Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Building Spiritual Homes

These homes caught my eye on our way to the Sea View Farmer's Market. All very unique, interesting, you could say creative.

Now, the but... you were waiting for.
Are they at all practical for the region, for the weather - to maximize trade wind cooling, rain water collection (necessary here), to keep water away from the house, to enjoy outdoor living (decks) or to make the most of the ocean views available? Not at all.

Here's another one. It's been on the market for awhile, so likely the owner came to the same conclusion.

It's so cool. I love it. Also, this concrete, steel and glass house will most likely withstand storms and rust damage. However, aside from that, it has the same drawbacks as the homes above.

A nice parallel with our spiritual/lifestyle choices. A concept, philosophy, idea may sound good, new, reasonable even logical, and we accept it without any reference to the standard God has given us. His Word, the ultimate human life manual for achieving maximum benefit. This reminds me of the parable Jesus told. Are we building on a rock rather than on a nice sandy beach?? Hey, but that beach looks sooooo awesome.

Paul addressed this issue in 2 Timothy 4:2-4
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Actually, there are only two ways to live. So, what is this new gospel called? Emergency...emergent....resurgent...emerging church, what???

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