Christian - Angry Birds - Mar 5
Greetings Men – As I write this on March 3rd, the snow is coming down steadily here in Nelson County. The temperature is 15̊, and tonight it is supposed to get down to 4̊. I am thankful for global warming. Think where we would be without it!!
Several years ago, a video game phenomena swept the gaming world. The game was called “Angry Birds”. The premise of the game was that pigs had stolen the bird’s eggs, and the birds were angrily attacking the pigs and their fortresses in an effort to destroy them. After the birds flew into the pig’s fortresses, they simply disappeared. I don’t know if they died or just flittered into the sunset, but they were no longer on the scene. While they may have gotten revenge on the pigs, they were destroyed in the process.
A couple of years ago, my bride and I had our own real life version of Angry Birds. In the spring of 2011, a male cardinal starting attacking the windows of our house. He would get a flying start and slam into the window, then fall onto the window sill. It started with the living room windows, but then spread to other windows. We knew this was something that cardinals do in the spring so we thought the attacks would quit after a few weeks. Not so. This bird kept attacking the windows for weeks, then months. My frustrated bride drew a “frowny face” on a paper plate and put it in the window. The bird was not deterred. We put pictures and stickers of other birds on the windows, hung rubber snakes in them – nothing. The bird kept coming. By the end of the year, the bird had lost most of its beautiful red crest, and its head sort of tilted to one side – a pitiful sight. We could never decide whether the bird was angry, deranged or just plain dumb, but his relentless attacks cost him.
In God’s Word, there is a story about another “Angry Bird” – a behaving son who got angry when his misbehaving brother repented and came back to the father. While the father was glad to see his misbehaving son and welcomed him with open arms, the older behaving son got angry. The father pursued the angry son explaining to him that he was joyful over the one that was lost but now was found, but the older behaving son was not forgiving. This is a great example of the tension between Grace and Truth we discussed last week. The older son was all about truth and he was angry about the grace the father showed his brother. As Andy pointed out last week, the Word says that Jesus was full ofgrace AND truth – a perfect balance of both. As followers of Jesus, this should obviously be our goal. But how do we implement it? Join us this week as Andy continues to teach about balancing grace AND truth – like Jesus.