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thoughts before I go to sleep

A few thoughts I wanted to get down before I fall asleep:

Can people who do not believe in the teachings of Jesus carry out his teachings?  In particular, his truths about the oppressed, the chained and the broken?

The reason I ask is that pretty frequently, I have seen an individual who does not know God make a move that looks very much like a move of the Kingdom.  I’ll give an example.  A global organization begins to give aid to an impoverished African country.  This global organization has no ties to Jesus or any other sets of spirituality for that matter.  They develop a relationship with this country and continue to provide aid over a significant amount of time.  Or what about someone like Angelina Jolie?  I know most people are tired of the media painting Jolie as a saint or the next Mother Teresa, but she has some credibility in my mind.  I don’t know what or who she believes in, but she does use her status to place a spotlight on refugees in Africa, Pakistan, Thailand and others.  That’s pretty cool, right?  What about a more local example?  Something simple, like a guy picking up a hungry, poverty-struck man to take him out for a hot meal?  What if that guy helps to enable the poorer man to get a job?  That’s Christ-like.

All of the above are examples of fighting for the oppressed, feeding the hungry and trying to eliminate poverty.  They are acts of love and kindness; they bring about hope and peace.

I’m not arguing that non-believers are working to bring salvation to people. But I am believing that they, whether they know it (or like it) or not, are being an active part in making all things new.  Yes, there has to be the love of the Lord involved.  Yes, salvation needs to come.  But shouldn’t we be glad that the those who don’t even know Jesus or the teachings of Jesus are actually following through on his call to humanity?

I think we (body of believers in Jesus) should be willing to partner with those who are Isaiah 61-ing it regardless of their awareness.  I want to be quick to point out the good stuff that’s going on around me, whether a church is doing it or not.  We ought to be for justice, peace, love and hope at all times.

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Austin City Limits

I had a good time this weekend at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.  It’s a three day festival that lasted from Oct. 2-4.  Austin Tolin hosted us.  Despite being in Texas, I really enjoy the city of Austin.  The first day of the festival was awesome – perfect, cool weather.  It rained all day Saturday which made for a cool dynamic to the festival.  The third day was mud though.  Everywhere I went Sunday, mud was up to my ankles.  It was pretty gross; everyone was covered in mud.  By Sunday, I was certainly ready to come home though.

Some of the highlights of the festival were Phoenix, Kings of Leon, Ghostland Observatory, The Dead WeatherPassion Pit, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear and Mute Math.

Grizzly Bear, courtesy of stereogum.com

Grizzly Bear, courtesy of stereogum.com

Phoenix, courtesy of pastemagazine.com

Phoenix, courtesy of pastemagazine.com

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