Tim Gaydos talking about meeting with Seattle Mayor Nickels yesterday.
1 Peter 2:18-25 (English Standard Version) 18(A) Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19For this is a gracious thing, when,(B) mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But(C) if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21For(D) to this you have been called,(E) because Christ also suffered for you,(F) leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22(G) He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23(H) When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten,(I) but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24(J) He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we(K) might die to sin and(L) live to righteousness.(M) By his wounds you have been healed. 25For(N) you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to(O) the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
As practiced in America
1st Timothy calls slave trading one of the most heinous of sins, 1 Timothy 1:9-11 (New International Version) 9We also know that law[a] is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
ESV translates that as servants
How do you respond to an unjust boss
Elaina, Harrassed at work, God turned it around
Lawyer, Got fired for helping a couple reconcile instead of pushing for divorce
Julie, In China, Teaching english in china, Lonely, Many co-workers opposed to Christianity, She weeps when she thinks of being able to attend church, She meets as a campus of 1, Great example of submitting, Do we love injustice and abuse?, Nope
If you can get out from ungodly authority, do it
If you can't, stay with a humble heart
Is my suffering just or unjust
19For this is a gracious thing, when,(B) mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But(C) if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.
There are 2 kinds of suffering, Just, Adom's sin, Cause and effect, Sickness, Disaster, Sowing and reaping, Eating, Drinking, Sleeping, Don't budget, Can't say this is a travesty, No, it is folly, Punishment, Disciplinary, A Christian is in sin and chastising them, Unjust, When you really are a victim, Victim, When youa re sinned against, Empathetic suffering, Someone you love is suffering, so you suffer too, Spouse, Child, Parents, Friends, Verbal maligning, Driscoll shared story abotu being maligned by the hard right and the hard left over things they are willing to die for that we do not care about
All other views of God paint him as being distant
Pastor goes into talking about crucifixion
Peter says you have been called to endure suffering
Ask friends who will tell you the truth (not what you want to hear), One of the deepest things people can do for us is tell us the truth, This contradicst most of our culture, Ala Seattle nice, See this article from the Seattle Times Sunday Magazine, Ala self esteem culture, It is actually a very high form of love, Great Entrepreneur Article: Why You Must Embrace Rejection to Succeed, My experience is that entrepreneurship is, in fact, a character flaw. Entrepreneurship is not something that can be rationalized and easily explained away. Entrepreneurship is a deep desire to create and destroy at the same time. It requires simultaneous distain for authorities and respect for past artisans. In fact, if I thought there was a cure, I would have taken the pill., But if one were to accept entrepreneurship as what it really is, then there is a much less immediate need for acceptance and validation (except in the marketplace). The end result is that we would have a very different perspective on rejection, that rejection is not an undesirable and unavoidable side product, but in fact part of the journey., What I learned is that rejection and criticisms are similar. You have to drink it twice. The first time is very bitter and our body and our soul would reject them because they taste awful even though we know that they are supposed to be good for us. Then we have to boil it again. At night before we go to sleep, we would need to calmly recount the events during the day and ask ourselves a simple question,, “What were they trying to tell us by rejecting us? What is it that they are seeing that I am not seeing?”, And it is amazing how much we learn when we take down our guard and when we listen, not just with our ears but with our heart., In summary, not only do we need to get over rejection, we must embrace rejection., For entrepreneurs, rejections are learning moments., Engage rejection early. Any chance you can, get in front of people who are not your family or your friends and get real feedback. If they say nice things to you, it just means that they don’t care enough to criticize you. Get them to care. Do the best you can to listen but understand that no matter how much you think you are listening, you are not because your intellect is doing its best to reject criticism in order to protect you., Whatever you do, don’t regard rejection as a personal failure. It is not personal., Embrace it. Go home and embrace it again. It doesn’t taste any better when you confront it the second time but at least you are in a better mindset to be able to absorb the much-needed medicine.
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How to do it well?