Drop Test Your Faith

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 If you follow technology at all you have probably heard of or come across cnet.com, a site that not only explores the latest technological gadgets we can purchase but offer reviews for just about every tech item you can think of. They recently drop tested the new Galaxy 9 to see how well it would hold up.

For boys, this comes quite naturally. We were, (most of us still are) always trying to see what would happen if we burn something, smash something, or shoot something with an arrow or a .45. We blow things up quite naturally just to see what would happen. How many of you reading this remember smashing your toy cars with a hammer? How about getting a new pocket knife and seeing what it could do on your plastic toy soldiers, G.I. Joes, or your sister’s barbies? It’s a boy thing, sorry ladies.

I remember buying balsa wood airplanes and carefully taping firecrackers on the wings then giving them some test flights to make sure it would get airborne. After I was satisfied with the test flights I then lit the firecrackers and launched it into the air. Of course, all your buddies are over to watch the airshow; destruction was always a draw to the neighboorhood boys.

I realized over time that we were much more encouraging of our friends to blow up their toys than our own, but it was worth it if you had several neighborhood supporters over to watch the spectacle. The only thing better than watching your friends blow up their toys was if somehow your buddy was injured in the mayhem. Hooray when that would happen! You had a story to tell in school the next day! More than likely your buddy would have a large bandage or a sling of honor to show off.

Totally worth it as long as the moms would not get involved. Whenever they got wind of our schemes the atmosphere would totally change. If it was someone’s dad who found out, that usually resulted in improved preparation and refined wreckage.

When I was done recalling some of the debris and destruction of my youth, I began to think about Christians drop testing their faith. How many of us wrestle with tough questions?

So many of us surround ourselves with like-minded believers, this is only natural. Sure we may be friendly with our co-workers, but do most Christians have conversations about God with non-believers? Even more important, do you have conversations with your children about your faith? Grandchildren? How would you define faith with your child? Is it blind? Does it require a leap?

Do we train our youth so they will be ready for what they will hear in high school and college? Will the first time they hear views counter to Christianity be at home, in church, at their youth group, or in class sitting in front of an atheist professor? What would they say when surrounded by peers who tell them women have the right to do what they want with their own body and abortion should remain legal? How about science has disproven God’s existence and evolution shows we don’t need a creator? Or miracles don’t really take place, they are all 2nd hand stories that promote preachers and fill the pockets of pastors. I can promise you this, they will hear those and a host more.

Thucydides was a Greek historian and general. He wrote about the Peloponnesian War, “…But of the acts themselves done in the war, I thought not fit to write all that I heard from all authors nor such as I myself did but think to be true, but only those whereat I was myself present and those of which with all diligence I had made particular inquiry.”1

Now compare what Thucydides wrote to what Luke wrote in his introduction to Acts. “Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” Luke 1:1-4

See the similarity? Many dismiss the Gospel accounts of miracles as made up, 2nd hand, lacking eyewitnesses, and myth.

Let me encourage you on this last point. Miracles do place and we can say so with certainty.

As we go through life we often we find ourselves in need of a miracle. Sometimes the miracle we want is the healing of a child, a friend, or a spouse. Sometimes it is a miracle in a broken marriage relationship or a loved one who has walked away from their faith. Yet, no matter what we do, or how much we pray, nothing seems to happen, and none of what is going on makes any sense.

I know many of you can relate. I can. I am in need of a miracle in my life and despite what ‘seems’ to be God’s lack of interest in my situation and my families circumstance, I believe that God is intensely interested. Miracles do take place, and He can do a miracle in my life. But, and this is key, no matter what takes place, still choose to love Him and seek His good and perfect will for your life.

Do you need a miracle? Duane Miller needed a miracle in his life. In 1990 he was the pastor of a Texas church and caught a flu virus which ruined his vocal cords and the damage was beyond repair. Miller wrote, “Over the next three years I was seen by over 63 specialists and their teams (totaling over 200 doctors) as they tried to diagnose and treat me.”2 Over time he had to resign his position because he was unable to speak. Miller’s voice sounded like a serious case of laryngitis and despite his passion to teach God’s word, it was taken from him.

His family moved back to Houston and his wife became the primary income earner. He did what he could to support his family, but with a voice so weak his options were limited.

After a time he reluctantly agreed to teach a small group bible study for Houston’s First Baptist Church. He and others had reservations about his voice because it was hard to hear him, but one supporter was adamant for him to teach so he agreed and the miracle began. His voice was recorded and posted up on YouTube.

It is 4 minutes and 48 seconds long. Set aside your theology about healing for a moment and listen to his voice, whether you agree with what he is teaching or not. You are listening to a miracle.

Some of you may have heard of Eric Liddell and his story that became a household conversation in the movie, ‘Chariots of Fire’. What the movie did not share was he became a missionary in China and ended up dying in a Japanese internment camp. He died in that camp as he passionately sought God moving in his life. What many don’t know is 63 years later his family found out Liddell was part of a prisoner exchange deal between Great Britain and Japan, but Eric gave up his spot for a pregnant woman. Was that a miracle or was that God using someone to bring a miracle in someone’s life? Both I think.

Jonathan Morrow wrote concerning miracles, “When we talk about miracles, we need to remember that God can either work with created nature or go beyond its natural capacities to accomplish his purposes. It is our knowledge of science that allows us to know what something’s natural capacities are and what it would not normally be capable of.”3

When we read the final page and close a book, the story is over. But it is essential, (and have to remind myself of this over and over) that our current circumstances are not the final chapter in our lives. It may not turn out like you envisioned, but seek Him throughout it all, and you may find some prayers were answered that you had not even thought of.


1. Crane, Gregory R. Hobbes, Thomas, Ed. “Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War.” Perseus Digital Library. Perseus.tufts.edu. nd. 
2. Miller, Duane. “The Miracle Moment.” Millertheology, Millertheology.wordpress.com, 20 January 2013
Crossroads Church Media. “Duane Miller Video.” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 7 June, 2011, Web. 25 March, 2018.
3. Morrow, Jonathan. “Is The Bible Unscientific?” Questioning The Bible. 11 Major Challenges to the Bible’s Authority. Moody Publishers, 2014, pg 137.



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Sex in the Church

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Most of you have realized that sex sells. Not only in car ad’s, movies, underwear, and laundry detergent, but it also sells blog posts. With over 70 postings under my belt, my most popular one with nearly 300 views, (I know that is small time), is titled “Sex is Better with Drugs”.

I am convinced it was so popular because of the title. I don’t kid myself into thinking what I have to share, along with my artistic literary genius, is taking Tuolumne County, (population 54,000), by storm. In fact, I joked with my wife for a few weeks afterwords that I should put the word ‘sex’ in the title of all my blog posts. I was only half kidding, but the message it tells us about our culture, and our own inclinations, speaks volumes.

So when I read a Facebook post about a young mother concerned about the dress of some of the high school girls she saw the other day, I thought this would be a great opportunity to blog about behavior, consequences, and sex. Since part of this post will include my own Church, I thought to myself, “What a great title: Sex in the Church!” 🙂

A few years back, some of my 8th grade girls came to me complaining about another male teacher and how he would always look down their tops. I listened to their complaints, sympathized with their dilemma, and then bluntly asked them if they should be wearing tops that male teachers can look down. They were quiet for a moment, and I could tell by their faces that this was not something they considered. I am sure they expected Mr. G to be indignant, if not angry, and storm off giving ‘that teacher’ why and what for. After a moment I added not only male teachers, (who are often in a standing position over seated students), but the male classmates who might find themselves in a position to view what they have. Once again, they had not thought about that angle, (no pun intended).

After some brief discussion and clarification, the girls agreed, albeit grudgingly, but then countered that he should still not be looking down their tops. Finally, adding more weight to their prosecution, “He is married!” they exclaimed. I agreed, but explained to them how visual men and boys are, and that they should consider what they wear when around men and boys. By all means I told them, it does not excuse such behavior, but if you spill honey on the floor, you can expect some ants to show up if you don’t clean it up. I suggested they clean up their honey and the ants will disappear. I also added that if it continued, they should talk to the principal, but in the mean time, not to wear tops or dresses that expose them in such a way. Ultimately I explained, it was difficult enough to keep the boys focused; I did not need a bunch of pretty girls distracting them more than necessary. With that comment, smiles lit their faces, and out to the playground they skipped, chatting about boys and this new found perspective.

After 22 years of marriage, three daughters, and years of experience in rooms of Jr. High girls, I have learned a thing or two. They were treasures to me, and most of them knew that. Many did not have any kind of father figure around and were like sponges to any kind of ‘appropriate’ attention I would give them.

It was not the first time I had such a conversation with some of my female students, but it was usually about the boys. I would ask the girls if they wanted to be ‘a treasure or a target’ to get them thinking about their end of the equation. I have had that kind of conversation with my students many times over the years. They get it, but let’s face it, girls, young women, all women, want to be considered attractive, and enjoy men looking at them to some degree. It starts early. What they don’t get at an early age is what some boys and men start thinking about.

If more girls had a dad around that would tell them what boys and men think about, or just tell them that what they are wearing is inappropriate, then this ‘ant’ problem would go away. If spilled honey is not cleaned up, it can end up attracting other larger and dangerous creatures to which the girls would be oblivious to. In their minds, they are just dressing to attract some male attention with no thought to the thoughts and behavior of the males they attract.

J. Budziszewski wrote in his book Ask Me Anything, about a student who was struggling with sexual sin and how difficult it was to stop and that it was an ‘inside’ problem that was impossible to control. “The problem isn’t just inside,” Budziszewski explained. “Anything that makes it hard to stop is already too far. Obviously, then, he shouldn’t do anything with [her] that gets his motor running.”

The student then asked, “What if just holding hands with her gets his motor running?”

Budziszewski replied, “Then he shouldn’t hold hands with her. But do you really know anyone for whom just holding hands is overpowering? Second, he can stop doing all the ‘other’ things that get his motor running. Watching certain television programs, reading certain magazines, even hanging out in certain places.”

The student replied those things were just recreation. J Budziszewski added, “Then he needs to stop thinking of sexual arousal as a form of recreation, doesn’t he?” 1

Over the years, I have heard of some conversations about how some of the young women have dressed on a Sunday. This becomes more of an issue during the summer months when it is only natural to wear less. Some of the older men have expressed concern about “How much less is appropriate?” Thankfully, most of the women set an example for the young women to follow. But there is something more powerful when it comes from a man. Some girls/women might interpret the correction as old fashioned, out of date, traditional church legalism, or more likely petty jealousy on the part of the women who offered the opinion. But, if it comes from a man, their target audience, who stands to gain nothing, and even lose some visual eye candy if they were to dress with some added modesty, it can be a bull horn.

In 2 Corinthians 3, Paul talks about how our ministry is not written with ink on paper, but on our hearts. Randolph Richards and Brandon O’Brien wrote, “Rules and laws are established to guide people in the right path. But ultimately the goal is that people will internalized the code of conduct so that it becomes not a matter of external influence, but of internal guidance.” 2 When I read that, I underlined it in my book. We don’t need or want a pocket rule book on how to dress and behave, but rather we should discern how to behave by looking at the Godly examples around us, and looking for examples in scripture.

We have a church full of lovely women, some married, some single. I know I would hate to be a single woman having to dress for church on Sunday, and even every day life. Wanting to dress in such a way to give a hint of honey, but also avoid having to clean up some ants. I cannot imagine how difficult that would be knowing how boys and men think. Couple that with the styles of clothes sold today. Finding something attractive for summer nine times out of ten means something that shows more, and for the modest minded, showing more than they want to.

David Kinnaman, president of the Barna group wrote, “We humans are complicated and multilayered beings, and my strong impression from face-to-face interviews is that often sexuality intersects a person’s faith journey in subconscious, below-the-radar ways. The story of a generation and sex is complicated and layered too, filled with judgment, rules, old and new media, hypocritical religious leaders, values turned on their heads, a world saturated with sexual images and double lives…” 3

Girls look for a love story like those seen in a movie or read in books. They are written by scriptwriters and authors with the intent to sell. When young girls or women wear clothes that expose much and leave little to the imagination, they are also selling. Selling their bodies – they just don’t realize it yet. When a girl dresses to look sexy, guess what? The males around her will look at her and think about sex, not about what a great person she is and how they would love to read a good book with her. Men need to step up and do more than dishes and folding laundry. On occasion, men need to clean up some spilled honey and gently explain how it happened.


1. Budziszewski, J. Ask Me Anything 2. Colorado Springs: Navpress, 2004. Print

2. Richards, Randolph. O’Brien, Brandon J. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes. Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2012. Print

3. Kinnaman, David. You Lost Me. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2011. Print
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