Our Role in Politics

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”  1 Tim 2:1-2

I normally try to stay clear of politics and discussing political matters.  However, in watching what is happening in this campaign, I feel it is important to say a few words regarding the state of politics today.  First of all, I will say that I am a conservative so this blog post may lean toward that perspective.  The main reason is that the conservative position more closely matches my views of how life should be lived.  But this is not an entry on who I am supporting, but on how we, as Christians, should be involved in the political process.  I want to divide this into three parts.  The first being the Democrat side, the second being the Republican side, and the third should be our response.

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Categories: Culture

Love our neighbors

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Mat 22:39b

When we think of the word neighbor, we often think of those who live beside us, across the road from us, or maybe several houses down.  However, was this what was meant by Jesus in the above verse?  I do not think so.  According to Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, it means ‘any other man irrespective of nation or religion with whom we live or whom we chance to meet.’  In other words, every human on this earth is essentially our neighbor.  We are to love everyone we come into contact with.  So I ask the question, do we really love our neighbor?

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Categories: Culture, Theology

The Christians Purpose

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Mat 28:19-20

Why are we here?  I do not mean all mankind, but us Christians.  Think about it.  We have accepted the salvation God has provided for us through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  And because of our decision, we have a glorious future with God.  We will have no want, and life will be absolutely perfect; no sin, sorrow, suffering or shame.  In this world, we experience the four S’s.  We have all seen the markings of sin all over.  Greed, selfishness and hatred abound.  People lose friends and family members daily, bringing sorrow to countless numbers of those left here to mourn.  There is no way to count the number of people who suffer from disease, constant pain, or from those who hate what others stand for.   And Christians throughout the last two centuries have experienced the four S’s on a continuous basis.  If the Christian life is about the individual, then why have we not been taken away from all this and taken immediately to our new and eternal home.  Because it is not about us.

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Categories: Theology

True Christians Do

So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Jam 2:17.

Joe calls himself a farmer.  He has incredible knowledge of good farming and fertilization practices.  He reads many books in order to learn all the new techniques to grow more produce each year without increasing the size of his farm.  He is very proud of what he has learned and shares his knowledge with anyone he can.  However, there is a serious problem with Joe.  In all the years he has had his farm, he has never planted a single crop.  He talks a good talk, but has never done anything that a farmer is known for.  So, this begs the question, is Joe a real farmer?

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Categories: Theology

Sometimes we are called to weep

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”  Rom 12:15

Years ago, I became aware of a conversation between two Christians regarding the sufferings of many individuals caught in the horrors of human trafficking.  One of them was relating some of the things people suffered at the hands of evil traffickers.  After a short time, the other raised her hands and declared, “I do not want to hear anymore, it is taking away my joy.”  She then walked off and became involved in another conversation more to her liking.  When I heard this, I became angry.  How could someone be so calloused regarding the sufferings of others.  I could understand if she did not want to discuss it at that time, but to show no empathy for these modern day slaves who suffer daily, and never wanting to think about it at all, shows a heartless selfishness that is beyond appalling.

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Categories: Culture

Do we stand out

As many of you know, I am an avid reader.  My focus is on non-fiction, however, every now and then I will relax with a good story, but have not done so in a while.  This past couple of weeks I have been reading a book entitled “Taking Sides : Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Religion“, edited by Daniel K Judd.  Basically, there are a series of Yes and No questions, with two essays regarding each question, one explaining why the answer is Yes, and another explaining why it is No.  In answer to the question “Is War Ever Justified?”  The Editors of First Things in relating the Yes answer quotes an anonymous author of “The Letter to Diognetus” written in the second century to explain to a pagan reader the way it is with these odd people called Christians.  Here is the quote:

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Categories: Culture

Our Masks

Beep – Beep – Beep!

The alarm clock went off at 6:00 AM Monday morning.  It was time for John to get up.  He stayed up quite late the night before and was struggling to find the off button.  After slapping the clock several times, the beeping stops and there is quiet.  He rolls over as if to go back to sleep, however, he had a busy morning ahead of him and needed to get ready.

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Categories: Story

The Amazing Grace of God

I know it has been a while since I have posted a new blog entry.  But there has been much going on, both good and not so good.  But I do not want this to be so much about me, but about the grace of our Almighty God

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Categories: Personal

Looking Beyond our Sight

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’”  Mat 14:30

This verse comes from a very familiar passage where Jesus comes walking upon the sea to the boat where the disciples were.  After Peter recognizes who He is, he tells Jesus to command him to go on the water and walk to Him.  When Jesus did, he immediately got out of the boat and walked out to Jesus.  However, when he looked around and saw the wind and the rough waters, he began to sink and he cried out to Jesus to save him.  Jesus then reached out, grabbed him and asked him why he had doubted, showing a lack of faith. I have found myself looking at the wind and waves recently, and I will assume many of you all have done the same.

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Categories: Theology

Lets Get Serious

A former Muslim who goes by the pseudonym Muhammad Kemel recently told the editor of ‘Why we left Islam’ the following, “Muslims all over the world are working hard to achieve [the] goal of submission of the entire world to Islam.”  This confirms what I have heard from many experts regarding Islam, that their goal is to convert the entire world to Islam, and kill those who will not submit.  This is especially true when Christians are involved.  There is no mercy for those who refuse to renounce Christ in favor of Allah.  We can see this especially in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria otherwise known as ISIS.  I received the following email sent from a friend regarding missionaries in Iraq which gives us first hand knowledge of this issue.

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Categories: Culture