Friday, May 23, 2014

It's a Curse

Hypocrisy is difficult to deal with. When I observe it, it tends to make me mad. When my wife observes it, she can hardly contain herself with righteous indignation. When I think of hypocrisy, I most often think of it as being applied to Christians, who have claimed to have a moral stand against something "wicked" but have then proceeded to be involved in exactly that. As a Christian, I've been a hypocrite...not intentionally, but usually with my kids, I'll find that I've failed on a moral level. It usually comes in the form of me yelling at my son, "You should not react with anger when you don't like something!!!!" Um...unless you're a that's not right either. Ok. So Christians are hypocrites...forgiven and (hopefully) letting God's Spirit guide our actions in accordance with His will.

What about Jesus? Jesus was not a hypocrite. Going way back in time, before Twitter, before Y2K, before Walmart, before Prohibition, before the Battle of the Alamo, before Columbus' famous voyage, before Guttenburg...well, you get the idea...back at the very beginning, there was freedom in the Garden of Eden. The only guideline was to avoid eating from a single tree. There were no other boundaries. Adam and Eve had a chance to show the Creator that they trusted him completely by obeying this single guideline and enjoying fellowship with Him. But when they thought they knew better than Almighty God...with a little deceit and doubt thrown in there by the serpent ("Did God REALLY say...?"), the repercussions were catastrophic. To quote from Genesis 3 when God had to enter his newly tarnished creation after the prideful sin of Adam and Eve,

Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it', Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.

So death, that terrible enemy, made itself prevalent within creation. Why are thorns and thistles mentioned in the curse? In the same sentence that describes Adam's inevitable death, God declares that mankind will face the problem of thorns. Odd.

Looking ahead to the fulfillment of God's promise to crush the head of the serpent through the offspring of the woman, Jesus lived a perfect life, but faced the final enemy (I Cor 15:26) with purpose and resolve. About the events just prior to Jesus' death, Mark records this:

They put a purple robe on him, then  twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.

The curse of sin was explicitly stated in the garden as thorns and death. Jesus took both of these upon himself and decisively defeated them both with his resurrection. Thankfully, the perfect Messiah, who did not come to restore Israel's political dominance in worldly affairs, took the curse of sins upon himself so that we could be restored to life.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tim Tebow deserves an apology

There's not much to add to this posting by Matt Walsh, but people need to be wary about not being overly effusive with praise when gay people make the news.

Plenty of people have already said it, but it’s true that many of the Michael Sam cheerleaders are hypocrites of the lowest sort. Say what you will about Tim Tebow; one thing you can’t deny is that the dude was told loudly, harshly, and frequently, to ‘keep his religion to himself.’ Football isn’t a place for religion, they said.
But football is a place for sexual identity discussions?

I've talked with a friend of mine about how the gay agenda will affect enrollment, grants, and employment at openly Christian universities. Will the government deny grants/scholarships/loans to students who choose to go to Biola, LeTourneau University, or Oklahoma Baptist University? Will this persecution cause Christian universities to change their hiring practices...or will the lower enrollments cause them to close their doors?

I do not consider myself a homophobe as I've had friends who are gay. Like everyone, we are all sinners in need of repentance and the grace provided by Jesus's sacrifice. Gay people have simply chosen to define themselves by their a thief might come out of the closet saying that he is a criminal.

In the end, maybe Tim Tebow can get a chance to share the good news with Michael Sam, and Sam will choose to follow Christ.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

He's not as effective as Hitler...yet

Tracking the donations of Warren Buffet over the last decade or so has revealed that this man has provided over $1.2 BILLION...with a 'B' to promote and execute the murder of children.

So the $1.2 billion that Buffett gave to these organizations is enough to pay for the abortions of more than 2.7 million babies in the womb.
To put that in perspective, Warren Buffett donated enough money to abortion groups to perform as many abortions as there are people in the entire city of Chicago. 

With a little more time and disposable income,  Buffett might be able to exterminate the population of the midwest.

Although Hitler was more effective over a shorter period of time, Buffet is gaining ground as one of the foremost murderers over the last hundred years. In fact, a case could be made (that since the $1.2 BILLION was all donated after the year 2000) that Warren Buffet is the millennium's keenest killer!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Garbage in, Garbage out

I debate about whether to link to The Matt Walsh blog for his latest post, so I won't. I highly encourage those which strong stomach to read the text and see how God leads you to act. Be careful not to scroll too far down the page to avoid pictures of murdered children.

The post was driven by a video that a woman made during the premeditated murder of her firstborn child. It must grieve the heart of the Creator to see how his creation is behaving so openly wicked.

Even if you choose not to go to the post, this quote accurately depicts the nature of the soul

Your conscience is not a lunch tray, with all of the different components separated into their own compartments. Your conscience is a bucket, and everything you dump into it will mingle and mix with everything else. The point is, if you pour an acceptance of child murder into your bucket, it will poison everything else, and soon even the good parts will be colored and tainted by your tacit endorsement of violence against the innocent. It changes you, and how you see the world.

If you put garbage beliefs into your brain, your actions will be equally trashy.

The open murder of children in our culture is not the problem. It's just a symptom of the problem. The problem is the broken relationship between God and mankind. But the problem can be solved.