic.com/artist/mercyme/mercyme10

The song inspired by BJ is the last one on the album. From what I can hear, it will be awesome!

Praising Him!

Shelly
Noblesville, IN

 
At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm having trouble getting the link to show up completely.

I'll try again.

http://www.grassrootsmusic.com/artist/mercyme/mercyme10

 
At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry! The last word should read: mercyme10

 
At 8:52 PM, Blogger Praying in Pink said...

I think that allowing God to take care of our pride and prejudice would take care of a number of relational problems. After all, He opposes the PROUD, but gives grace to the humble. That grace will free us from PREJUDICE and compel us to willingly extend His love to those around us.

I'm thankful my friends weren't too proud OR too prejudiced to share that love with me when I knew so little about Him. Lord, take me out of my comfort zones (which often include both of those Austen elements) to share Your love with others!

Praying for all God is doing in Indiana and Mexico and points in between and beyond. . .

in pink,

Marti

And Deanna--you've convinced me to not just read the book--but see the movie! I hope I don't have to wait until Tom leaves for a mission trip, though. . .

 
At 1:48 AM, Blogger Scott Harris said...

I have a prayer request for all my Indiana friends! Please share this with the Christy's too... I'm leaving Friday morning to head to Russia for a mission trip. We'll be working in the universities there helping "english clubs" that will eventually become churches.... There are only 7 Christian churches in the city (Khabarovsk) we are going of 600,000 people

 
At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my, everyone MUST see the movie! That is the most amazing story and the movie is incredible. It is out now so you can own your very own personal, watchable often, copy!!! ENJOY GIRLS!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is amazing, God is good, God is not a God of nonsence, but a God of peace. Allow HIM to fill every part of your being, to make you whole and new! He is GOOD!!

 
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