Yeah, it's been a while. Thanks for noticing.
This morning I read something profound. Not because of the words that were in it, but because of the words that were NOT in it. It's an email from a self-named Wiccan (that would be a witch) to Brian McLaren (author) and Brian's response. What makes me smile is that Brian's aim is to foster a relationship with this person, not preach the Hell out of him/her. He neither condones this person's belief system nor condemns it. As a matter of fact, he makes a point to encourage the person's gentle and peaceful nature. I am sure that if they ever meet and the subject comes up, Brian will explain his faith to this person, but I'm struck by the fact that he totally passes up the chance in this short email exchange. I am becoming more and more convinced that we should all strive to develop this sort of control.
Look, Christ used the metaphor of fishing, not hunting. Fishing requires and amazing amount of restraint and patience. Hunting requires good reflexes and a high powered rifle. Had Brian been on a hunting expedition and pulled out his rifle (or sword, if you get my drift), he had better be a good shot. If the shot misses, the creature will likely never return to so close a distance.