Not my circus, not my monkeys

Sorry for the posting silence, folks.  I’ve been processing a lot of stuff internally – I always get a check when I want to really go off about something and I *shouldn’t*.  But I think perhaps some of what I’ve been processing might be held in common ’round about my readership… so let’s talk.

A big part of what’s been grieving me is the basic lack of understanding on the side of the World lately… that whole foo-foo-rah about the new law in Indiana has folks calling us serious Christians a lot of really nasty names, and I’m hurt and mad.  So, here’s what I’ve processed:

1)  Wow, I’m so spoiled.  People call my sibs-in-Christ and I some nasty names on social media and I get all hurt.  Seriously?  I have sibs-i-C that are DYING for His name, I should get so worked up about being misunderstood and some namecalling?  Spoiled, that’s what I am.  But I’ve written about this before – it hurts to spend your life as one of the white-hatted good guys and walk into town and suddenly you’re wearing a black hat.  I’m still spoiled.  I *can* read – and I *do* read.  My Bible doesn’t say a darn thing about living a life where everyone loves me and understands me and I get everything I’d like.  Rather the opposite.

2)  My reaction:  Well, it’s typical of my reaction to conflict most days.  You don’t want me around?  Fine.  I’ll go, see how you like *that*!  I’d dearly love to get all my peeps, grab our bats, our balls, our mitts and go elsewhere.  If you don’t want me around, if you don’t want representatives of my God around, then … fine.  You’ll miss us when we’re gone.

But … um… that’s not that great a reaction.  What am I here for, on this planet?  Am I here to have a comfy life where everyone loves me?  No… I don’t think so.  That comes in 50 or 60 years, and lasts for eternity.  What am I here for?  It’s to glorify His name, and make disciples for Him, right?  That probably means I need to ask for grace to deal with the now.  I’m mad and hurt – but that doesn’t mean I want those people who are posting all the hateful stuff on social media to go to Hell!  I want them to come to Heaven, to join the family… and have their hearts transformed by Jesus.

Anyway… when *God* is ready, He’ll pull us out, and we’ll really be out – and the world will very rapidly go to Hell in a handbasket.  (See: Tribulation).   As much as I want to go Home, as much as I want His kingdom to come… I don’t want it to come at the cost of one soul lost which could have been gained if I stayed here.  My job is *not* to grab at happiness for myself, my job is to do whatever He sets me at and trust Him.

3)  This whole thing soooo piles into the team-building thing I’ve been seeing over the last few years.  It’s us vs. them – and if you’re one of them, you’re barely even human.  This grieves me *so much*.  How can we have a conversation when we’re bound and determined to make the other person our enemy?  How can we show others the reality of Jesus Christ and His work in our lives when all they see is us waving pitchforks at them?  There are a million teams right now, and it’s so vicious out there.  It’s got to stop.  We’re all humans, and *humans cannot be our enemies*.

So, what then?  Everyone has their job, everyone has their calling from God and the very last thing I want to do is sow dissension in the ranks.   That understood – my job is the same as it has always been.  It’s not to try to fix the insanity that has gripped the Western world.  My job is to be kind to the people I come in contact with.  My job is to do the loving thing.  My job is to make  peace where I can. My job is to give a word of comfort.   And my job is *not* to run and hide and only hang out with other committed Christians.  Oh how much easier that would be!  But then how will I be salt and light in a dark world?

I have work.  I have plenty of work.  Worry isn’t part of it.

So – I’m trying to learn to say, “Not my circus, not my monkeys” to a lot of things that have come through my life – personal and public.  If I can be a blessing or a light, then I will.  And if it’s not my job, then I don’t want to dim my light or harm my witness by fretting.

My God is all-powerful.  All-good.  All-faithful.  All-just.  All-loving.  All-knowing.

I can rest in Him and get on with life.

Now… for a little application.  🙂

13 thoughts on “Not my circus, not my monkeys

  1. Anonymous Reader

    Well, not so off topic. I do not know how to get this link to Elspech, perhaps you can do so.

    TL;DR the National Black Church Initiative has decided to sever connections with the aptly named PC-USA (one of the Presbyterian mainlines currently losing membership daily) because of decisions made in the last year or so by the governing body of that denomination.

    So there are limits to how far the concept of “unity at all costs” can be pushed.

    1. hearthie Post author

      I’ll tell her to check this comment thread. 🙂

      FWIW I have *no* interest in unity at all costs. Sacrificially being kind when people call you names? Totally different. The Church? That’s where we stay true to the Word. I don’t expect non-believers to do so, believers? Yeah, I’d be out of there so fast there’d be marks on the carpet.

  2. Elspeth

    I’ll check out the link AR. Finding me at either of Hearth’s blogs is usually a good bet. She’s a friendly, and we keep in touch.

  3. Elspeth

    As to unity at *all* costs, that in my estimation is a straw man argument often held up to ridicule the people who take seriously the call to Christ-like conduct. I don’t consider myself a paragon of virtuous conduct on that score, but Hearth shines there.

    One can be a serious and stalwart supporter of the truth without baring your claws in the face of dissent.

  4. Anonymous Reader

    A friend of mine has left two churches in the last 10 years. In each case it was over what he considered to be major breaks with the Bible – one involved allowing women to preach, the other was over “gay marriage”. In each case when he objected to the proposed action, and produced what he considered to be very sound Bible quotes opposed to the action, he was essentiallly smeared as being unChristian, as he was damaging the unity of the church.

    In his opinion, he was given a choice: true Christianity or unity at any cost. I have not talked yet with him about the article I linked to, but I believe he would stand with the Black Churches, not the PC-USA. Because, in his words, “There’s more important things than unity”.

    I hope this explains my previous comment. If not, ask and I’ll explain more.

    1. Elspeth

      Well the “black church” as it were, has always been pretty solid on the gay “marriage” issue. What it needs to do is address the rampant fornication, OOW birth rate, and broken family problem. These are the sins they refuse to address (including even my own church) and I suspect it’s because to do so would be to step on the toes of dang near 80% of the people in the pews.

      And on that note, I’ll stop ’cause I can get kind of ranty on the subject.

  5. Lisa Laree

    Indiana is my home state, although I haven’t lived there in more than 30 years, I still consider myself a corn-fed Hoosier farm girl. And I am feeling all those things being thrown around almost as physical assaults…which is ridiculous, actually…but some are facebook postings by people who have been my friends since childhood. It makes me very sad to see people choose political correctness over Biblical truth. And I wonder what makes them so confident in their defiance…do they hold God in such light esteem? Really?

    1. hearthie Post author

      I feel … not quite that strongly, but yes. It’s so hurtful. I feel so very spoiled. I mean, really – no one is saying anything to ME. -sadface- We’re going to have to get used to these black hats and rest in Jesus and not in the way the rest of the world thinks of us.

      1. Lisa Laree

        I think it’s the fact that it’s my friends who are reacting so strongly that makes it hurtful; people I know and love. As if…they really don’t know who they are talking about…or don’t care…

        But you’re right, of course. Jesus said that in the end His followers would be hated by ALL nations…

  6. Elspeth

    About this Indiana law that is causing so much dissension and anti-Christian invective:

    I bothered to actually read it, and have been presently surprised to find that the only politician to actually address the substantive and volatile question is FL Senator Marco Rubio, whom I was getting a little peeved with. And he boldly stated that a person or business should not be compelled to provide a professional service that violates the tenets of their faith. Not even Mike Pence had the stones to put that on the record.

    Going further: If the outrage over all of this is about the freedom of people to live according to their own convictions (whether that be as a gay person, etc), then why the furor? Why would I as a black person, want to have the law force a KKK member to serve me in his place of business? I’d willingly and gladly avoid his establishment.

    It would seem to me that an LGBT person would be more than happy to NOT pour money into the coffers of someone who believes their life is an abomination and that sans a repentance they are hell bound. Were it me, my position would be, “No thank you, I’ll find a gay friendly baker to do my wedding cake, thankyouverymuch. And thank you very much for telling me your stance rather than simply allowing me to spend my hard earned money here.”

    Which leads me to believe, that we very spoiled Christ followers need to get a thicker skin, because the outrage isn’t about the possibility of us discriminating. This is the fledgling stages on “The world hates me and it will hate you.”

    1. hearthie Post author

      Exactly. What’s our go-forward plan? The Church has been 20-30 years behind the times. I am *not* proposing we follow the Episcopalians into apostasy. But I am proposing that we, as serious Christians, get with the program and figure out how to deal with this new reality. Welcome to the jungle, folks….

      Fortunately there’s a lot of scripture in reference to how to deal, but I think it’s going to be a bitter pill to swallow, for American Christians especially. Me VERY MUCH included. I don’t write about stuff that I don’t think about, that doesn’t affect me. And I don’t for one minute feel holier-than-thou. I want to get this conversation started, I want to have Christians encouraging Christians in Christ-like behavior and the Hope that we all share.


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