Please excuse the bad pun, but there is a real truth here. Following Jesus is not supposed to be boring. It’s an adventure, it’s a battle, but it’s not boring. There is tremendous power and passion in following the God of the universe and moving His Kingdom forward. If you’re bored, you may just need to get more involved. Jesus has a mission for you. Live on purpose.
The following might make me sound like a heretic, but I am not a proponent of returning organized prayer to schools. The reason is really simple. In our pluralistic society, who knows what kinds of idol worship our kids would be subjected to on a daily basis all in the name of fairness. I think there are some other things we may want to consider instead. First, raise your kids to be believers and to be bold in their prayer life. Students still have a lot of religious rights in the schools, we have to help them to know what they are. We need to teach them to be salt and light in their classes. We need to be teaching our kids to pray in the home and we have to generously fund strong youth ministry in our churches.
Then there is a touchier subject and I know this will bother some. I apologize in advance but I have to pose this question. Do we really expect the schools to get any more Christ-like if we pull all the Christian kids into Christian schools and homeschool? In a world where 80% of all people who will ever receive Christ will do it by the age of 18 is that really the best way to be the light of the world? Needless to say, I know that decision is intensely personal and this is in no way a put-down. I’m just asking.
A lot of people in our society fail to realize this. We see it every year as the holiday whining begins. You can’t post a nativity scene or a menorah or any symbol on public property because someone might be offended. Forgive me for sounding harsh, but tough! The first amendment is a guarantee of free speech, period. If it protects half of the garbage that we are subjected to by Hollywood, the media, etc. it better darn well express freedom to express the truth that sets men free. It does. Freedom of religion and freedom from religion are two different things. If you don’t like the practice of someone else’s ideas, ignore it. That’s what the rest of us are forced to do
Just for the record, it does say the truth will set you free and the truth and the politically response are not always the same thing. We don’t need political correctness nearly as much as we need people who speak the truth.
One thing this creacher hates more than anything else is being asked for advice only to have the person go on and live their life to prove that I might as well have talked to the wall. Sorry, but some days a Creacher just has to vent. I bet I’m not the only one who’s been there.
When I was a kid I hated gym class, not because I didn’t want to participate, but because we often picked teams and I got really tired of being the last one picked. It still feels that way every time I put myself in a situation where people have to pick me. I’m starting to feel like that’s a no win situation and that I need to make my own breaks. Maybe it’s time to pick me.
Yes, I’m still on this kick because part of me thinks this might be the greatest threat to our freedom and culture that we have seen in a very long time. The highest virtue in our culture has become tolerance. Sounds pretty good, except what’s being called tolerance is anything but. Tolerance is now mandatory agreement and if you want to see intolerance, disagree with the “tolerant.” The truth of the matter is one cannot agree with everyone, it is a physical, logical and intellectual impossibility.
First of all tolerance means the ability to disagree agreeably, that we can disagree without demonizing, that we can disagree, maybe even vehemently, on an issue and remain friends, because we are bigger than our opinions, causes, etc. Tolerance in it’s best form is based on respect not compromise. That’s true tolerance.
Secondly, tolerance, even in it’s truest form, is not even close to the highest virtue. The highest virtue is love. As an example, if I am merely tolerant of my wife, my marriage is for all intents and purposes over. If I love, that is truly love, my wife, nothing will part us. Love is powerful. I think it’s because God is love, you can disagree with that if you want to, but that’s what I believe.
You can be tolerant if you want to, you can tolerate me if you want to, I’d rather love and be loved.
In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus calls us the light of the world and he gives us a pretty clear mission. People are supposed to see the good stuff we do and praise God. How are you doing with that?
Whoever said “sticks and stones may break your bones but names will never hurt you” was an idiot. Words hurt and they are nearly impossible to take back. The only thing that can really heal our verbal wounds is forgiveness and sometimes it still takes years to heal. Sometimes it never does. So watch your mouth.
Why does it seem people always want to haul “Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged” when they are in the midst of something they know they shouldn’t be doing. It’s the most misquoted verse in all of scripture. Be assured of this, this verse does nothing to remove the consequences of your actions nor does it absolve you of responsibility to live a righteous life.
There is a huge difference between being judgmental and sound judgment. The first is forbidden, the second is essential.
It kills me the length we’ve fallen. It’s to the point where it seems that the only way to be thought a good Christian in this society is to go along with every stupid, sinful, destructive decision anyone wants to make. What a crock! We are supposed to be the light of the world and you can’t be that hiding under a bushel. The thing people don’t understand is there is nothing loving or Christian about sitting idly by while people destroy themselves.
Jesus deserves better and so does society.
The old saying ignorance is bliss is sometimes true. There are times where you’d just as soon not know what’s going on, especially when it comes to the bad decisions of people we love. The problem is whether or not we want to know, eventually we find out and the bliss comes to an end. Then there are some other aspects of ignorance, and well, they’re just plain stupid.
We can’t afford to be ignorant!
There’s a reason Jesus told us not to worry. Beyond the fact that it pushes faith out of the picture, it’s counterproductive. Don’t worry. Trust God and do something to make it better.
From time to time I hear people say “The heart wants what the heart wants.” It’s usually the first statement before a series of easily preventable heartache and emotional carnage. The Bible says “The heart is deceitful above all things…” You can’t trust your heart alone, on it’s own it’s just a muscle, so use your brain. Think before you act!