This is not your Average Blog site. Obviously you like a little adventure otherwise you would not have hit the Do you Dare button. You must be a bit like me, when I see a sign on a door that says do not open, I just have to know what is behind that door and why would it tell me not to open the door.
All my blogs are intended to be either informative or thought provoking. But I know some people don’t want to hear certain things stated or discussed. Political correctness, don’t go talking about this, or don’t talk about that flood our every move. And certainly, don’t bring your Christian Bible stuff into the conversation, especially in a bar, at a game or in to the work place.
I like to joke about the multiple voices that seem to be pushing me one way or another whenever I talk or write. I have written many emails that I never sent. Weird, yes I know. Debating whether to hit that send button as it might ruffle a feather or in the work world, get your butt fired, or in the church world get you kicked off a committee, or god forbid in the social media world, get an unlike or unfriend hit.
So when you see this in my entries, you have been warned the post button has been hit and the daring scary thoughts will flow…
DO YOU DARE TO CROSS INTO THE PORTICO?
If you’ve move or rolled your eyes (lol) further, you’re here, I did warn you…..
First off, I know my writing is always too long. My awesome wife who is way smarter than me and reads way more than I do says I am wordy and write everything way too longggg. Sorry, if I stop and try to change now, everything will sit in the drafts bin. Your call whether this is for you or not.
Three world-changing things happened in Jerusalem in a place called Solomon’s portico. The first time was in the Bible in John 10. Jesus was on the ‘portico’ speaking to some cynical religious ‘leaders’ trying to trap him in his words, like they often tried to do. They were saying to Him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of me. But you do not believe because you are not of my sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and later He said, I and the Father are one.” With those words, they picked up stones to stone him to death, but he escaped, as the time for his death was not at hand.
The second mention of Solomon’s portico is in Acts 3 where Peter healed a lame beggar to the astonishment of everyone and then he told the crowd how they are the guilty parties who killed Jesus. Now his power was in all believers and on display.
Later in Acts 5 some of the followers learned they were not ‘playing church’ as a married couple lied about some property they had sold and presented only a portion of the money they had gained from a sale acting as if they were giving all the cash to their church. On the spot, they were slain. How would you like to be in a church where one lie turns into your death? After that in vs. 11, it notes that ‘great fear’ came upon the whole church. No kidding!
Further, ‘ Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. None of the rest dared join them.
If you’ve read my about page, I said the voice of the Average Joe seldom is heard these days, let alone daringly as it was portrayed in Solomon’s Portico. I am motivated to change that now. Jesus or Peter I absolutely am not, and I am not deserving of any chance to speak on their behalf. Frankly I am deserving of being stoned like they wanted to do to them, but not for doing and saying the right things. However, Jesus & Peter dared to challenge the accepted beliefs and worldly standards of society and especially religion. Lives were turned upside down.
Perhaps the world will not change via Average Joe’s Portico. But come back, if you dare, and just maybe via a little contesting of your thoughts may alter your world. I hope the result will help you become a little better each day.
But remember, you’ve been warned.