Sophisticated and astute

Want to crush someone’s handling of a delicate question? Label the response as being unsophisticated. Wish to elevate a person? Praise his or her navigation through a mine field as being socially astute.

Just how much value do we assign to pleasing everyone? Christians are exhorted to speak the truth in love. But what should a Christian do when real social, economic or other practical consequences might result from failing to bend the truth?

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It’s complicated

One of the most used phrases on the Internet to describe a relationship is “It’s complicated.” Many people live complicated lives, made so because they have avoided God’s wisdom and sought to direct their own lives.

That’s why I like the Common English Bible rendering of Ecclesiastes 7:2, “See, this alone I found: God made human beings straightforward, but they search for many complications.”

And don’t we have a knack for getting ourselves into complicated situations?! Continue reading “It’s complicated”