Archive for June, 2015

Evolution has Entered the Marriage Business

Absurd you say, how could evolution have anything to do with marriage? Let me tell you friends, worldwide people are rejoicing in the evolving of homo erectus! We have a Supreme court in our own country that claims that we have found new species of human beings that need special protection at the expense of the pre-existing humans. Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transexuals and Queers have been discovered to be a legitimate unique sub species. This odd group that defy any evolutionary logic(survival of the fittest and the deviation in reproduction patterns for the good of the species), have become the newest discovery from the “Thought Police” . We all know the” Thought Police Research Group” as the uncontested law givers that require no evidence whatsoever for their rulings. As a subsidiary of “People Enforcing Religious Vilification” (PERV), we have learned that God actually is responsible for this species and Christians have been oppressing them for millennia. That ancient book that the ignorant Christians read is just an effort to eradicate these rare flowery species who just want to be loved. Until PERV sanctions any other “Discoveries”  at the PERV Institute, these should be adequate to enforce “Cooperation” with all people now considered purveyors of hate speech. We may have more “Preferential” species forthcoming based on cash flow issues.

Silly you say, but isn’t it frightening how quickly sin has become a protected class? Would any of you have thought in your wildest nightmare that people could “Identify” with any sex they wanted and we have to obey them? They cant even figure out what sex they are and we have to cater to individuals with a psychiatric disorder.

So what does that archaic book that the Christians follow say?

Genesis 5:2 : He created them male and female and He blessed them and called them human.

Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female

Maybe God didn’t know what PERV knows. God made male and female, no other protected human species. Perhaps God even meant what He said in Romans 1:22-32

” Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over to sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator-who is forever praised Amen.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their woman exchanged their natural relations for unnatural ones. in the same way men abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with men, and received within themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy murder, strife, deceit and malice.. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless and ruthless. Although they know Gods righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

That seems pretty clear to me. Was there anything ambiguous about that? PERV doesn’t like it and is seeking to outlaw and belittle any mention of these words. Christians don’t get to pick what we believe, we don’t get to change Gods Word, and we are now hated by the newest species on earth. They are in the textbooks already anyway. Stand strong friends. don’t give up now, the fight has barely started.

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Uniquely Alone

I find it interesting that God decided that it isn’t good for man to be alone. He wasn’t alone, of course, but he didn’t have a suitable partner. Still, why is alone a bad thing? Could there be a reason that Adam felt alone, after all, the other creatures He created either weren’t alone or didn’t mind? I enjoy the solitude of a quiet walk or some nice reading time too, but it doesn’t seem like I belong here sometimes. Like I don’t fit in this picture.

I would like to suggest that people were made to feel alone intentionally. It seems to be a universal condition in our world today, we don’t like feeling alone, yet most would say they are. The irony is that we all go through periods of loneliness, regardless of how many people are around us. Think of the sins that are committed to avoid loneliness. Credit card sins, homosexual sins, cheating sins, lying sins, coveting and more than we ought to be able to think of in a sitting. So if sinning is the perceived cure for loneliness, why did God put that in us?

It doesn’t seem that anywhere in the Bible or society that any man could produce the cure for loneliness. It isn’t for the lack of trying, read Ecclesiastes written by King Solomon some time. The King denied himself nothing and was left wanting. Chasing after the wind he said. He had everything we could dream of at his disposal and in the end, nothing outside of God would satisfy him. Perhaps that is the key. We know that we don’t belong here and there is something more for us. Loneliness is like a homing device that doesn’t let us be satisfied with where we are and we know there is satisfaction somewhere, a greater purpose, we just need to seek it out. Christians know that the Bible is the word of God and is therefore the “treasure map” to the Savior. If we follow what it says we get warmer,and if we follow sin, the path gets colder. While we may make some pretty bad errors along the path, Jesus forgives missteps,  but not trying at all seems to really aggravate Him. If we aren’t trying, we aren’t teachable. If we think we have found a different way, it always ends badly. Stick to the map!

Without that feeling of loneliness, we wouldn’t know that there is more out there. We would be complacent to not seek God at all. Yet we all know that something is missing from our lives even though we cant always put our finger on it. It can be quite unsettling. While I don’t like feeling out of place, I’ve learned that if I read Gods word and study about what He’s trying to say to me, I feel like I fit the purpose that I was made for. Not perfectly, but enough to know that I’m headed in the right direction.

I still don’t like that odd,nobody understands, sort of lonely, but if I understand that the longing is Him calling me towards home, I guess I’m pretty thankful for it. I think God really knew what He was doing and I am humbly grateful that He cared enough to give this humble shoeshine boy a desire for more than the world has to offer. I don’t belong here friends, and neither do you. Lets head for home!

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A Funeral for Critical Thought

Today we see many people dancing in the streets, celebrating a world changing victory. They are celebrating a death. A death of critical thought. Reason has been martyred at the hands of feelings. Homosexuals are now free to march to the mosque of their choice and demand that the cleric perform the a wedding ceremony in the name of Allah! Funny, the rule applies to them, but you never hear it that way. Hmmm?  The very people who demand to feel accepted, have mercilessly fought logic and the Christian way of life, and won. Christians feelings don’t count and calling them horrible names is the “in” thing anyway. The LGBT folks really don’t offer the same acceptance that they demand. People weren’t denied love, they wont wake up in the morning in any differently than they woke today. Biology hasn’t changed, the crippling social penalties haven’t changed, statistical and historical facts haven’t changed and the God Christians follow has NOT changed His mind.  It isn’t the homosexual relationship that has changed, its that they can now legally bully Christians into accepting their sin as legitimate. Yes, they’ve won the governments sanction to attack the only people group that don’t want to hurt anyone. Those followers of Jesus that began these United States, gave dissenters the right to speak freely, but now that structure has been outlawed. The people who have a mandate from God to spread the love of God can now be stopped. Sued into silence seems to be the tool of choice.  Homosexuals have judicially found a way to block themselves from learning of a better way, the opportunity to turn back from sin and receive free forgiveness. You see the funeral they are celebrating is the death of that opportunity. We are forced to accept sin as normal. Today the sin is homosexual deviancy, but what will it be tomorrow?  Polygamy? Bestiality? Pedophilia? Sex slaves and human trafficking? Well, why not? Closed minded? The door has been opened to preference rights, so how can one person dictate to another what preference is acceptable? After all, who do you think you are, God? America wouldn’t accept what God said, even if He wrote a book.

Oh friends, even if you are celebrating today, you will soon be trampled under foot by the same monster you let loose. You should have thought this through. Now we are all in a horrible mess because you thought you could force people into accepting you. The LGBT folks that accepted you, have just used you. You weren’t clever, you were just a tool and now you’ve alienated the only people who really do love you. There is no true joy in sin, it never satisfies, and always demands more. All sin is like that, not just sexual. Greed, lust, pride, sin is sin. There is never peace. It will consume you just as it consumed those people on TV. Their anger will never be satisfied, they will demand more. Critical thought will have no place, as the thought police move in.

The only true love that exists is from God. Our sin, all sin, blocks us from receiving that love. We all want to be really loved but we accept such cheap temporal tokens as love and block out the real thing. Friends please reconsider your position. God wants to forgive you and accept you. Its absolutely free and it cant be bought at any price. What you have wont last and you will be alone and bitter. Christians are a whole bunch of very flawed people who accept Gods love on His terms. It isn’t always easy, but its true. We’d sure like you to join us, but I should warn you, we don’t have parades. Smile, and before my legal right to say it is gone, Jesus loves you!

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Have you Failed too?

Sometimes I’m struck by how little impact I have in our world. I hear preachers hype up the idea of Christians changing the world for Christ, yet I look around me and I just don’t see it. I don’t think I’ve had much of an impact at all. I know that my part is to do the work and leave the results to God. I can do that, but sometimes I look in my rearview mirror and it seems that nothing has changed. Not for the better anyway. The best of my efforts has yielded very little. I had a conversation with a close relative who claims to be a Christian recently and the beliefs she doggedly held to were as worldly as any anti-Christian atheist. It was just crushing to have someone that close espouse the lame “You cant believe what the Bible says” and “Those rules were for then and we’re more modern now” lines of a militant atheist. Or what about ” God just wants us to be happy so we can do whatever makes us happy.”  Entirely nonsensical statements from people who should know better. Its just brutal to hear such nonsense from someone close. If I cant even save my own, how can I save anyone else? I know, its Jesus that saves, but I think you get my drift. People say stupid things on television all the time and we’ve grown accustomed to that, but when I see so many friends and relatives believe the lies that the media and world offer. I cant help looking around and feeling quite lonely. I’m not bashful about my faith at all, and try to help at every opportunity, but no one has made a positive turn. None are closer to Jesus. Its like the Beatles song,”All the Lonely People.” Friends that is a depressing bit of realism.

If anyone tells you that being a real Christian is easy, they’re lying to you. Fake is easy. The burden of knowing the truth is finding out how much is untrue. Yes we can give our burdens to Jesus, but just seeing how messed up things are is tough to reason out. I suppose it gives me a great deal more empathy for Lot in Sodom. Everything around him was being taken over violently by sin and he and his family were isolated. I wonder how his day went, his interactions with relatives and former friends that he saw choose the popular “Latest” lie? What did he think about? Even though God brought him and most of his family out alive, Lots life was still plagued by trouble. Its a tough thing to watch and reason out. He seemingly made no positive difference.

I will always trust God and Jesus for my salvation and I will always be their humble servant. I trust that they know what they’re doing even though it looks really bad to me. I don’t know if I’m making any difference at all, but He is my master and I will serve Him. Its His show, not mine. I hope my bit of melancholy and spiritual doldrums fall under grace as well. Let me say to my fellow believers, I don’t think its wrong to get down about things, but its wrong to stay down.  Maybe offering a bit of encouragement to those who have helped you along your walk would be a fine thing too.

Until then friends,

” I look at all the lonely people, I look at all the lonely people, Elenore Rigby, Died in the church and was buried alone with her name, Nobody came, Father Mackenzie, Wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from her grave, No one was saved, All the lonely people, where do they all come from?, All the lonely people, where do they all belong?”

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Scarred up Old Bodies

Have you ever been around a group of old men when the subject of wounds and scars comes up? The stories are quite animated  and soon they’re rolling up their sleeves and pantlegs showing some nasty scars and laughing loudly at how they acquired them. Men love telling those stories. The welder shows some nasty burns, the machinists has some nasty cuts, and the carpenter is missing a finger. Generally the scars are from making some brief bad judgment. Motorcycles, bicycles, ski’s, you name it, we’ve crashed them and have the stories and marks to prove it. The pain was bad but we wouldn’t trade the scars for anything. Doctors were rarely consulted and we still survived. Old bodies have a lot of experience and the scars to show they’ve lived. worked, and played hard. Those old bodies are proudly beat up.

The most uncomfortable person in the room is the poor fellow with no scars,no stories, an unlived life. This chap played it safe and never risked anything or got hurt. He chose protecting himself as the greatest priority, whether from selfishness or cowardice. He probably didn’t want to get his shoes scuffed up and likely lived a comfortable soft life.

I wonder if we were to view the other part of ourselves, our spirit. If we were telling old man stories with Jesus, what would our souls look like? The part that only God can see. Do we have scars from serving him? Did we take crazy risks while others just stood by? Those ways we tried to serve Him and got burned. The times that either we messed up or someone took advantage of us. The scars of someone lashing back at us for standing up for Jesus. The burns from being used by a fake Christian. Stitches from being tore up over the martyrs  getting beheaded in Africa and the Middle East. The scrapes from our own mistakes, our attempts and bungles. The smashed hands from being made to feel small when we cant answer someone’s hard questions.

Or would we be more like the chap who played it safe. The fellow that has an unwounded soul. The untested soul that risked nothing and avoided any danger. No stories to tell.  The awkwardness from the silence from you and only Jesus able to show His wounds that He got from giving it all.

A tombstone shows a beginning date, a dash, and the end date. Everyone reading this is in the dash, the living part. Are you wasting the dash chasing more junk for the house, our bodies or the garage? Living solely for your personal comfort and gratification. Or are you getting out there taking risks and getting scars and stitches? Its risky to follow Jesus and Scripture tells us that the world will hate us. A true follower will get plenty of spiritual scars, but I want to tell Jesus all about my scars and why my spirit is so beaten up. My eyes tear up imagining Him telling me about His scars and wounds, and how He was all in for me too. I don’t want to be silent.

Go ding up your spirit friends. Take those risks and survive those wounds. We really aren’t here long anyway. Don’t let Jesus see that you weren’t all in for Him.

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