THE BIBLE

ImageWhile recovering from a very, very bad cold I’m sticking my head in and out of the History Channel’s epic series “The Bible”. Much props and thanks to producers Mark Burnett (The Apprentice & Survivor) and his wife Roma Downey (Touch by an Angel) for bringing to a new generation ‘The Word’ in a modern technology presentation. I watch a recent interview with them and how they felt the older movies like the Ten Commandments, The Robe, Ben Hur and others didn’t do it for this generation. I also really appreciate the diversity of appearances / actors they casted to portray heroes and sheroes in the Bible. My only concern is how sometimes we may risk authenticity for creative license.
Point and case…. When it was time for me spiritually to stop eating baby food and start eating meat. One teaching turned revelation I’ll never forget is the probable truth about Samson. When you read about him (Judges 13) and what happened it never tells or describes him being muscular. A matter of fact the biggest consistent issue in the story is that everyone wanted to know where he got his strength from? The quest was to find out and know the secret to his strength. If he had visible muscles the way he’s always portrayed in films and drawn paintings why would we have to ask “Where does his strength come from?” it would be obvious!
The fact that his body was probably so average and normal is what makes the story of Samson so historic, astounding, miraculous, incredible and powerful! The truth is that God does things through the unexpected, unbelievable and ridiculous. I’ve learned since that revelation in addition to many others to go to the source first and then filter anything else after accordingly.

ONE LONG UNCOMFORTABLE HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG TO GOD?

ImageDecember 24, 2012

This morning during my daily walk, talk & meditation with God I felt move to ask him “How was your birthday celebration this year”? (I speak to him in the pass tense in regard to days because he’s already been here and is up ahead). The Spirit answered by bringing to mind Eddie Murphy‘s “One Night Only” celebration. Eddie said something in his closing remarks and thank you’s that was very profound to me and for some reason I couldn’t forget it and now I think why was for this divine response from the Lord.

Eddie said “This whole night made me feel like you do when a bunch of people are singing Happy Birthday to you and it’s so long that you start feeling a little embarrassed and uncomfortable. That’s how I felt for over 2 hours.”

At first I personally thought that was a little rough, but nevertheless it was deep. Because what can make it uncomfortable especially in this business is knowing that not everyone singing the song is as sincere or loving as they appear. Knowing that some of the things said and done in the name of congratulations has an agenda and selfish motives. God was telling me that’s how he feels at times in these Holiday seasons. Using his name and purpose for things and actions that have nothing to do with his birth in Jesus the Christ.

Now I’m like wow… especially knowing that I’ve been one of those for most of my life that have sung Happy Birthday remixed and packaged in Christmas carols and didn’t realize it like I really do now. I thank God that He’s not a God of second chances. He’s a God of MANY chances gift wrapped in Grace & Mercy. Merry Christmas everyone and please remember the reason for the season.

-C. Martin