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How Will They Know?


The Bible teaches us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  But there are a few problems with this teaching:

  1. We’re afraid to tell others that they are sinners
  2. Others don’t like being told they are sinners
  3. We keep changing the definitions around what is a sin

One of the issues at play here is how we tell others they are sinners.  Put gently and in a non-judgmental way, it’s received far better than if the message is delivered, finger in the face and Bible in the other hand.  But each of us who is saved had to be told and/or convinced at some point that WE were sinners in need of Christ.  Our basic job as Believers is to share that message in love and to share Jesus as the answer.  Remember that this Christmas!

Now, if we aren’t sinners, and if we don’t sin—or if we simply deny calling sin “sin”, then we don’t need a savior, that is, assuming we’re correct.  And if we are correct, then Jesus died for nothing and the Bible is a lie:  “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

The way of America seems to be this:  There is no Biblical moral code and there is no sin.  There are no moral absolutes.

This is why homosexuality is such a hot-button issue these days.  Those who are in it don’t want to be called a sinner or be made to feel “unnatural”, and those who know and love these people don’t want to be judgmental.  They genuinely want to be supportive and loving.  I get that.  I’m there too!

But that begs the question:  What do you tell your friend or family member who is sleeping with a married person, not their own spouse?  It’s called adultery and the Bible says it’s wrong.  Do you not call it sin and try to correct the person who is trapped in the relationship?

I hope you would!  You see, to the people involved, it feels GOOD!  It feels NATURAL!  It’s a case of “Don’t tell me who I can love!”  You see, I’ve been there!  I know!  And someone was bold enough to call sin what it is!  This person came and knocked on my door and told me that what I was doing was wrong.  Thing is, I KNEW it was wrong!  And so did she!  But we went there anyway!

Sin is easy!  Sin is fun!

The consequences in this life may not always be so fun.  Her husband wasn’t all that thrilled and the fact that I’m able to sit here today and even type this is a blessing!

We must call sin what it is whether it is heterosexual sin or homosexual sin.  WE ARE ALL SINNERS AND FALL SHORT OF THE STANDARDS GOD HAS ESTABLISHED!

We cannot pull God’s standards down to our level, and we cannot pull OURSELVES up to his.  If we could pull God down to our standards, the wide range of what’s acceptable would be as varied as there are people.  There would be no point in God being Holy if each person could establish his or her own standards.

If we could pull ourselves up to His standards, Jesus’ life and death would have been needless.  Point is, we need him and his atoning death to bridge that gap.

A few times over the years I’ve taken my young son to the playground.  He tries to do a pull-up on the bars but isn’t strong enough.  He simply didn’t have the strength to pull himself up.  He joked once that it would be cool if he could stand there and pull the bar down!  Indeed!  Not much of a pull-up and not a very strong bar if that were possible.  As his dad, I was happy to lift him up to the bar.  Relying on a strength outside of his own body, he was able to crest the bar.

Let’s be bold enough to call sin what it is.  Let’s be bold enough to tell others, in love, that the bridge ahead of them is washed out—that they need to stop and turn around!  But let us also be resolute in knowing what a sin is.  Society doesn’t get to move the goalposts in this game.  We didn’t invent the game, we didn’t mark the boundaries, and we just don’t get to change the rules whenever we want to.

 

 

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Titanic Opportunity


The iceberg has been hit!  The ship is taking on water!

You are part of the crew and are responsible for helping save the passengers.  Now consider:

  1. You can debate whether the ship is going to sink,
  2. You can debate whether some of the passengers are worth saving,
  3. Or You can simply do your job and save as many as possible.

As Christians, we have a Bible and a doctrine that teaches us that the “ship” has already hit the iceberg and is doomed.  We aren’t here to debate the size of the iceberg, whether we hit it, the rate at which the ship is taking on water, or whether the ship will sink.  It’s not our place to try to determine which passengers are worthy of being saved.   Our mandate comes from One who wants all of the passengers saved.

There are some who are in the water and don’t believe they’re drowning.  There may be others on the deck who refuse to believe the ship will go down.  Still others may be convinced that the ship is in trouble but they’re afraid to jump.  We need to reach them all and as with the Titanic, time is running out.

It is not enough to say “I’m in a lifeboat, I’m good!”  No!  We are tasked to pull as many into the boats as we can.  Convince those who need it to jump into the water.  But convincing others of the peril and doom they face without a change in their situation is our job.

We have a Titanic opportunity before us!  All hands on deck!

Enough Already!


Look! Homosexuality is not the pet sin of the day or of the year. It’s been around for a long time and opposition to it has been too. If you’re tired of hearing the opposing view, consider that those of us who oppose it are tired of having it thrown in our face everywhere we turn!

We’re tired of the notion that those in favor have more right or reason to express themselves than we do!

Sexual sin, hetero or homo, is a sin! Call it what it is… I didn’t make the rules! Be glad about that! BUT I have broken them too! No-one of us in opposition is saying we’re perfect. What we don’t do, hopefully, is flaunt OUR sin and expect you to wink and nod and accept it–so don’t expect us to do that for you either.

The culture of the day accepting something doesn’t make it OK.

You have a belief system that teaches a point of view. You also don’t get to pick and choose which points are right and which are wrong–God didn’t make a mistake on making MAN AND WOMAN in HIS OWN IMAGE to be together and to form a union. (Phil Robertson is right on that point as well!)

A faith that has us cowering in a corner out of fear is what Peter had. I get that. But it’s time to stand up boldly and stand firm on our faith. Otherwise, it’s time to abandon the faith and just go off and try to be nice people–Humanists!

I’m not judging anyone here except myself. I’m admitting I’ve sinned sexually.

If I’m judging anyone or anything else, it’s God and the Bible. I’m judging them to mean what they say and not be open to revision by cultures that want to do whatever.

If I murder someone or steal, both called out as sins in the Bible, is someone judging me if they then say “murder is a sin” or “stealing is a sin”? Can you imagine a society where BOTH are OK and you are called a hater for saying some sinned by killing a person or by stealing?

Things are a bit crazy when good is called evil and evil is called good!

Isaiah 5:20

New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

20 Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.


In my day job, I’m an IT project manager.  It’s unheard of in the professional circles I’m in to launch any application without extensive testing.  You test the components individually, you test them together, and then you test it from end to end.  An example would be:

1.  The manufacturer of an aluminum wheel tests it for all applicable specifications

2.  The tire manufacturer tests the rubber and steel used in making tires.  Then they make the tires and test them

3.  SOMEONE puts the tire on the wheel and tests them together

4.  SOMEONE puts the tires and wheels on a vehicle and tests them together

glitchYou don’t want to buy untested wheels or tires.  So why would anyone want a Healthcare System that hasn’t been properly tested?  Shame on Kathleen Sebelius for letting HHS go forward with the system as they did.

Worse still, for this to be the President’s key initiative, how could HE not have been monitoring the launch?  It’s difficult to fathom that after the fracas with the House, he would simply let Oct 1st come and go without once asking for a status update!  Yet Secretary Sebelius says, and wants us to believe, that Obama didn’t know about the issues for days.

It is incompetent that she would let her boss, the President, be blindsided on this program!

It is incompetent that no-one in the White House said “Mr President, there’s an issue”.  Even in the TV shows, the President (actor) is portrayed getting news from CNN or similar new sources throughout the day.  Is the President that shielded?

If so, we no longer have a president—we have an emperor!  And he has no clothes!

But he has many loyal fools in his court who dare not tell him!

Incompetence!

MORE:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/23/politics/obamacare-sebelius-interview/

Not adequately tested…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/24/obamacare-website_n_4158117.html?1382638745

Moral Authority


Article:  “Maryland Attorney General:  I Had No ‘Moral Authority’ To Stop Underage Drinking At My Son’s Party

ganslerDoug Gansler, the AG in question, seems to confuse his “moral” authority with his “official” and “jurisdictional” authority.  As the party was in Delaware, he had no explicit authority based on his position as AG in a neighboring state.  However, he did have the moral authority to intervene.

Underage drinking was in progress.  Let’s be clear here—the law was being broken.  Yet he didn’t have the moral authority?

Had he walked in and found a child being sexually abused, would he say he had no moral authority to intervene?

So you say the difference is that it’s a child.

Someone is being harmed.

Use any excuse you will, moral authority is supposed to be that human sense of right and wrong that says we intervene when something wrong is occurring.

An AG who doesn’t understand moral authority has no business being the top law enforcement official anywhere!

 

 

More:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/24/doug-gansler-underage-drinking_n_4156285.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl4%7Csec3_lnk1%26pLid%3D395957


Mind if I just rant for a few?

Someone called me an Uncle Tom today for voicing an opinion that is not in line with her view about the Paula Deen issue.  Similarly, Justice Clarence Thomas was called an Uncle Tom for voting to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act yesterday.  Although I don’t like some of his views, I guess it can be said that we’re in good company!

Funny how the person who called me a “Tom” is upset about Paula Deen using a racial slur but feels free to use one herself.  Was it because she’s Black that she has special, hypocritical rights to use the term?

Sad how on hearing the outcome of the Court’s decision yesterday, our President pandered to the Black vote by expressing his disappointment at the outcome.  He’s really disappointed that the Court did its job and ruled rightly.  Bravo, Mr President, for uniting the country and for respecting the decision of the highest court!  You seemed to have no problem today with the DOMA and Prop 8 outcomes!

All three situations—Paula Deen, DOMA, and Prop 8—speak to major issues I have with my fellow African Americans:

1.  There is no tolerance for educated, independent, non-racially biased thought within the community.

2.  There is no respect for opinions that differ with their entitlement mentality.

3.  They are, by far, the most racially intolerant and hateful (even to their own) element in America.

A local talk-radio host asked a question recently.  He asked a caller if Al Sharpton spoke for African Americans.  What a funny question!  I was moved to call in and assure the host that Al Sharpton doesn’t speak for African Americans any more than George Wallace spoke for Whites!  He certainly doesn’t speak for me.  He is unelected and represents people and causes of HIS choosing.

And so back to the President.  Whether it be race, income, homosexuality, or just plain politics—no one has done more to divide this country than Barack Obama!!!  I’m convinced that he has done more to put this country on the path to civil unrest than anyone or anything before save the issues that besought this nation in the 1860s!

And finally,  back to Uncle Tom.  I doubt many of you reading this have ever read the referenced book.  For your education, here’s an excerpt of the entry in Wikipedia on “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”:

Uncle Tom, the title character, was initially seen as a noble, long-suffering Christian slave. In more recent years, however, his name has become an epithet directed towards African-Americans who are accused of selling out to whites. Stowe intended Tom to be a “noble hero”[26] and praiseworthy person. Throughout the book, far from allowing himself to be exploited, Tom stands up for his beliefs and is grudgingly admired even by his enemies.

As a Christian man by choice, and African American by circumstance, I owe a greater allegiance to God than to country.  And that allegiance goes first to my country—not to a racial affiliation.  Paula Deen was honest and apologized.  Forgive her and move on.  If that warrants calling me an Uncle Tom, so be it.

The Voting Rights Act was improperly managed over the decades and the Supreme Court decision was just.  If that warrants calling Clarence Thomas an Uncle Tom, so be it.

More than a racial slur, I wear the name as a badge of courage to speak my mind and to not bow my intellect or knee to anyone—Black or White!  I hope Justice Thomas can say the same!


Tragically, two people died.

Ironically, these two people were considered to be motivational speakers and advisers.

The two recently departed, Lynne Rosen and John Littig, hosted a radio show in NYC called “Pursuit of Happiness” on WBAI-FM.  Their umbrella program is “Why Not Now” which offers life coaching, consultation, and solutions.

They were found in their Brooklyn apartment—a double-suicide.  Their chosen method:  Plastic bags!

imagesAs reported in the New York Observer, the couple had recently advised a caller to the show to “Push yourself when there’s nothing left to go on,” Ms. Rosen counseled. “Remember, positivity is precious.”

In one recording on their website, Lynne tells listeners that we must power ourselves from within.

They looked at the world, the challenges of this world, and then took a long look at themselves.

So much for motivating others!

So much for life coaching!

So much for solutions!

And so much for pursuing happiness!

When you look within yourself for empowerment, you are looking at a finite source.  You are looking at something that is insignificantly small when compared to all there is around us.

A battery does not recharge itself.  When it’s drained, it’s dead.

No respectable coach enters a sporting event and quits in front of his team and fans.

I’m not sure how many people this couple genuinely helped during their six years or so of their radio program but I hope their former listeners at least got enough out of the drivel to know that suicide is not a solution.

We cannot power ourselves from within.  Need to find an inexhaustible, external power source?

Comment and I’ll plug you in.