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Churches are Open…But Still Not All of Them

Churches are opening around the United States. I am beyond blessed that I live in a country that allows the freedom of religion and the freedom of assembly.

I’m still going to play it safe by watching my church service online, but I don’t look down on anyone who goes to the actual building for the service. That is the freedom we have in the United States. After a couple of months of the buildings being closed for normal service they are now opening.

I pose this question. Is anyone going to be posting next week demanding churches to be open? Stating that it is our human right and freedom to congregate together. Or will the passionate flame die because their wrong has been righted?

It’s going to be sad to not see those posts anymore. You know why?

Millions of Christians around the world will not be able to attend a church because it’s illegal in their country.

North Korea – Christians are considered enemy of the state. You can be imprisoned or executed

Somalia – converting to Christianity is illegal. Christians are likely to be killed on the spot

Iraq – christians are forced to convert, pay a punitive tax or be killed

Syria – Christians are often abducted and killed

Afghanistan – Christians can be killed

Sudan – converting is Christianity is punishable by death.

Iran – Christianity is allowed, but Christians are raided by the government and treated like second class citizens

Maldives – converting to Christianity means forfeiting your citizenship. Owning a Bible is punishable by death.

There are many other countries in Asia and Africa where it is dangerous to practice your faith.

If you were passionate about opening the churches in your hometown, what are you going to do for your brothers and sisters in Christ across the world?

Or will you do nothing because you are able to sit back down in your pew?

Let us not turn a blind eye to those suffering for their faith around the world. If we do, we are just selfish, entitled Americans like the rest of the world thinks we are.

Let’s prove them wrong.

As Brooke Fraser sings in Albertine

Now that I have seen, I am responsible
Faith without deeds is dead
now that I have held you in my own arms, I cannot let go till you are

I will tell the world, I will tell them where I’ve been
I will keep my word
I will tell them Albertine

Are you going to speak up for them?

Peace

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Can We Truly Blame COVID for Our Financial Problems?

This may be a hard post to read, but I keep reading headline, tweets, blogposts and Facebook posts about the economy crumbling.

Yes, the stock market isn’t doing great after record highs. But isn’t that the adage, “What goes up must come down?” And then it will go back up again.

I see reports on record high unemployment. I hear people complaining about the government’s controlling grip. But every time I ask my friends and family how they are doing, everyone is surviving.

Unemployment is high, but I also see many places hiring. I have heard from employers that they are opening back up, but their employees don’t want to return because their unemployment checks are larger than their paychecks.

The government released the stimulus checks to lower income individuals to help with their bills and people keep begging for more.

It said in various news articles that less than 30% of Americans are financially stable. That is a sad statistic. And you know what else is sadder. This was the statistic from

November 2019 before the COVID crisis. When unemployment was low. The stock market was high. People were rich…or so they thought.

Here is a very interesting article. You should check it out.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/donnafuscaldo/2019/11/15/most-americans-struggling-financially-despite-the-strong-economy/#77a8935b4b6b

Why are we blaming the government or COVID for our financial demise, when we should be blaming ourselves for not having a savings account?

Because it’s easier to blame someone than take responsibility for our own mess.

It’s more fun to poke fun at others than look inwardly and see the mistakes we each have made.

It’s more opportune to be a bully than whip yourself into shape.

Because fixing our messes takes work and sadly, many of us are lazy. Yes, we are lazy.

So, the next time you start picking out the flaws in other people’s plans for your safety and security, maybe you should reflect on your own plan. Do you have one?

It’s been stated to have at least 3 months of expenses saved up. If you followed this guideline, you would be fine right now. You would be fine.

If you don’t…then you are living above your means and it’s time to slash the non essentials out of your life.

Or you can continue to complain how the world is going down. I guess that is why I see so much negativity right now. Over 70% were struggling before and probably now.

I hope this time will be a lesson for us all. Us all.

Peace

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Why Does Science and Faith Have To Divide? Population Question

I feel like I am well educated. I made good grades through school, graduated college, received post collegiate certifications. I feel I am well rounded in my knowledge in various topics. But if I question scientists theories on some issues, I’m labeled a moron or a simpleton or naive.

One question I have is based on history and our population.

Here are some scientific facts and beliefs

Current world population is 7.8 billion as of May 2020

The world population reached the first billion in 1804

There were approximately 170 million people on the earth at 1 AD

Humans evolved in Modern day Africa 200,000 years ago and then started migrating around the world

The population didn’t start growing until after 10,000 BC and started to show real growth 5,000 BC. The population remained less than 1 million until this time due to lack of education in agriculture

American Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

https://humanorigins.si.edu/human-characteristics/humans-change-world

I have attached these websites and videos if you are interested.

I have a hard time believing that humans were on the planet for almost 200,000 years before they started populating. Sciences defense is a theory that the early humans didn’t know how to grow crops well, and so they never lived very long and if they had children, their children didn’t live for very long. Thus causing the population to never expand. Until dramatically around 5,000 BC.

I have a hard time understanding how a clay pot they find in Africa can be dated 150,000 BC. I understand the concept of carbon dating, but carbon dating doesn’t give detailed dates. It gives a broad range that even science says isn’t fully reliable (see below). I know I was born in 1981, the Eiffel Tower was built in 1889, and Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel, was painted in 1512. There are definitive dates for these items, but science uses 100,000 to millions of years in their dating. And in the fine print, many times it states theory.

So, let’s say they find a clay pot in Africa. Scientist say that civilizations didn’t start to understand agriculture until 5,000 BC. I’m not trying to sound facetious, but whose to say they mastered pottery in 100,000 BC? A clay pot preserved enough to stand the test of time for 100,000 years. They might have been killed off because they didn’t understand cultivation, but they knew how to make a lasting piece of Tupperware? I’m really not trying to poke fun. I’m just looking at it from a different perspective.

Also, I do not mean to sound degrading at this next comment, but there are many tribal communities in Africa and throughout the world that still live like they did thousands of years ago. They make clay pots, they build huts out of straw, they whittle weapons out of sticks. Their products are old age looking. What if the clay pot someone finds is actually just a few years old that got buried by a windstorm? What if the findings are from a family that died from a storm 50 years ago and not 50,000 years?

I’m just saying, what if? What if the complexities of carbon dating are not totally accurate because we can’t ask someone to verify that this piece of pottery is 55,000 years old. All we have is a theory with proven tests. I’m not saying science is manipulating us. I do not think that anyone is doing anything fraudulently. I’m just asking, what if it’s not right?

Time and time again I find reports that say carbon dating isn’t perfect.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/archaeology/radiocarbon-dating-explained/#close

People may think my faith is leaning me. But I’m here to say that as I went to school, I believed in evolution and the timeline of the earth stated by scientists. It probably wasn’t until the last 10 years that I started heavily questioning the reliability of these large estimated timelines and theories. I thought in school, they must be right. I’m just a student and they are much, much smarter than me. But the more I researched, the more I found the word theory in their thesis or published papers.

A theory is not always right. But if you can’t disprove it, then it may be possible.

Scientists go through grueling tests to prove their findings. And if no one can disprove it, it becomes truth.

I do not claim to understand everything. I am someone who asks questions and search for answers. Just because someone tells me the rose is yellow, I usually don’t believe it unless I see the rose. The same with theories. I sometimes have a cynical mind until I find conclusive proof.

Something that I find interesting is that in all my research the Middle East (Mesopotamia) is one of the first areas to always create civilization and it always begins between 10,000 BC to 5,000 BC. If humans evolved on this planet 200,000 years ago why isn’t there civilizations before this. And it’s interesting how these dates coincide with Biblical accounts of history. And the first book in the Bible, Genesis, states the first humans were in the Mesopotamia area.

When the writer of Genesis didn’t know that scientist were going to say that the first civilization was in the Middle East. The writer wrote what happened. The Bible also have detailed accounts of lineage. But they also have segments where they say, and they had other children and do not list each of their names. I feel like the writers would have put something in the Bible that said, “There were other people before Adam and Eve,” or “This does not account for all the people in the lineage.” But it never does, it gives specific names and sometimes ages. I often think, what person would spend a day writing fake names for a book that isn’t true just so they would have a fake lineage? There are multiple places in the Bible that all it is are names and names and more names. Very boring to read…but what if this is to prove this book has some factual importance.

The writers of the Bible didn’t think that people would be dissecting the text for historical relevance. No. They only wrote what they knew.

Many scientists have tried to debunk the Bible’s historical accuracy, only to find out that kings or cities that were unknown by them were later discovered in archeological digs. I’m not going to get into the authentication of the Bible being true as a religious work, but it’s been proven true many times in the historical aspect within its pages. Also, many scientists use religious texts in research and analysis.

So my question goes out.

How can science say that humans have been on the planet for 200,000 years when the only conclusive findings they have occur after 10,000 BC?

I have found documents that show how the biblical account of Genesis gets to our current population.

https://creation.com/biblical-human-population-growth-model

People may call me foolish, but I at least try to look at both sides of the argument.

If anyone has any good resources or thoughts, please let me know. This has always interested me.

Peace

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I Didn’t Know God was a Democrat – Pop Quiz at the End

I am not a political person. I do not affiliate with one political party. During each election I look at the candidates and I vote for which person I feel is the best candidate. In fact, in the last decade I have voted for both democrats and republicans.

Yes, I’m one of those people that looks at both sides before I make my informed opinion. Some of my friends and family tell me that I play devils advocate, but I think in many situations you have to ask the questions. You have to ask questions to answers you think you already know. 

IF THIS SOUNDS FAMILIAR – I POSTED IT YESTERDAY – Scroll down for the new section

It is better to ask questions than be foolishly led astray. And in today’s society it is easy to be led blindly into a pit. And you may not even see it until it’s too late sometimes.

Jesus answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:13-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I am a questioner and one of my favorite verses in the Bible is based upon fact finding.

“The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭17:10-11‬ ‭ESV
‬‬

The people in Berea didn’t take Paul at his word. They listened to what he said and then they searched for the answers for themselves. They searched for confirmation that what he was saying was truth. Paul was just a man like any other man. Men sometimes do not say things correctly. 

I tell my students all the time during our lessons “do not take my word for it, but find the answers yourself.” If you always believe what you are taught, you are bound to believe some incorrect things. One person is not always right. 

If you think they are, you have made them into a false god.

Sadly, we don’t search for truth. We search for acceptance. We search for likeminded companions. We search for community. Sadly, this is how every cult is formed. 

Acceptance, companionship and community are some good things. But good things can be tainted when they are held in the wrong hands.

Whose hands are you holding onto?

Are you being led blindly by falsified news reports, facebook posts, catchy memes? Here are a few tips:

1. When you read something, look at the source.

Do you remember the child’s game Telephone? Someone whispers into someone’s ear and the phrase is passed around. It’s interesting how “Your dog is the prettiest animal I have seen with his golden fun and bright eyes” can change to “Your waffles this morning were the best tasting with their golden maple syrup.” 

2. Find the original source and take the middle man out.

If you are reading articles on briefings, why not just watch the media briefing yourself? Do not let the media outlet spin the message to best suit their viewership. Because many of them will do it. It’s been proven that the liberal and conservative news both have bent the truth with fabrications. But if you get down to the origin, they were reporting on the same event. They just highlighted the moments they wanted you to remember.

3. Don’t jump on bandwagons driven by people you do not know

Rumors spread faster than the truth. Gossip is passed around quicker than the COVID virus. And it’s just as deadly. Reputations can crumble, relationships can break, lives can be damaged. Stick and stones have lasting effects. Wounds may heal, but relationships may not. 

4. Be wise with your postings

Andy Stanley wrote a book years ago “The Beat Question Ever” and throughout he would ask, “Is this a wise thing to do?” Before you post something ask yourself , “Is this wise to post this?” In life you sometimes do not get second chances. Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, you can’t put it back in. 

5. Do not post or say anything in anger or haste

Just as Thumper’s mother said, it’s still as important today. “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”

6. Be kind

People are more receptive to a conversation if you are not screaming down their throat. What would you listen to more? A friendly response or a protesters shout? Yelling “You’re stupid! You’re going to Hell! Baby killer! Whale murderer! Repent! Liar!”

I’m more willing to listen to someone over a coffee. Not a rude post.

May we all do a better job finding the truth. The truth is out there. It may not be what you expect. May we each be humble enough to accept that the truth we believe now may actually be wrong.

Are you up to the challenge?

I am.

Let me know your thoughts!

Peace

As I was jogging tonight, a thought popped into my head. The point of me reposting this blog is to show that God doesn’t side with a political party. He doesn’t bend a little lower to hear a Republican pray and He doesn’t lean more toward a Democrat for their cause.

God doesn’t need to lean to us. We need to lean to Him.

So pop quiz time. Here are some quotes from some politicians over the last 100 years that can be found in speeches, or tweets or Facebook posts or books. And I want you to tell me which political party each quote is from. If you can name the politician give your self an extra point for each one you get right. We all like extra credit.

Ready?

1. I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.

2. Even today I am not ashamed to say that, overpowered by stormy enthusiasm, I fell down on my knees and thanked Heaven from an overflowing heart for granting me the good fortune of being permitted to live at this time.

3. Once again the songs of the Fatherland roared to the heavens along the endless marching columns, and for the last time the Lord’s grace smiled on His ungrateful children.

Any ideas? Tricky isn’t it.

4. But if out of smugness, or even cowardice, this battle is not fought to its end, then take a look at the peoples 500 years from now. I think you will find but few images of God, unless you want to profane the Almighty.

5. Anyone who dares to lay hands on the highest image of the Lord commits sacrilege against the benevolent Creator of this miracle and contributes to the expulsion from paradise.

No cheating…how do you think you are doing?

6. It may be that today gold has become the exclusive ruler of life, but the time will come when man will again bow down before a higher god.

7. We don’t ask the Almighty, “Lord, make us free!” We want to be active, to work, to work together, so that when the hour comes that we appear before the Lord we can say to him: “Lord, you see that we have changed.”

8. Thus inwardly armed with confidence in God and the unshakable stupidity of the voting citizenry, the politicians can begin the fight for the “remaking” of the Reich as they call it.

How do you think you did?

Can you tell by these quotes which political party said each of these?

I didn’t pick quotes from unknown politicians. You will recognize each one. And the scary thing is…each quote sounds good.

Ready for the answers?

If you haven’t figured some of them, hopefully you got at least the last quote. There was a hint. The last quote came from the Nazi party. Adolf Hitler wrote it in Mein Kampf.

So, there was a trick to show how one of the cruelest humans ever alive can wrap himself in the cloak of religion. And people followed him. They followed him by killing millions of innocent people for no other reason than who they were.

Leaning too much toward a political party isn’t a good thing, because looking back people see Hitler as a cruel dictator, but at the time, Time named him “Man of the Year” in 1938. He was followed and revered by millions.

Ready for the various political parties that said 1 through 7 or do you understand that it doesn’t really matter?

But if you are wondering…

Adolf Hitler said them all.

Peace

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I Didn’t Know God was a Republican? – 6 Steps in Finding the Truth

I am not a political person. I do not affiliate with one political party. During each election I look at the candidates and I vote for which person I feel is the best candidate. In fact, in the last decade I have voted for both democrats and republicans.

Yes, I’m one of those people that looks at both sides before I make my informed opinion. Some of my friends and family tell me that I play devils advocate, but I think in many situations you have to ask the questions. You have to ask questions to answers you think you already know.

It is better to ask questions than be foolishly led astray. And in today’s society it is easy to be led blindly into a pit. And you may not even see it until it’s too late sometimes.

Jesus answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:13-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I am a questioner and one of my favorite verses in the Bible is based upon fact finding.

“The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭17:10-11‬ ‭ESV
‬‬

The people in Berea didn’t take Paul at his word. They listened to what he said and then they searched for the answers for themselves. They searched for confirmation that what he was saying was truth. Paul was just a man like any other man. Men sometimes do not say things correctly.

I tell my students all the time during our lessons “do not take my word for it, but find the answers yourself.” If you always believe what you are taught, you are bound to believe some incorrect things. One person is not always right.

If you think they are, you have made them into a false god.

Sadly, we don’t search for truth. We search for acceptance. We search for likeminded companions. We search for community. Sadly, this is how every cult is formed.

Acceptance, companionship and community are some good things. But good things can be tainted when they are held in the wrong hands.

Whose hands are you holding onto?

Are you being led blindly by falsified news reports, facebook posts, catchy memes? Here are a few tips:

1. When you read something, look at the source.

Do you remember the child’s game Telephone? Someone whispers into someone’s ear and the phrase is passed around. It’s interesting how “Your dog is the prettiest animal I have seen with his golden fun and bright eyes” can change to “Your waffles this morning were the best tasting with their golden maple syrup.”

2. Find the original source and take the middle man out.

If you are reading articles on briefings, why not just watch the media briefing yourself? Do not let the media outlet spin the message to best suit their viewership. Because many of them will do it. It’s been proven that the liberal and conservative news both have bent the truth with fabrications. But if you get down to the origin, they were reporting on the same event. They just highlighted the moments they wanted you to remember.

3. Don’t jump on bandwagons driven by people you do not know

Rumors spread faster than the truth. Gossip is passed around quicker than the COVID virus. And it’s just as deadly. Reputations can crumble, relationships can break, lives can be damaged. Stick and stones have lasting effects. Wounds may heal, but relationships may not.

4. Be wise with your postings

Andy Stanley wrote a book years ago “The Beat Question Ever” and throughout he would ask, “Is this a wise thing to do?” Before you post something ask yourself , “Is this wise to post this?” In life you sometimes do not get second chances. Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, you can’t put it back in.

5. Do not post or say anything in anger or haste

Just as Thumper’s mother said, it’s still as important today. “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”

6. Be kind

People are more receptive to a conversation if you are not screaming down their throat. What would you listen to more? A friendly response or a protesters shout? Yelling “You’re stupid! You’re going to Hell! Baby killer! Whale murderer! Repent! Liar!”

I’m more willing to listen to someone over a coffee. Not a rude post.

May we all do a better job finding the truth. The truth is out there. It may not be what you expect. May we each be humble enough to accept that the truth we believe now may actually be wrong.

Are you up to the challenge?

I am.

Let me know your thoughts!

Peace

COVID

The Ice Cream Paradox – Am I Foolish?

I love ice cream. I love it probably a little too much. I understand how people can sit down and eat an entire carton in one sitting when the mood strikes them.

It’s my body and if I want to gorge myself on nothing but ice cream day in and day out, no one would probably stop me. I may have some friends and family who would voice some concern, but at the end of the day, it would be my decision. My decision wouldn’t impact anyone else. If I died of this because all the sugar shocked my body, I would be the only one to blame.

I think we would all agree that this would be a foolish way to die. Gluttony at its worst.

But what if I force my children to only eat ice cream? Would someone step in and stop me because this isn’t good parenting? Social services would be called because I would be deemed an unfit parent. Hopefully you agree that this is not a good parenting technique.

As parents you set rules to teach your children how to live good and respectful lives. Boundaries can be both restrictive and necessary. The kids may kick and scream saying it’s unfair you won’t let them stay up all night, but they don’t see the negative affects of not getting a good night sleep. They only see that you are being a meanie.

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:11‬ ‭ESV
‬‬

Good parents discipline their kids. All kids need disciplining.

We all have rules that we follow and adhere too and we don’t say anything because the rules are there to protect. To drive a speeding vehicle you have to pass a test. That’s a good rule. To be a surgeon you have to go to school and pass your boards. That’s a good rule to remember when you are about to get cut on by a doctor. To be a commercial pilot they have to have many hours of training and follow aviation guidelines. I think that is awesome as I try to fall sleep on a flight with some peace of mind.

These rules do not infringe on me in anyway. They are there to protect.

It is against the law to drink and drive. I think almost everyone would agree that this is a good rule to help keep the other drivers on the road safe. But it also keeps the drunk driver safe. They may be angry when their friends take their keys, but good friends take the keys from drunk friends. The drunk friend may kick and scream like a child, but the sober minded people know it’s not a good decision to let a drunk drive home.

It is better to have a drunk friend mad at you for a night than to have the drunk friend die because you didn’t ruffle their feathers.

“Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭ESV
‬‬

There may be times when you see people in a social setting and you may not see the proof they are drunk. They are talking rationally, giving eye contact, and seem in their right mind. But sitting at a bar and sitting behind a wheel is two different types of standards on drunkenness.

The same can be said for people who have COVID. They could be in the store with no symptoms and people could assume they are fine. Only for them to be asymptomatic or a carrier for the sickness. You may think I’m am stretching here, but a drunk driver never thinks he is going to have a wreck and hurt someone. The same can be said for people who unknowingly have COVID.

You can’t always tell a drunk by how they look and you can’t always tell someone who has COVID by how they look. It’s the same thing. And sadly, both can have deadly consequences.

If you want to live a life of defiance, that is your right. But think about the people around you. If someone asks you to wear a mask to help protect yourself or others, are you going to be polite and follow because really, what harm will it do? Or are you going to be a screaming kid saying it’s not fair?

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:15‬ ‭ESV

I feel like I listen. I do not get angry or shout at anyone who disagrees with me. I listen to their point of view and then I make my decision. I do not bad mouth people who disagree me. I do not scorn politicians for laws I do not agree with. I do not live my life in defiance, but I try to live my life in peace and unity with all.

Some may see my post as derogatory, but as I write this, I’m writing it to myself. To encourage myself to be respectful as Christ calls us to live. To be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19)

To remind myself that God doesn’t grant us an easy life, but he promises he will never leave us. To give me hope that this too shall pass and three strains a cord is not easily torn. To cling to the promises God has placed in His Holy Word.

This post is not to point fingers, because I am trying to find the splinter in my own eye as I type this. Am I being too preachy? Am I being boastful? Am I being hypocritical?

You may be thinking that about me, but I’m here to say, I’ve thought it too. I’ve stopped and reflected on the words. Words I feel are here to edify others, not tear them down. Words written to unify not divide. Words to lift others up and not myself. Words to protect all.

I hope these words are receptive. I may not always be right, but I am humble enough to listen to those who may have a differing opinion backed by substantial reasoning.

If you agree or disagree, please let me know.

I will keep walking the wrong way until someone stops me and points me in the right direction.

Can you say the same?

Peace

COVID

The Depressing Side of COVID-19…My Sincerest Apology

This COVID-19 has brought a low to my usually upbeat, optimistic self. But it’s not the quarantine that has caused my blues. It’s not the shrinking feeling of cabin fever that has awaken my sadness. It’s not the fear of getting the sickness.

It’s the Facebook posts I see. It’s the Tweets I cringe at. It’s the Blogs I read. It’s the Instagram photos I want to delete.

And the sad thing is, it’s not posts about people’s depression or loved ones death during this pandemic. It’s the hurtful posts I read time and time again.

It saddens me when the unbelieving people of this world groups all Christians together as weak minded, followers, who don’t study science and cannot have an intelligent discussion. They see us bible thumpers who get enjoyment out of striking down anyone who disagrees with us. And then they call us hypocrites and we get madder and the cycle starts back up.

It saddens me that I would also call us hypocrites as I see how many of us act, spewing and twisting our verses to best suit our personal agenda.

It saddens me to read that people are posting about masks and their freedom not to wear it by stating, “It’s my body and it’s my choice.” While last October during election time when Pro-Choice activities chanted this, the Pro-Lifers would roll their eyes. It’s the double standard that saddens me. And we wear it cloaked in the freedom of religion.

It saddens me that many believers aren’t sad over these comments. But they find pleasure in fanning the flames in the controversy.

It saddens me that society will blowup one believers comments and spin it to make all Christians look foolish. Not all Muslims are terrorist (just a small portion) just as not all Christians are terrorist (just a small portion). But that small portion infects society and the sound reasoning of the other 99.99% get overlooked.

It saddens me that people who are not believers may not look into faith because of a bad experience with a Christian. A bad discussion, a bad tweet, a bad post.

If this doesn’t sadden you, why doesn’t it?

Christ said we are to care more about others than ourselves. When we debate and argue for our personal agenda, who is that helping? It just makes the division bigger. Christ laid down His life for sinners and we won’t even stop a Facebook feud. Christ could have stopped his death, but didn’t because His death served a greater purpose.

Are your belligerent social media posts serving a bigger purpose? Your inflated ego isn’t a good purpose.

That saddens me.

I wonder what Jesus would say if He was here?

Would He be fighting the government? Yelling in their face that it’s His right to sing in church?

Sadly, I don’t see Him doing that.

I see him knocking on His neighbors door making sure they were provided for. I see Him praying in secret for guidance like how He would often do when He needed to focus. I see Him speaking on Zoom and through other technology formats to spread the message of hope to as many people that He could.

I never have read a story in the New Testament where Jesus said to defy and protest against the government. He told His believers to pay the taxes and to respect the government.

I never read anywhere where Jesus said to retaliate against people who disagree with you. But I read,

You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:38-42‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Some may say that Christ got upset in the temple and cleared it out and will use that as a defense for their cause. But he was cleansing the Temple. The house of God. Not a personal vendetta or a governmental issue. He was cleaning up the mess in the church. I think He would once again want to clean out the church. We may not be selling sacrifice pigeons for profit, but we are using the bride of Christ as a prostitute for our own good. Strutting her around for our own political gain. And that saddens and sickens me.

Why can’t we just follow as Christ tells us and love. Just as Paul wrote,

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Are the posts you are reading from Christians, hateful or rude or arrogant or boastful. If so, from the bottom of my heart, I’m sorry. Christ’s teachings are not about division or conspiracies or one upping someone else with zingers and memes. Christ summed up the law in two sentences,

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:37, 39-40‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Christ said for us to love. Love God and love others. He didn’t say for us to love those that agree with us. He didn’t draw a line that said if you cross I won’t love you. He didn’t put any stipulations on the reasons to love.

He just said for us to love.

So, yes, I’m sad. Because as much as I want to love, it’s hard when I see bridges burning and the chasm of grace keeps expanding by my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Instead of throwing a rope for others to cross, they are walking away because they are safe. And for that I am deeply sorry. Heart wrenching sorry. I hope you can forgive us for how we have acted and the words we have inflicted with pain. I hope you can see the true teachings of Christ. I hope you can befriend a believer and ask questions and have an adult rational dialogue.

This gives me a little hope. A hope that change can happen.

I just wish the hymn that many sing wouldn’t just be a song to sing. But a movement.

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
And we pray that our unity will one day be restored
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
Yeah they’ll know we are Christians by our love

We will work with each other, we will work side by side
We will work with each other, we will work side by side
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
Yeah, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

I hope you know I am a Christian by my love. May that be my prayer from now on.

Maybe tomorrow will be a better day.