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Peter’s audience was well acquainted with injustice. They were persecuted because of their Christian faith by their neighbors, the Roman Empire, and even by their masters (employers). We tend to think of adversity as a form of injustice, but the biblical model for injustice lies primarily in the hands of people, not circumstances.
Recent news headlines have shared stories of injustice, such as happened to Brian Banks. At 17, Brian Banks had what high school junior’s dream of. Ranked 11th nationwide as middle linebacker, the Californian had committed to play football at the University of Southern California after a series of offers from other Division 1 schools. All of that went away the day he was wrongfully convicted of rape. Now, at age 27, after spending five years in prison, five on probation and receiving an exoneration due to the accuser admitting she made up the story, Banks revived his dream and was recently signed with the Atlanta Falcons.
1 Peter 1:12-25 outlines some basic principles for how Christians can appropriately respond when facing injustice.
1. Christ is our example and he expects us to do the right thing regardless of how we’ve been treated. (1 Peter 2:21)
2. If Jesus was treated unfairly, we can not assume that we are exempt to unjust treatment just because we are Christians. (1 Peter 2:22)
3. Retaliation and revenge are not options available to us. (1 Peter 2:23)
4. God is the judge and He will settle every injustice either in this life or the life to come. (1 Peter 2:23b)
5. We do not have the strength to overcome unfair treatment on our own. Christ’s death empowers us to do the right thing. (1 Peter 2:24)
6. We must trust God, for God has pledged to be the guardian of your soul. (1 Peter 2:25)
Four years ago today I posted the first of 706 posts here at TimDeatrick.com. I began with three goals for my blog. I wanted to post frequently enough to develop a base of resources that could be easily accessed. While some of my individual posts have been gratifying, my deeper sense of fulfillment has been the site as a whole. One of our new members approached me Sunday and remarked that he had checked out the blog. His comment was, “There’s a lot of stuff on there.” That was my first objective–I wanted to create something worth my time over the long haul.
My second goal was to say something substantive. I am actively involved in social media and have a Facebook account, a Twitter account, and a Linked In account. Those are the places I go when I want to share random pictures of my dessert and such. Here, however, I wanted to say something of value so that the site is worth your time. So I’ll do some theology or share a quick book review. I also try to share helpful articles related to pastoral ministry or culture that I find interesting, even though I tend not to comment on those articles. Your time is limited and you have more to read than you can get to. So before I publish, I ask myself a quick question, “Is this a waste of the reader’s time?”
Finally, I wanted to make theology and pastoral ministry my primary pursuit. Perhaps the secret to the longevity of this site has been that I have tried to post subject matter from a posture of strength instead of weakness, and have preferred topics that interest me versus topics that I think interest you. I don’t know if that makes me selfish, but it does keep me coming back to the keyboard three to five times per week.
I would like to thank some people who’ve helped me along the way. Without their help I wouldn’t have gotten past the first month. I’d like to thank my long time friend Greg Clark who has supported me in many ways over the past 15 years, not least of which was the donation of a Mac Book Pro from which the lion’s share of these posts have been composed. I’d also like to thank Brent Clark who kept me from paying stupid tax in the blogosphere. Brent set up my first site on Blogger, then did the transition to Word Press. He did many of the enhancements that made the site appealing and easy to navigate. I’d like to thank Tara Reiter-Marolff who helped with the graphic design for the site that you see, and finally Terence Hancock who over the past several months has maintained and updated it as needed.
Most of all I’d like to thank those of you who read, subscribe, and recommend my blog. When I began I had no idea that after four years it would reach thousands of readers from all seven continents. I never cease to be amazed at how our world has grown smaller through technology. While writing for this site is something I do primarily for myself, I am deeply humbled when anytime something I’ve written blesses or benefits anyone in anyway.
A new study on religious trends has been published from the University of California–Berkeley, revealing that since 1972, the number of people who claim to be irreligious has increased from 5% to 20%. The specifics are probably no surprise to you, however the report is another voice in the choir of data sounding the alarm to this trend. You can read it for yourself HERE.
Just in time for the Super Bowl, Barna has released new research on The Influence of Pro Athletes on Faith. The big surprise in the study is that Pro Athletes have a more favorable impact than pastors. What do you think about the influence of athletes? Does their public platform add impact to their messages?
Thanks to my wonderful wife, my great family and my many friends, I just celebrated the best birthday ever. Over my birthday weekend my wife and I went to dinner with our friends, Dan and Christy. Much to my surprise, they gave me a llama for my birthday. Now some of you have heard me mention my new llama in social media so I’d like to take a minute to explain.
I didn’t actually get a llama. Dan and Christy gave a llama in my honor to an poverty stricken village in a third world country in South America through Heifer International. Since 1944, Heifer International’s mission has been to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth. One of the ways they do this is to provide livestock to people in villages that allow them to develop sustainable and reliable income sources. Milk from goats and cows, honey from bees, and eggs from chickens are some of the ways that families in third world countries are finding help and hope through the work of Heifer International.
So next time you find yourself searching for a creative gift idea, consider Heifer International. You can learn more by visiting their website at www.heifer.org. Thanks, Dan and Christy! By the way, I named him George.
Today I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we have fixed our feedburner issues on the blog. The bad news is that we were unable to successfully migrate the email addresses of those of you who have subscribed to the feeds so that you could receive postings in your email inbox. Because we were unable to migrate the email addresses, you will need to resubscribe to resume receiving those blog posts via email. I apologize for this inconvenience! Thanks for following timdeatrick.com!
Thanks to those of you who follow my blog through email subscription. At this time we are having some issues with feedburner that I hope to have resolved in the next day or so. The worst case scenario would be that you may be asked to resubscribe to my blog posts to have them delivered to your email account. Stay tuned and thank you for your patience!
Henry Richard White, Jr., age 80, of St. Clair, Missouri, formerly of St. Louis, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, December 6, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at Grace Baptist Church in Union, Missouri, on Monday, December 10, at 11:00 am, with visitation preceding at 10:00 am. Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. Louis.
Rich was born on June 4, 1932, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Henry and Mary White. As a graduate of Roosevelt High School, Rich went on to play football at the University of Arizona and then Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree. Rich began his vocational career as the first Men’s Basketball Coach at Missouri Baptist College. During this time he earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Truman State University. Following a ten year coaching career, Rich was called to the gospel ministry, serving congregations in Texas, Missouri, Ohio, and Iowa. He finished his career as an Admissions Recruiter for Hannibal LaGrange University.
Rich married Eva Jeane Brookhart on November 5, 1960. To their union three children were born: Lori Russell, Lisa (Tim) Deatrick, and Danny (Tamah) White. He was the proud grandfather of five: Ryan, Lauren, and Shannon Deatrick, and Abigail and Amelia White.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Mary White Fenton, and his daughter Lori. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, two children, five grandchildren, one brother, Steven (Sandy) White of St. Louis, Missouri, numerous nieces and nephews, a host of friends and countless numbers of people he personally led to faith in Christ.
Rich played rugby for several St. Louis clubs and enjoyed weightlifting and handball. He loved a good rack of ribs, watching the St. Louis Cardinals, and always kept a toothpick within reach. Most of all, he will be remembered for his deep faith, love for the Lord Jesus and beginning each day with Bible reading and prayer.
Memorials may be made to Hannibal LaGrange University or the charity of your choice.
The Pew Forum has released new data showing a trend toward global crackdown of religious freedom in the world. The two headlining statistics reveal that 75% of the global population live in countries where restrictions to religious freedom is “high.” The other eye catching stat is that 37% of the world’s nations have in place high restrictions on the practice of religion. You can read the full report by clicking HERE.