On not judging

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. —Luke 6:37, NIV

Notes from a sermon by Alistair Begg on this verse:

Jesus wasn’t:

  1. Prohibiting the exercise of justice in a court of law. The Bible upholds the rule of law, and apooints the state to adminster justice (see Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17)
  2. Calling for us to suspend our critical faculties in relation to others [critical in the sense of exercising or involving careful judgment or judicious evaluation, definition 2c]. We need to be able to discriminate between truth and error, wrong and right, good and bad. Luke 6:43, for example requires us to discern between a good tree and a bad one.

So what was Jesus doing? He was condemning censoriousness, i.e a spirit of self-righteous, self-exalting, critical, harsh, judgmentalism; an approach that seeks to avoid self-examination  by highlighting and condemning the faults of others. It actively seeks out the faults of others and is delighted on finding them [faults].

On not going to church

Here’s an excerpt from a sermon preached in July 1927 by Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and quoted in a sermon by Pastor Mark Dever:

“People complain about the dwindling congregations and how the churches are going down. Why are people ceasing to attend places of worship? Why is it that last Sunday night I noticed that while the places of worship in Cardiff were only sparsely attended, the trains coming from seaside places were packed out? Why did these people spend their day at the seaside and other in places, rather than in the house of God, worshipping?

“Well, the answer is perfectly plain: they obviously prefer to be at the seaside, and feel that they get more benefit there than in their chapels or churches.  Now, it’s no use our arguing with people like that, it’s no use our telling them that they really do not get greater benefit there, because they honestly believe they do.

“What I feel like saying to these people is this: If you honestly believe—and remember it is your responsibility—that you derive greater benefit by spending your day in the country than you do by attending a place of worship, well then, go to the country! Don’t come here if you honestly feel that you could do better elsewhere. Unless you feel that something is being offered  and given to you here which no other institution can offer or equal, well then, in the name of heaven go out into the country—or to the seaside!

“The church of Christ is a church of believers, an association of people banded together by a common belief and a common love. If you don’t believe, well above all do not pretend that you do—go to the country and the seaside! All I ask of you is be consistent. When someone dies in your family, do not come to ask the church in which you do not believe to come to bury him; go to the seaside for consolation!”

So I think I can Photoshop

The latest time-filler in my idleness is Adobe Photoshop. I rediscovered some great tutorial sites, and put my new-found skills to use. Here’s a quickie result I had lots of fun working on:

A website poster
A website poster

Hmmm… maybe the dark background was a bit too much…

How long, O Lord?

Yesterday marked 4 months since I graduated. Four months that I’ve basically been a loafer. A happy loafer for the first two months, then a restless one. Recently , I’ve had a lot of repenting to do.  Take last Thursday, for example: I attended my very first job fair.There were a number of medium-sized and large multinational companies present, but the pickings for an architecture grad like myself were slim. I kept wishing that I could time-travel so that I could tell my 17-year-old self to study engineering, or even economics. Walking home, I repeated to myself something I used to tell others: God is good. God is in control.

I’m well aware that once I do get a job, I’ll look back on this phase with nostalgia—just like the Israelites remembered Egypt with such fondness. With this free time, I’ve been able to polish some skills and gain new ones—all by sitting in front of my computer. Still, I look forward to the day that I’ll spend more time interacting with real, live human beings…

The Random Album Game

So… I’ve been neglecting this blog. Another blog, created for a book discussion with friends from church has been getting all my love. I’ve also been doing some other stuff, which I may post here once it’s suitable for public viewing.

I have also been spending a lot of time on blogs, and came across this idea of playing the Random Album Game and thought it was worth a try. (Take a look at the rules.)

  • My band’s name is Bert Freeman, who was “…an English footballer who was one of the most prolific goal-scorers of his time.”
  • My band’s first album’s title  is the ungrammatical And Good Health Have Vanished. The full quote, by one Og Mandino is: “Treasure the love you have received above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.”
  • On the first try for album cover, I got the Roanoke Marshes lighthouse, which isn’t downloadable. So I clicked reload. On the fourth try, I got Chocolate Hill(s).

So, here’s introducing the fabulous Bert Freeman and their debut album And Good Health Have Vanished:

My album cover