Archive for September, 2010

I’m Proud to be a Christian and the Jesus Followers

September 19, 2010

I saw it a few days ago. You see, my wife dabbles with Facebook a bit and one day, she was on it and I caught a posting that shocked me, just a bit.

Someone had started a thread, (I don’t know the Facebook terminology, so please bear with me), called “I’m Proud to be a Christian!” I thought to myself how that statement was diametrically opposed to what the Bible teaches on the subject. The more I thought about it, the more steamed I became. Who in their right mind is “proud” of being a Christian?

In the Bible, pride is described as yet another symptom of Mankind’s sinful condition.

Job 26:12 reads: “He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.”

Psalm 12:3 goes on to say: “The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things”,

Psalm 40:4 continues: “Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.”

Psalm 105:5 keeps the pressure on: “Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.”

Psalm 124:4 describes an attitude of proud people: “Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.”

Psalm 138:6 begs the question of Christian pride: “Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.”

Proverbs 6:17 mentions pride in the list of the six things God hates: “A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood …”

Proverbs 15:25 tells us that: “The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.”

Proverbs 16:5 reminds us that strength in numbers and unity will fail the proud: “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord:though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.”

Proverbs 16:18 continues with warnings against pride. “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Isaiah 2:12 teaches us that the Day of the Lord will humble the proud. “ For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon everyone that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:”

Now, I’ve not listed all the Scripture references to pride in the Word, but I hope that I’ve encouraged you, Dear Reader, to check your common wisdom with the Words of God before jumping on the professing church’s bandwagon of Christian pride. That’s an oxymoron if ever there was, or at least, it should be. You brought nothing to the Cross. You did nothing to please God. You did not earn your salvation. You have NOTHING to be proud about! Go back to the foot of that old rugged cross and sit there for awhile. Contemplate what the Cross is and what it means. Repent! Come back to God and His Word while you still can.

Now, let’s talk about these “Jesus Followers,” for a minute. The first time I saw someone calling themselves a Jesus Follower was on Twitter. My question to all of you is: “Are you so ashamed of your Savior that you don’t want to be referred to as “little Christs” anymore? Must I remind you that many people were Jesus Followers while our Lord was here on earth and, according to the Word of God, the vast majority were lost! They refused His mission. They had their own agendas. They were not “little Christs” in any sense whatsoever. Is that what you really want to be?

I do understand why some people claim to be “proud” of their Christianity and likewise, I understand why some true Christians might be tempted to shed the title. We must do neither. We are not of this world. Our seat of government (our conversation), exists now, (“is” being used in the present tense), in heaven, as Phil. 3:20 reminds us: “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:” For the most part, the assemblies of the professing church have corrupted themselves through their adoption of and integration with the world systems. They behave shamefully and conduct themselves anti-biblically.

Nevertheless, we must keep our eyes focused upon what God has directed us to focus upon. It was God who chose the word “Christian” to refer to those who belong to the Body of Christ. We have not the authority to alter or modify that choice. One of the great failures of modern Christianity is allowing itself to be conformed to whatever image the world chose for it. Instead of being separated, it became integrated. It’s not a little deal. It’s a bloody, big deal. In this day and age of persecution and spiritual deception, the last thing we need is to have people who claim to be our brethren, undermining the authority of the Word that God gave us, all because parts of it rub them the wrong way. Our responsibility is to read it and conform our lives to it, as God gives us the ability, as Phil. 2:13 teaches: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Can’t you see; If you’re really His, you won’t want to follow after the world or your own depraved heart and mind. God will cause you to desire to follow Him, above all others, and give you all the strength you’ll need to follow Him also!

The God we worship and serve really has your best interest at heart. All you need to do to apprehend that knowledge and confidence is to open the book and read what God is saying to you.


The Never-Changing Political Landscape

September 3, 2010

Do you ever ask yourself why things in government and politics never seem to change? Well, I do, and I also look for the answers. Because I believe that, while government derives its authority to exist from God, the people who make-up government are, for the most part, slaves to Sin and Satan, and are incapable of separating good from evil and have resorted to compartmentalization to avoid insanity. This explains why politics is a bizarre world where nothing is as it seems. Consider the image I drew, below.

The Never-changing political landscape.

How do you like that graphic illustration? I wish I could say it was my idea, but I can’t. I first saw a drawing like this on the Glenn Beck program, on Fox News. It expressed, to a tee, the image I was seeing in my mind whenever politicians started making promises on the campaign trail, and then proceeding to break them all after the election.

As a sidebar here, now that I’ve discovered that I can use HTML in my blog, I can incorporate a lot of neat things I’ve only dreamed about in the past!

What brought this up was a recent article I read on by Floyd and Mary Beth Brown titled: "Ann, we won’t defend you this time."

They authors are upset because Ann Coulter is going to speak to a group of homosexuals and Sodomites who call themselves "GOProud." As they dug deeper into the issue, they discovered to their chagrin that this kind of corruption; this hypocrisy, runs deep and wide in the "conservative" political-social world.

Well, that should come as no surprise, folks. After all, most people in this world embrace their sin and glorify it! Of course, they don’t acknowledge it as "sin", they say it’s personal "freedom," or something akin to that, whatever the sin happens to be.

When we move away from the Word of God and substitute in its place the Wisdom, (read Ignorance), of Mankind, we expose ourselves to all manner of contradiction, hypocrisy, and evil in general.

If we simply took God at his Word, we would understand that this whole homosexual thing is simply another manifestation of Mankind’s sinful nature. God identifies it for us, because of the corrupt nature of our minds, in the Law of Moses and tells us to avoid it because of the consequences associated with pursuing this particular sin. The particulars of the manifestation aren’t important. It’s just something we should, with God’s help, avoid and resist.

How is that related to the government and corruption? Just look at Barney Frank! I mean, he’s a colossal pervert, if there ever was one; corrupt to the core, yet he’s always called upon by, Fox News, for example, when they want information about finance and/or real estate issues. Maybe that’s one of the reasons we can’t equate political conservatism and righteousness. It is the government, along with the public school system, trade unionists, and the homosexual lobby, who spend millions trying to convince us that evil is good, and good is evil. They tell us that Republicans are for business and they hate the poor, while the Democrats are all about the "working man" and against the "Corporation". As we can see by the chart above, both parties are on the side of the line that represents "Total Government Control". Whatever the government determines truth to be, is the truth for today.

This is starting to read a little like Orwell’s "1984", with the "Ministry of Truth" working overtime lying to the people of Oceania.

Is Ann Coulter becoming pro-homosexual? I doubt it. What she’s displaying, I think, is a tendency we all have to look for things we can agree upon, when dealing with people we don’t care all that much for, as opposed to looking for reasons to avoid them. It’s the popular thing to do these days. We try and compartmentalize different segments of our lives so we don’t have to deal with the ugliness (sin) we all have.

I entitled this post as "The Never-Changing Political Landscape" because, the more things change on the surface, the more they stay the same. That’s the nature of corruption. When steel becomes corrupt, we see corrosion (rust) on the surface, but we don’t always see the weakening of the metal beneath. Our government is going the way of all flesh, and soon, I believe, God will have had enough of it and the fools who populate its "hallowed" halls.