Your food is my food

What we’re willing to eat and drink with other people (not just tolerate the presence of, but participate in) has such deep significance. It says,

You are clean, and what you eat is clean.

You are with me, I am with you.

What you touch, I will touch.

What you eat, I will eat.

What you drink, I will drink.

Otherwise a theological and practical wall is raised between us and others. In this light, consider the significance of God showing a “sheet” to Peter with “all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air.” God says to him:

“Rise, Peter; kill and eat!” (Acts 10:13)

Go preach the precious gospel of Jesus to Cornelius, and have table-fellowship with him, and eat what he eats!

There is precious reconciliation in Christ at the dinner table:

“For [Jesus] himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.” (Ephesians 2:14-16)

And don’t let anyone give you trouble:

“Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17)

The inverse is also true: What other believers are sensitive not to eat, we are, in their presence, sensitive not to eat. Accommodate for the sake of love:

“It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.” (Romans 14:21)

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Use TypeScript over Flow, but try another language like ReasonML

Quoting @spcydnts:

“TypeScript is easier for me to recommend because the default project setup is good and the tooling is great. Flow might be easier to add to an existing project but it’s tricky to keep it reliable.

“If you can, use another language altogether. They end up being safer and simpler because typing all the common dynamic patterns in JS is very hard/impossible. My favorite is PureScript. Elm is also good but more niche in its uses and requires more boilerplate code. Reason is also looking pretty good and is less of a paradigm shift from JS.”

@bressain adds:

“If another language isn’t possible, I would argue that you’ll have a better time with TypeScript purely on a tooling support standpoint.”

Do what God ensured would be done

God is able guard it, therefore guard it:

“I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me… By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.” (2 Timothy 1:12,14)

Work it out, because God it at work in you:

“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you.” (Philippians 2:12-13)

Make it your own, because Christ has made you his own:

“I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” (Philippians 3:12)

Becoming “useful to the master”

making-potteryJust starting your Christian walk? Still incubating? God loves you. He is patient with you. And he is committed to you!

But keep perspective: God will put you to work in years ahead, mentoring others, discipling others, teaching others, seeking the lost. Non-believers, seekers, transitioners, new believers, family members, your own children, hurting/struggling believers, or just strong believers who need fellowship and friendship. God is preparing you to make disciples and serve others. To practice hospitality, hosting, teaching, correcting, encouraging, feeding, giving, and being a role model. It will happen more quickly than you imagined. Your local Christian community needs you.

So as you develop spiritual habits, learn the words of Jesus, learn to love other people, participate in the life of Christian community, grow in your obedience, and submit your heart to the gracious care of your Good Shepherd, remember David’s prayer:

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.” (Psalm 51)

And Paul’s counsel,

“If anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2)

God is preparing you to be “useful to the master of the house.” But if you don’t cleanse yourself of what is dishonorable, your fruitfulness will be stifled. So be eager to grow in wisdom, making the “best use” of your time:

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5)

Politics is tiny

Camille Paglia:

“We have a whole generation of young people who are clinging to politics and to politicized visions of sexuality for their belief system. They see nothing but politics, but politics is tiny. Politics applies only to society. There is a huge metaphysical realm out there that involves the eternal principles of life and death… Young people have nothing to enlighten them, which is why they’re clinging so much to politicized concepts, which give them a sense of meaning and direction.”

How the apostolic “elites” talked

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.”
— Paul, 1 Timothy 1:15

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.”
— 1 Peter 3:18

“We love because he first loved us.”
— 1 John 4:19

More from Paul:

His “importance”: “But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:16)

While stressing his apostolic legitimacy and direct authority from Jesus: “Even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8)

Expressing desire to come to the Romans: “I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” (Romans 1:11-12)

Counting himself among the apostles: “I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:8-9)

After showing his Jewish creds: “For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ.” (Philippians 3:8-9)

After boasting of his sufferings: “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (2 Corinthians 11:30)

While speaking of his ministry of proclamation: “For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” (Colossians 1:29)