Thursday, July 19, 2012
Tattoos Piercings Long Hair Short Hair
Differing Political Views
Biker Cowboy Preppy Athlete
Purple Hair Gray Hair
Dressed Casual Dressed Up
Country Bumpkin City Slicker
Drives a Ford Drives a Chevy
Vegan Meat Eater
Single Married Remarried Divorced Widowed
Has a Past of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Has Never Touched Drugs or Alcohol
Thin Heavy Set
Has Kids Doesn't Have Kids
Corporate Worker Burger Flipper
Genius Mentally Challenged
Loves Dogs Loves Cats
PC or Mac
While some of these are for fun, they are all differences we come across in life. There are many others, but this is just a sampling. How do you look at others different than you? How do you treat others that aren't the same as you? Do you judge them because they are different?
Jesus came and died for ALL. He loves ALL. He loves even those we find unloveable. He doesn't want anyone to live apart from Him. When we judge others by their social group, their marital or child status, their look, their past, where they live, we elevate ourselves to a level equal with God. God is the one and only judge. We aren't. The Bible says, DON'T judge, or you will be judged as you judge others. Think about that a minute. Think about how you think of those you are different from, those who you may not approve of their look, their nationality, how they act. We are told to LOVE. Love all, even if we are on opposite ends of the spectrum of life. We don't have to accept certain things that go against God and His word, but we do have to love the person. We don't have to be best friends with everyone, but we do have to love them like Christ did. To God, we are all the same. We are all sinners who need grace and forgiveness offered through Christ. Some accept it His grace, love and forgiveness, some don't. If we do accept Christ, His love and forgiveness, we are to model how He has accepted us, and treated us. Yes, there is right and wrong in the world, and while you can stand for your values and beliefs, do it in a way to not judge those who oppose you. Do it in a way that shows God's love to the world around you, who is watching your example. You may be the only example of Christ that someone ever sees. What are you showing them? How do you represent your Savior?
Matthew chapter 7 says it this way:
"Don't judge others, or you will be judged. You will be judged in the same way that you judge others, and the amount you give to others will be given to you."Why do you notice the little piece of dust in your friend's eye, but you don't notice the big piece of wood in your own eye? How can you say to your friend, 'Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye'?? Look at yourself! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye. You hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your friend's eye."
Or as The Message puts it...
"Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It's easy to see a smudge on your neighbor's face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, 'Let me wash your face for you,' when your own face is distorted by contempt? It's this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. Matthew 7:1-5
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
These are thoughts that have been going through my mind for quite some time, but seem appropriate to talk about on this Independence week.
Do you do anything to preserve your freedoms, other than complain on facebook, and elsewhere? Do you take real action or do you just whine and complain, but don't do anything to try to preserve the freedoms we have, and try to hold on to, the freedoms, rights, and things you value? Do you write letters, emails, make phone calls to those in government to share your concerns and opinions and take a stand for what you value and hold dear? If you just rant about it on your facebook page, it really doesn't matter, you are just making noise because those thoughts are not reaching those we have hired by voting them in to office to represent us. Unless we decide to make our government by the people, for the people, our freedoms will disappear and we will destroy America from the inside. If people started to take a stand for their freedoms, for their rights, for the Constitution, for those things we hold dear from the Word of God, for what others have fought so hard to preserve for over 200 years, we could make a difference. But, what I see more are people who like to complain about everything, but won't take a stand for anything. We need to start taking stands to preserve our freedoms, our country, by voting, by contacting state senators and reps, by honoring those who have died and fought to keep our country free. Do you thank those who have, and are fighting for our country? They are the reason people can even carry on their rants, because they fought for this country, for our rights, our freedoms, to preserve the Constitution of the United States.
If your freedoms are important to you, then stand up and let your elected officials know your thoughts. I am not talking about being violent, or about acting disrespectful to those you oppose. Standing up for your freedoms can be done in a civilized, God-honoring way, and if you are a Christ follower, they should be done in a way that honors Christ.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." Edmund Burke
If your freedoms are important, if you love your country, then be proud to be an American and take a stand for your freedoms, for the next generations freedoms.
Remember to thank those who have served our country, every chance you get, too!!
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.