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When you truck, truck BOLDLY (?)

It is well known that Martin Luther had little use for the book of James.

This is understandable: in the grand scheme of things, God's call on Luther was to re-discover the truth that salvation is not by conduct, but by grace alone.

But God's call on James regarded conduct. James' point was simply that, if you're really born into a family, there ought to be a family resemblance.

So if you're really born into God's family by grace, it should show by your grace-full conduct. And so he says things like this:

Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.

Gentleness ... born of wisdom.

I've been thinking about this for 36 hours -- which is a lot for the American attention span (even an American with Chinese characteristics; or a Chinese with American characteristics; WHATEVER).

I want to be gentle, and I want to be wise -- and I'm struggling with how I can be either.

For example: how can a guy be gentle or wise when he's bombing around in a Toyota Tundra?

This is what I think about.

Wouldn't it have been gentler and wiser to have kept my '96 Sonoma? The one with the stick going? The one that couldn't be driven in snow? The one my neighbor Cori calls "Dave's pretend truck."

(Cori is such a sweetheart).

I struggle because the Tundra feels more like a pretend truck.

... gentle and wise ... in a honking Tundra?

I can hear Luther now: when you truck, truck BOLDLY... ; okay Marty...whatever you say.

Maybe I should just stop sweating this truck thing ... good grief.


James 3.13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.


Daniel Leslie Peterson September 4, 2009 at 8:18 AM  

If Jesus had driven to cleanse the temple, no doubt he would have done so in his Toyota Tundra.

Josh September 4, 2009 at 9:19 AM  

No one would look twice in Seattle. 0.o

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