It isn’t about numbers

How sad it is when Christians begin to compete with each other. Perhaps we want to have the largest congregation or to baptize the most people. Sometimes Christians will belittle the good work another is doing or even spread gossip and lies about them, all to try to make themselves look better or more important. But this is not what being a Christian is about nor is it what Jesus died for.

There was the potential for this to happen between Jesus’ disciples and John’s disciples when Jesus first began teaching. Both Jesus and John were in the same area and people were going to both to be immersed. John’s followers were concerned about this. After all, John was there first. Surely John should be concerned. Continue reading “It isn’t about numbers”

Kites, fights, and the kingdom

“But Jesus called them to himself and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all” (Mark 10:42-44 NKJV).

The sport of kite-fighting may be, so far as I am aware, unique to South Asia and near-by regions. In other countries flying kites is a leisurely activity of spring where participants and spectators enjoy mild weather and the beauty of colorful kites playing in the breeze. No so in South Asia. There youths will gather and compete in attempts to cut the strings of competitors’ kites by flying their own into them. The last kite flying belongs to the winner. It can be a fierce and even ruthless contest. Continue reading “Kites, fights, and the kingdom”