Oy! 12-5-19 is Day One when The Purging Lutheran finally gets down to clearing out my desk of all the fiddle and faddle which has gathered over time in the drawers. It’s understood there is always a reason why a person saves a circle of beads, crosses, and Christian body decor. Oh, and earbuds. Apple refuses to diversify its bud shape. I thought I had a fairly normal ear canal but now I’m left with the sad realization my ears are abnormally developed. What was God thinking? He gives some people an extra finger and people rush to make six-fingered gloves for them. The Lord purposely designs basketball player Larry Bird to be 6’8” tall and the world rushes to make him a pair of pants which reach the ground. My Sweet Rib is 5’4” and she has rack and racks of pants she can choose from. He makes some dogs have two different colored eyes and people fawn over them and say, “My, what a unique and darling pup! I want one!”. I suppose He has a reason why He designed me this way but most likely I’ll need to wait until post-life to ask. I’m sure it’s something simple.
And then there is all this stuff left over. Beads? New Orleans? Rue Bourbon? Funny business? NO!
Crosses? They’re just stuff left over from a church camp or Sunday School or VBS. Tossing them out or giving them to Goodwill is not a sin. These are just things. They don’t matter when it comes to my or your salvation.
And the other stuff? They’re just stuff. Adios, amoeba.
“If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again. If he still won’t listen, tell the church. If he won’t listen to the church, you’ll have to start over from scratch, confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God’s forgiving love.