I guess by strict definitions I am a protestant, but technically more of a protestant MUTT with a dash of Catholicism.
Actually I would like to be simply defined as a CHRISTIAN thank you very much as I am not being a rebel, but I don't fit nicely into any denominational box.
And let me be clear I am not judging your choice of 'box' unless.. you have a SNAKE in it.
No matter your flavor of faith as long as you 1. Love God, and 2. Care for Others while using your Bible as your guide I think we make God smile. So with this in mind I place all I have learned from God and his church and it all fits nicely in 'My Faith Box'.
The next challenge is fitting My Faith Box into the ever changing Post Modern Society box aka the PM Society box. It's a big box with lights and sounds. Inside their is a society of blended cultures with ever changing faster than a speeding bullet technology, and much much more. I need to be careful when fitting My Faith Box in the PM Society Box can be messy. How does the old Christian saying go.. We are called to be in the world, but not of it. I believe this was a classic Billy Graham message.
So In this PM Society box I find things like.. The internet. Which is both an incredible resource for 1. LIGHT (faith, family, friends, news, etc) and 2. DARKNESS (anger, hatred, self-indulgence, porn, etc ).
The internet also offers the ever evolving social media kit at no extra charge where I can text, tweet, post on facebook, instagram, or you can blog.. Blog? sounds like a cheap horror movie.. 'The Attack of the 50' Blog'. Maybe that should be the name of my blog?
In our PM Society box I can also stream music, videos or even sermons (if I am feeling particularly spiritual ) of any big name preacher or subscribe to Cyber Cyde's Bed Hair Pod Cast.
This can all be done from the convenience of my office chair while donning the same gym shorts, tank top, and bed hair just like Cyber Clyde.
When PM Society is not on the computer it is on a smartphone, or surfing HD TV with a bazillion (I actually counted there are a bazillion) sports, news, and movie channels.
In PM Society people buy meals, high buck coffees and lattes through a drive through window... or have them even delivered to their door. They will soon even have their groceries delivered by little retail drones. I can't wait til they do appliance deliveries via drones. When that happens I am canceling Cable TV and just following the Home Delivery Channel.
My Faith Box is now feeling a little agitated and stimulated at the same time. So far I am having trouble keeping all this PM Society box stuff out of My Faith Box. I see a TV remote is in my Faith Box, and an Amazon Prime Card, in fact I think grease from a leaky fast food bag from the PM Society box is soaking into the corner of My Faith Box and sadly I like the smell. I kind of like some of this PM Society stuff, and it is easy to justify there place in my Faith Box. I THINK I NEED HELP.
OK, I may not be so desperate that I need a Faith Box Exorcism, or an Exterminator, but I could do some spring cleaning... here in November.
My serious prayer is to have an honest Faith Box, with the word of God in it that never changes and a prayer list that is ever changing. I want to be in this world but not of it. This world (aka PM Society Box) is a mess! It is filled with noise, smells, and sights that are often far from God. It is a box that NEEDS GOD, not religion of man, but needs GOD THE CREATOR and GOD THE SAVIOR.
PM Society box is in need of a revival.
I listened to a sermon recently by Louie Gigglio and he said where there is pain, where there is a mess this is where a revival can happen. No one has a personal revival when life is going perfect. So by this definition this world is ready for a revival.
So in this messy PM Society box, I pray we place our faith and pray God stirs a revival using our individual and collective faith boxes as an agent of change.
OK, probably I took the box analogy a bit too far about a half a blog ago, but if you are still with me I pray God inspires in us a love for Him that affects all aspects of life. The pursuit of God, to know God more will change our lives and then impact the lives in the PM Society box.
Jeff (All Boxed in) Larson
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson