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January, 2015


Mud Slinging ~ JC Calkins

Posted: January 27th, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower | Comments

I’ve spent far too much of my life in courtrooms, not defending myself, but others against false accusations. In any trial, there is almost always somebody lying, either about themselves or about someone else. Famous people and organizations are often considered justifiable targets for unsubstantiated accusations, many of which are tossed about, totally without facts, proof or merit, simply because those targets have more money, power or success than most, so the envy factor remains at work. This justification is presumed, simply because those people or entities have chosen a public life. Even news agencies can and too often do unjustifiably sling mud without recourse, by passing on rumors or through speculation. Common sense should tell us that this is wrong, but lacking any of that, we can still turn to God who’s divine sense is always logical and anything but common. “Stay clear of false accusations. Don’t contribute to the death of innocent and good people. I don’t let the wicked off the hook.” (Exodus 23:7 MSG) says our Lord. The wicked here are the slanderers. We leap, rather than stumble over this instruction, because we believe that our conclusions have profound merit, after all, we didn’t just fall off the turnip truck, we depended on someone else’s understanding, presentation or presumption to arrive at our own?? To do this, we’ve, more often than not, assumed facts not in evidence. Not all lies are intentional, most just involve biased interpretations of limited facts and/ or unproven suppositions alone, but the net affect is still destructive. Reputations and lives are destroyed by false accusations every day while the guilty (wicked) go on about their lives untouched by their carelessly thrown stones. God tells us not to judge people but He does allow our courts to judge our actions. In civilized societies, accusations are routinely dismissed without the kind of proof which goes beyond reasonable doubt. Not here, not anymore. We seem to know better?

Social media has allowed us to amp up this type of callous sin. Irresponsibility in news agencies has taken self issued license to report (often slanted and biased) on purported gossip rather than facts, offering expert opinions which lack expertise. We have become the judges, jury and executioners in a world of envy, lies and innuendo. For whatever kind of logical blindness we routinely enjoy, we can’t see ourselves being similarly blamed or accused of something we didn’t or never would do. That harness is just for the very big or the very little people. That’s very short-sighted. Our God is very long-sighted. Our nation’s legal system was constructed on one very simple and unambiguous premise. Our citizens are innocent until proven guilty. Innocent people don’t deserve to be slandered for any reason, like money, poverty, fame, reputation, success, failure, gender, religion, race or associations. We need to stop judging. “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.” (Matthew 7:1-5 MSG). Knowing what we don’t know remains the highest and yet most humble form of wisdom. Knowing the One we may not know, who knows all of what we don’t know, knows no limitations. I often wonder what shuts down the social media or better yet Who, raining light upon the darkness of our choices?


Wardrobe of Life ~ JC Calkins

Posted: January 20th, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower, Hope, Inspirational | Comments

Obligations can very easily overwhelm us if we’re not careful about how we consider and deal with them. I don’t believe that there will ever be a shortage of people who have needs and in many cases those needs will be even greater than ours. In God’s eyes, we have a primary choice and many secondary obligations. The primary choice begins with love, toward our heavenly Father and Creator, as well as our neighbors on this planet. The need and… read more

To Do or Not To Do ~ JC Calkins

Posted: January 3rd, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower, Inspirational, Love, Understanding | Comments

Every day we make choices, even when we are attempting to avoid those very same choices about giving something of ourselves or not. Regarding us helping: “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’” & if it’s not helping: “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the… read more

All of Us ~ JC Calkins

Posted: January 1st, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower, Hope, Inspirational, Love | Comments

This is no new year parable, just a tight little metaphor on life. We are each unique vessels, moving independently across a vast array of oceans and channels. Some of us travel in flotillas, fleets or even armadas for added safety, while others sail alone through all that is blown across our bows and onto our navigational charts. We spend far too much  time watching, thinking about, following, avoiding, discussing and trying to right the obvious ballast and balance deficiencies… read more