So today I have to tell my mom that I’ll be going to Church tomorrow. This will probably result in me getting kicked out tonight when I tell her or tomorrow when I leave. Or God might have a miracle planned and everything will be fine. Please pray for the latter.
I’ve never been so scared.
I hope your mother not only takes this news well, but that it opens up a door for more conversations with her along these lines. Also if not, I hope you can take heart in the knowledge that there are thousands of other faithfuls all over the globe who are being not only kicked out, but persecuted, brought to the country’s authorities, tortured or killed by their families for not recounting their faith in Jesus.
That still requires some knowledge of "it is right to obey mommy and daddy, and wrong not to." Obviously, they had no idea they would be punished so severely, especially since they had never experienced punishment.
While I agree that much obedience is driven from the fear of consequences or the feeling of it being the right thing to do, could it not be argued that obedience can be driven by trust alone separated from a feeling of right or wrong? I don’t mean to belabor the point though, I appreciate the space you’ve created for open discussion on this somewhat controversial topic. I hope it stays this way and doesn’t turn to a flamer outpost.
Olivewood Fountain Pen Set Here are my latest two creations, an Olivewood Pen Set. I hand burned the names into the bodies of the pens. These pens show off some of the best looking Olivewood I’ve ever worked with. I love the contrast and flow of the grain that God designed into Olivewood. It is definitely one of my favorite woods to make pens out of.