The fingerprint of God

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I am fascinated by the graphic I used earlier this week of a map of the world superimposed inside a fingerprint. My first thought was of each person’s worldview with some things the same based on our shared beliefs and values, while each one is different based on our unique upbringing and experience — no two of us alike. But then I thought of something else — a much more compelling interpretation of this image — that of the fingerprint of God on the world.

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Down at RJ’s Cafe

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Today’s Catch is coming to you from my favorite local Johnny’s Cafe. This one happens to be called RJ’s Cafe. It’s a 15-minute drive from my house, but it’s worth it — the deciding factor being the pancakes. I am always in search of the best pancakes in town and RJ’s is the closest thing to it in my area. I’m sure it’s a personal thing, but I like pancakes thin and moist. A thick, dry and “cakey” pancake is just not my cup of tea, but that seems to be more often than not what I find.

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What is your worldview?

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“Worldview is closely linked to the creation of culture,” said writer and journalist Terry Mattingly on our BlogTalkRadio show last night. “If you think of culture as hardware, in computer terms,” he went on to say, “worldview would be the software — the lens though which you look at the world, and the make-up of that lens comes from the culture in which you have grown up — what you think is valuable, what you believe, what you think art is. Your social class, your race, and your education all play into how you see the world.”

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Is your worldview ready for the world?

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What is something that everyone has, but few recognize? What is something that doesn’t have to make us enemies, but often does? What is something that could be a bridge or a wall, depending on how you think about it? The answer: your worldview.

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The starting point

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:13-16

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When it comes to talking about spiritual things in the marketplace, we need to let the other person set the starting point of the conversation.

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Deference for different

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I just came upon an interesting statistic. Of the people who voted for Donald Trump in 2016, the percentage who regret their vote today is a whopping 3%. And of the people who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, the percentage who regret that vote is … hold your horses, a surprising … 3%! What does that tell you? Two things.

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Pawn or prophet?

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William Wilberforce 1759 – 1833

One of our readers was wondering about my comment yesterday that politics cannot do the work of the kingdom of God and vice versa. He brought up William Wilberforce, a member of the British Parliament in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century, who was instrumental, as a born again Christian, in helping abolish the slave trade in that country. It was a good point, well taken, that made me look into some history on that.

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Rendering to God what is God’s

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Instead of trying to make society more Christian, we need to focus on making ourselves more vitally Christian in society. This is what Jesus would want.

Christians have spent an inordinate amount of time, money and effort in the last 30 years trying to make society more Christian. And to do so, we have bought heavily into politics as the way to go about changing the world. Bad move. Rather than making the world more Christian, it has ended up going the other way. The world’s influence on us has turned out to be much greater than our influence upon the world.

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