If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
Does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it?
And will he not repay man according to his work? (Proverbs 24:11-12)
I am saddened by the blatant disinterest and purposeful distancing of those who are either too fearful or too comfortable in their cozy little cocoons to voice their disgust, take a stand, and be heard! Sing louder, church, so you drown out the cries that arise from the evil environment that surrounds you … until one day you face the same evil while the church just sings and sings. No respect for life will one day very soon filter down to the sick and the elderly. Think I’m kidding? Stay silent, keep singing … la, la, la … and you may sadly find out.
“Love God, Love Others” seems to be the popular, “fuzzy, feel-good” phrase being tossed around modern “Christiandom” these days … but, what DOES it mean exactly? I realize Jesus responded to a question in Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
In my opinion, the “love God” part is easy. God so loved us, He sent His only Son to take our sins upon Him and die on our behalf so we could spend eternity with Him in heaven. How could I not love Him?! And so “we love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) And herein is where the “love others” part comes into play. We have recognized, received, and are walking in this awesome, saving love … HIS love … and it’s a love we must extend to others! It’s not a fleshly, human love that is all warm and fuzzy with no truth and no substance … where we offer a cup of water or a piece of bread that satisfies the flesh, but we never share the Gospel – the Living Water, the Bread of Life that will save the soul.
Our love for others can’t compare to what Jesus did for us, but by telling them what He did for them … THAT is how we extend His love. Truly loving others is doing everything in our power to snatch them from the fire. Anything less is not. “Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. And have mercy on some, who are doubting (by showing them what it means to be saved); save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.” (Jude 1:21-23)
To choose to share the gospel in a subtle, toned down, non-offensive, “barely there” manner is really for whose benefit: the sharer or the receiver? When Jesus hung on the cross, was he concerned about not dripping blood on the ones who stood below, not spraying blood on the ones who pierced his side because he didn’t want to offend them? It’s not about keeping friends, keeping clients, keeping family relationships. It’s not about what they think of you. Go into all the world … your neighborhood, your business, your family and MAKE DISCIPLES! Be bold for Christ! If it offends, well that’s scriptural. If it saves, that’s one more for the Kingdom!
Truth that is missing important components of what makes it the Truth, is no longer the Truth. It’s like giving someone a formula to which you know the correct answer, but you erase a couple of the numbers that make up the formula before asking them to solve it. What happens? It causes the respondent to either a) become frustrated and confused, or b) fill in numbers of his own to come up with his own answer.
I know that many Christians think some truth is better than no truth . . . but why don’t we give it to them straight, rather than side-stepping components that might be offensive (like Jesus is the only way to heaven, and there is a hell for those who choose otherwise). Eventually, they’re going to find out anyway (or at least, I would hope that would be the case if they’re attending a real bible-believing Christian church) and if that’s the deal breaker, they should have been told right from the git-go, rather than wasting their and your time playing stupid spiritual games.
If, on the other hand, the popularity of an event is primarily because “Christians” just want to be entertained by a water-downed version of a Jesus that somewhat resembles the one they think they know, then that’s a whole other problem in and of itself.
Shock and awe antics
for the fame and celebrity –
for Katy it’s witchcraft
and Miley it’s nudity,
oblivious to the dangers
of what they are doing,
the unseen creatures
they are freely inviting
to take over their lives
and ultimately destroy them
as the applauding audience
so obliviously watches . . .
all for the love of
all for the love
In an interview with the “New Yorker” editor, David Remnick, the current leader of this country said “marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol.” Obama said he still views pot smoking negatively – but that on the whole, the drug isn’t the social ill that it’s been viewed as in the past. “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol,” Obama told the weekly magazine. “It’s not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy,” he said.
It’s not something he encourages? Really? What kind of message does this send to our youth? To his daughters? Look at the picture and then consider his statement, “Marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol.” I do not believe this was a careless, ignorant statement on his part, but rather a well thought-out, planned oration that supports his agenda for this country.
According to a report in the Oxford Journal, “The Social Epidemiology of Substance Use”, prepared by the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029, “familial disadvantage (including single parenting and low familial socioeconomic status) was associated with incident cannabis. In addition, urbanicity (inner city living) was associated with initiation of marijuana use. Substance use is associated with a wide range of risk behaviors. For the more commonly used substances, risk behavior includes symptoms of both dependence (e.g., reducing important activities because of use of the substance) and abuse (e.g., driving a car more than once while intoxicated, getting into trouble with superiors or co-workers because of intoxication). Consequences of alcohol and drug abuse include, among others, cirrhosis, AND JOB LOSS.” (Capitalization mine.)
I believe the potential for a higher percentage of unemployed, indigent citizens (in need of a government that will take care of them) is actually attractive to Obama. Could it also be that a nation too stoned to pay attention is desirable to a government that wishes to control them? So go ahead, everyone. Toke up and just dull those senses, why don’t ‘cha?
— Cheri Henderson