random-thoughtsThomas Sowell, the economist and syndicated columnist, often had “Random Thoughts” columns that reflected on the state of our economy, politics, and culture. You could probably still find many online through Townhall.com. I am a big fan of his columns and his books.

My random thoughts seem to all run towards the subject of repentance and faith. These are the thoughts I want to share with you this morning.

“The purpose of grace is not tolerance but repentance unto salvation.”

“The power of grace is not for the purpose of holding contradictory things together but to be free of contradictions as we hold to the Truth.”

“The purpose of grace is not to make us good and dead but alive and well.”

“Christian love and peace is much more than the enemy of my enemy is my friend, so be careful with whom you march and meet.Be even more careful that you don’t reduce the love of Jesus to some skill you perform better than others.”

“By (new) nature, the child of God is evangelistic, ready to suffer ridicule, humiliation, and even death, for the sake of the gospel.”

This week, I saw Gregory Peck in the movie The Big Country (1958). I admire the way his character conducts himself with integrity and doesn’t have to have it authenticated for it to be constant. It’s a long movie but worth watching. This random thought arose again from watching it. “Grace doesn’t have to prove itself loving (demonstrable with a sign) before it calls you to repent and believe.”

Quote of the week comes from a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speech given at Western Michigan University in 1963. “We must never substitute a doctrine of Black supremacy for white supremacy. For the doctrine of Black supremacy is as dangerous as white supremacy. God is not interested merely in the freedom of black men and brown men and yellow men but God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race, the creation of a society where all men will live together as brothers.”

“Pray for preachers of the gospel. I think we forget (or have never learned) that there is a blindness that binds the heart and mind of listeners to their own biases, if not repented of, leaves the listener lost to the good news and that only Jesus can take that blindness away.”