The Bible Changed My Mind on Alcohol

“You have one person who never drinks wine at the command of God (John the Baptist) and someone else who does (Jesus) and there’s no sin in that what-so-ever. And this describes some of the church doesn’t it? Some of you have a conviction, you won’t touch the stuff and good for you but don’t put that piety on someone else and though that’s piety for them…”

“Don’t make it a rule for everybody if it’s a rule for you.”

Ok, before I say anything I know this is one of those “I hope you’re being the kind of person you’re posting about” types of posts. I have dished out some piety in my day. This Paul (very much like “THE” Paul) is guilty of doing all the wrong things. 

The point of Pastor Mike’s video on YouTube titled “the Bible Changed My Mind about Alcohol” isn’t about piety and judgement but that’s the message that struck me most from it. Fortunately I don’t struggle with alcohol – I almost entirely avoid it. It’s been a long time since I’ve had any because…well…it’s not a problem for me to not have any. I don’t see it adding anything to my walk, my family, or my personal life so I just don’t partake. If we wanted to talk about addictive substances I do struggle with this would be a post of coffee and sugar and 90’s music. I’ve had my days of noticeable piety because I used to be a vegan. A Christian vegan. 😳 If that’s not a recipe for exponential piety I don’t know what is. I’m sure there are things I’m pious about now that don’t need to be put on other people and that’s my prayer – to discover what those things are. I’m going to work on strengthening my reasons and letting people know if they ask but not necessarily asserting them where they’re not welcome. 

Anyway – just trying to become less. God bless you friends. 🙌

Jason Mayfield!

“Anytime you simplify down to a derogatory phrase you strip it of all theology.” @thejasonmayfield

I totally get the irony here as I’ve summarized a hour-long YouTube video into a single quote but still – so true. 

This is the series that when it comes up in my YouTube feed I stop whatever I’m doing and listen. I’ve mentioned it before but it’s “Stop Quoting that Verse” over on @ruslankd ’s channel and it’s so good. I learn so much, I take so many notes, and it’s seriously entertaining.

One thing I’ve been trying to do lately is check the things I’m sharing. I find a lot of people will share an article without reading it, share a video without watching, or will quote a verse without having read the chapter. Or the book. Or any of the Bible really. As someone who shares a lot of stuff, I fall guilty to the same thing! Just yesterday I shared about Nimrod and it turns out, he is not a guy that we should consider a hero in any way. I fall guilty to the same trap where I’ll read a lot *about* the Bible but don’t open it quite as much. Not good. What is good is the feedback I’ve gotten and people being willing to talk to me about the things they are learning as well. 

I find this quote doesn’t just apply to biblical verses. There’s so much that I’ve been challenged with this last year. Politics and people are not just good vs. evil. There’s nuance and subtlety to each of us and situations are rarely what we think they are. 

Stop Quoting that Verse!

“It’s not what the scripture is saying, it’s out of context. We do this to justify our own opinion and to take the judgmental and selfish bias in our own mind and impose it on other people.” 

Roy Dockery

Wooooooooo boy. I found so much of this video to be insightful and it changes my mind and approach on the verse 1 Thessalonians 5:22. Ruslan hosted a video with a few other pastors called “Stop Quoting that Verse” and this is my new favorite series on YouTube! All four of them bring great insight and open the Word in a way that’s exploratory and convicting. 

This quote stuck out at my in particular because I’ve certainly been guilty of this. There was a time when I was a “raw food vegan” – you can already see the legalism and judgement because of the “raw food” designation – and I used the Bible as the explanation for why I ate that way. Not only was the diet awful, I feel like it turned me into an awful person. Being a person who looks down on other people for their eating choices is not a healthy place to be. Using the Bible to justify it is just an extra special portion of awful on top of that. If the scriptures are being used in a prideful way, if it’s being used not in humility but to put someone in a lower position that yourself, you might need to check your own heart and why it is you’re doing what you’re doing. 

Check out the post on my site to see the video – my friend, it’ll be a hour well spent. 🙌

Ruslan KD and Mannywellz

Up until today I didn’t know “narcigesis” was a real thing. Honestly I probably couldn’t have properly described “exegesis.”

I’ve found in running this account and drawing all these images that there are a lot of people with a lot of different experiences out there inside and outside of the Kingdom. In speaking plainly, I’ve found myself seeking more and more whether my opinions are actually rooted in God’s design or if they are a construction of my environment. This weekend I found @ruslankd channel and I really appreciated being able to listen to different people talk about issues from a personal level.

This video in particular featured @mannywellz speaking about what his life is like in America, what it’s like to be in the DACA program, and some of the problems people are facing in Nigeria like SARS. Honestly, I thought it was the SARS virus and I was 100% wrong. 

This quote from Ruslan stuck out to me though because it reminded me to look at this situation not as an American citizen but as a child of God – guided by scripture and not my preconceived notions and ideas. 

How Can I Know I Am Born Again

How can I know I am born again? 😳

Whenever I offer to sketchnote a sermon for a pastor I find that they never give me a boring sermon to sketchnote. They are usually the rough ones and this one from Dale Partridge at @relearnhq is no exception. I listened to this video on YouTube quite a few times over and while I’ve heard the story of Nicodemus from John 3 many many times I’ve never heard it from this perspective. He really brings to life the confusion that Nicodemus felt and the confusion we feel when we address this topic from a Biblical perspective and not a moralism perspective.

I’ve condensed down a pretty deep message here so I highly recommend checking out the sermon to get full clarity. 🙌

How to Handle Your Road Rage

There’s a lot in this video that has nothing to do with road rage and everything with what Dr. John defines as two truths:

  1. We are not the center of the universe.
  2. There is very little we actually control.

Wow. This is a source of empathy for me. We interact with people on a daily basis and so little of what we experience has anything to actually do with us. Being cut off in traffic, having someone cut in line, or experiencing rudeness in almost any situation has to do with someone elses state of mind and virtually nothing to do with who we are or what we are doing. It makes us feel small and it almost feels like it demands a reaction. But like Dr. John instructs here and like the Bible instructs us in numerous verses (most notably in James 1:19) we should be slow to anger. Be empathetic. Just let it go. We can be right or we can choose to just enjoy our life. Show God’s righteousness. Be known by your love.

It’s amazing how quickly a situation can change just by changing our minds.