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אצבע אלהים

Monday, April 18th, 2011

So after a month long hiatus, I’m back blogging. No, I haven’t got a new host. Boo. Hosting cost money, and money is a rare commodity these days. But I do need a public outlet for sanity sake. Even if that outlet is unable to perform updates and might fail.

These are the latest developments:

We’ve bought an xbox 360 and Kinect. Cost us $200 from ebay. Came with 11 games, most of which I sold off or traded for other games. Right now, we’re grinding away at an awesome JRPG Eternal Sonata. I’ve also got a ton of other Kinect games and other RPGs (including the highly acclaimed Tales of Vesperia). That will probably keep us entertained for quite a while, and hopefully keep us fit through winter.

I’ve built me a hackintosh. A Dell Mini 9 (Aspire 910) hacked to install Mac OSX Snow Leopard. I’ve updated to the latest version 10.6.7 and installed a whole bunch of apps. Runs like a portable Mac Mini. Everything works perfectly, except that the battery drains really quickly. I’m just waiting for my 9 cell battery from ebay to arrive and that’ll fix it. All for under $400. Its a beauty.

You is Jedi?

Jesus was labelled “a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” (Luke 7:34) because he ate with them (Mark 2:15-16, Matthew 9:10, Luke 5:29-30). In fact, he said outright that “the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.” (Matthew 21:31) If Jesus were here today, I suspect that he would be spending most of his time with the people we spend our time shunning away from. The sexually deviant, murderers, swindlers and terrorists.

What a different picture from what we see today.

I think we’ve all had enough of Christian bible bashing,  handing out religious death stares and enforcing principle do-dos in church. I know I’ve handed out my fair share of that nonsense. What is amazing is that Christians (such as myself) discriminate against the people we try to save. I have not known of any amount or form of discrimination to save anyone. Yet, that is probably our strongest “spiritual gift” – the supernatural ability to shun, judge and shame someone living in sin.

In the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14), Jesus spoke to those who were “confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else”. The truth behind our perception of others lies in our perception of righteousness. Righteousness (the source and the means of obtaining) comes not from ourselves (Isaiah 64:6), nor from religious doing or following Christian principles (Ephesians 2:8-9) but from Jesus Christ himself (Isaiah 61:10, Romans 4:5, Galatians 3:27).

When this perception of righteousness is lost, all is lost.

I am thankful that God’s love works inspite of me. I want to explode with the love of God. I want to love the unlovable. I want a church filled with drug dealers, prostitutes, arms dealers, gangsters, transexuals and telemarketing sales people. Until I can put away my prejudice, I rely solely on His grace.

Bring them all in. Love them.