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"DAVID MIERS is reported to be in the top 10 cage fighters in Gosford. He has some serious dish washing skills and thinks that Elizabeth Bennet is hot. Although he thinks that his wife Rowena is hotter. David works in youth ministry for a great church. Likes to: speak in third person, watch and play soccer, eat food and surf the web. He has never watched Star Wars."

Steve Irwin, Passion and Jesus

Steve Irwin was passionate. Steve Irwin was a nut. It could be said that Steve Irwin was a passionate nut! However, what ought to be most striking to the Christian about Steve Irwin was that he (most probably) didn't have his trust in Jesus. Knowing this we ought to be even more saddened over his death and everyone else who dies without knowing Jesus. On this week's episode of On the Poddy we talk about him and some reflections from the Bible.

Listening to Steve Irwin sound clips last night on the radio, I was reminded of his exuberance, enthusiasm and energy for that which he was passionate. It's reported that his passion was genuine and that what you saw on camera was what you got.

There are many things that people are passionate about: animal rights, human rights, politcal views, favourite sporting team, holden or ford, pc or mac, food, other people, etc... Even Christians are passionate about a whole variety of things. What I struggle with is the lack of passion that I observe Christians have for Jesus and the gospel of His death and resurrection. I'm not pointing the finger at other people any more than I am pointing the finger at myself.

Why do you think we are often not as passionate about Jesus than we are about other stuff? How ought we express our passion?

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  • Anonymous daniel says so:
    Tuesday, September 05, 2006 4:12:00 pm  

    A hearty Amen David! Why do I get "excited" about so many meaningless things, and not about something as meaningful as the Gospel.

    My first thought was that maybe it was to do with guilt. Maybe we aren't passionate Jesus because it makes those who hear us feel guilty but ... both the passionate conservationist and the passionate Christian both have the same effect on their hearers - guilt! The passionate Christian will make people feel guilty for rebelling against God, and the passionate conservationist will make people feel guilty about how they treat creation.

    So I don't know either - maybe it's as "simple" as our own sin. top

  • Blogger David says so:
    Tuesday, September 05, 2006 4:23:00 pm  

    thanks for the comments daniel.

    i don't know how much it is guilt... but i think maybe it could be more failing to be gripped by the gospel.

    we take it too lightly? top

  • Blogger David says so:
    Tuesday, September 05, 2006 5:09:00 pm  

    Check out this article:
    It's like JFK or Diana for kids: mother

    Here is a quote from it...
    Daniel, 11, asked: "Why did it have to be Steve Irwin? Why couldn't it be someone older like Sean Connery?" top

  • Anonymous Joel C says so:
    Tuesday, September 05, 2006 5:27:00 pm  

    "However, what ought to be most striking to the Christian about Steve Irwin was that he (most probably) didn't have his trust in Jesus"

    Striking? To me it seemed obvious that he was unfortunately not a Christian. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that 'crikey' is a derogatory term of 'Christ' making such word blasphemy. top

  • Blogger Nick says so:
    Tuesday, September 05, 2006 6:17:00 pm  

    crikey's derogatory? Wow.

    Anywho, I think complacency is part of the issues. Because we're already saved, we sometimes think that we don't really have to do anything anymore. We need to realise what hapens to people who don't hear the news, which is what Steve has unfortunately shown us. top

  • Blogger David says so:
    Tuesday, September 05, 2006 6:44:00 pm  

    joel... i didn't know that.
    thanks.

    but do you want to answer the question i raised??

    thanks for your thoughts nick. top

  • Blogger David says so:
    Wednesday, September 06, 2006 6:52:00 pm  

    found out from jonny b that 'struth' is from God's Truth. top

  • Blogger Ruth says so:
    Thursday, September 07, 2006 9:42:00 am  

    Good post David. I completely agree. It is terribly sad that Steve probably didn't know God - I pray that his wife and family will find their comfort in God - and come to know him themselves.

    I agree about the passion part too - if only we all had that enthusiasm for what is so much more important. top

  • Blogger Priscilla says so:
    Thursday, September 07, 2006 11:39:00 am  

    Back to the basic question: Why do we get so passionate about meaningless things instead of Jesus and how He saved us? I suppose it's because the "meaningless things" are more real to us than Jesus. Why is that? Because we don't know Jesus as we should. Why? Because we don't spend real time and devotion with Him. Do we really seek Him with all of our heart, soul and mind? I have to admit...that I really don't all the time.

    As far as "crikey" goes-I didn't have any idea that it was a derogatory term for Christ. I'm an American. We don't say "crikey" over here. I just thought it was an amusing Ausie slang. I guess I'll know now. top

  • Anonymous Joel C says so:
    Thursday, September 07, 2006 1:28:00 pm  

    As far as "crikey" goes-I didn't have any idea that it was a derogatory term for Christ. I'm an American. We don't say "crikey" over here. I just thought it was an amusing Ausie slang. I guess I'll know now.

    Further questioning about such phrase has lead me nowhere and I may have been mistaken in the first place so please don't take it as fact. top

  • Blogger David says so:
    Friday, September 08, 2006 8:58:00 am  

    check this out http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/crikey
    and then get back to the discussion at hand... top

  • Anonymous daniel says so:
    Friday, September 08, 2006 1:36:00 pm  

    Priscilla - I think you may be onto something there. top

  • Blogger David says so:
    Tuesday, September 12, 2006 12:25:00 am  

    maybe (in response to Priscilla's post) it may be that we fail to live by faith. we trsut in that which we can see here and now... the tangible stuff...

    but do we fail to see with the eyes of faith? top

  • Anonymous Alan M. says so:
    Monday, December 31, 2007 4:24:00 am  

    I'm not sure if this is true or not, but I heard from somehere that steve irwin gave his heart to the Lord 2 or 3 weeks before he died. Has anyone heard about that?
    what do you think? top

  • Blogger Dave Miers says so:
    Monday, December 31, 2007 7:57:00 am  

    hey alan,

    it would be great if it were true, but it doesn't seem to be.

    A friend has the full run down on it here

    the emails that were sent around at the time look to be hoax emails.

    peaceout top

  • Blogger Alan M. says so:
    Tuesday, January 01, 2008 8:49:00 pm  

    Oh I see,
    oh man, well hopefully he accepted Christ into his heart at home or something, because his wife Terri was a christian wasn't she? top