Put On Your Big Boy Panties, America

It’s been my experience that the people that have their heads in the clouds in their fantasies and dreams are the ones that won’t accept God as a reality because they don’t perceive Him. They seek escapism through TV, games, or even drugs or alcohol. Anything they can to alter their reality and keep themselves in a cloud. Even going online and posting their stance on a subject irrelevant to their immediate reality is a form of escapism. Using their own perceived wisdom and opinion as if they found a jewel inside their head.

Now it’s caught up to the world. The world wasn’t always this way. It used to be rational and about finding facts regardless of “politically correct” or feelings. It protected people from being lynched and from mob thinking. After all it was mob thinking that crucified Christ and released Barabbas. It was our rationality that kept the mob away with their pitchforks screaming burn the witch. Now we have the mobs screaming burn the pigs. This is disgusting.

It’s the mob thinking that powers Planned Parenthood, LGBT and BLM. It’s the mob thinking that pulls us out of reality and off the cliff and we’re falling. We’re falling hard.

It’s this mob thinking that brought about Hitler and the USSR because we don’t want to take care of ourselves and we want someone else to do it for us and to have someone to blame for not making it happen. If you stand against mob thinking the mob will run over you and if you’re not grounded in the Bible you will be swept away with it. Now even if you say you’re grounded in the Bible, so many times churches can be taken up in mob thinking and people that are Christians that don’t want to “offend” people and say “Hey I’m with ya” running after the mob and leaving God behind. Then wonder why God doesn’t speak to them.

So Christianity. Accepting Christ as God in the flesh, killed on the cross, raised from the grave, unlocked the keys to Hell so that for the first time in man’s short history that Heaven may be an option, asking us for our love and acceptance of EVERY promise ever made in the Bible since Genesis all the way to Revelation, and reigns in Heaven even now that Satan reigns on Earth, is in fact accepting reality. Making reality the focus in this life so that we can change it one person at a time (or many if you’re blessed to have the calling to preach) through testimony, action and prayer. Understanding that Christ died on that cross to save you, you that hadn’t been born yet was already known and the crucifixion was so that you could be included.

People don’t understand on the individual level just how important they are. How much they are loved even with other people failing them. People can fail you, churches can fail you, governments can fail you, Christ will NEVER fail you because He already won you. You only fail yourself by rejecting that.

Too much to consider? You’d rather find escapism in a religion that promises less than that? I have yet to find one promise in another religion or deity that there’s a way to anything remotely like Heaven without the self being “good” enough.

If you were good enough on your own to work your way into any Heaven then Christ never should have had to die on that cross. He was blameless and without sin and He did it for you. Not because Christ failed but because humanity failed. Humanity fails to this day and Christ understands that. He loves you regardless of that. He never expects you to do it on your own.

So leave the mob, the fantasies, the addictions in the back seat and put Christ before everything in your life and seek Him and He will show He’s already been there for every step you took and will take.

We are different as a nation being united by having our differences instead of conforming to one mob.  As a bundle of sticks we cannot be easily broken.  But if you were to take away the sticks and have one ball of dust, then we would float away and be destroyed and broken down.  And that’s what our enemies want.  So instead of blaming stuff you have no control over take control of your own life and accept Christ and He will show you.

No I don’t see the logic in accepting the wrong as right and right as wrong. I don’t see the choice in the mandatory and the mandatory as optional. And I don’t see getting offended when one chooses to celebrate life and hates death. Unity at all costs leads to tyranny and accepting differences in others applies to all differences. Even the difference of not accepting differences. We’ve forgotten our own standards for the sake of feelings. Emotions are there as a tool. Not a priority nor a guiding light. Suck it up America and put on your big boy panties.

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Intermission

Hopefully not as long as the last one in between projects.  Currently breaking down Matthew 24 verse by verse.  It’s a start to another project and I know my time is short on this.  Bear with me.

In the meantime, read up on C.S. Lewis and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Then you may see where all of this is going.  Sorry for the spoilers.  But all of us have one thing in common.  We don’t speak for ourselves, we speak for God.  Glory to God always.

What We Don’t Say: Day 17

If you’re a Baptist it’s because Baptists fit your ministry or “style.” Same with any other denomination. If you’re a Catholic and you’re still reading this I salute you, but honestly it’s because it fits you. I know someone that’s a born again Christian that still practices Morman because it fits her. When you’re witnessing, understand religion is man made and capable of error, but it’s different for different people because while the Bible stays the same and without error it will apply differently to different people. You’re not out to make someone believe as you believe but to encourage people to believe in Christ in their own way. While you can encourage someone to go to your church with you, don’t be offended if they criticize the doctrine. This is a group effort but the fight is not with other people it’s within ourselves.

What We Don’t Say: Day 16

That small church with a handful of cars that I mentioned earlier, is probably 9/10 times that small because the pastor in his way guided by God preaches that message. At the same time 9/10 times the big churches are big because they have taken all of that out and don’t even open their Bibles for a sermon unless it’s to abuse the message on stewardship when their PowerPoint presentation on giving money to the mission field crashes in the middle of a Sunday morning service. No, I’m not making that up sadly. First there is nothing wrong with PowerPoint presentations on a Sunday night service. Second, there is most definitely nothing wrong with giving money to the mission field, these people use the money to reach out and help communities all over the world, even in the States. Third there is nothing wrong with stewardship. Fact of life that churches have bills to pay too. But to have all of this abused on a Sunday morning means that the church is not founded on prayer and it does not put God first. Always put God first.

What We Don’t Say: Day 15

The Bible is not user friendly for people looking to feel good about life. Life sucks. It truly does, but life is precious. First there is never a situation that God will allow you to be in that you cannot handle. Ever. Second I have learned to love my life even when I am currently being bombarded by drama no one should “have” to go through or “deserve.” I don’t deserve salvation either but I have it. Life is not an entitlement program. If you are breathing, enjoy it. You are guaranteed one life but never guaranteed tomorrow. The Bible describes the only deity worshipped by man that gave cause and effect for any given situation and describes only two possible outcomes for the hereafter. There is only one way into heaven and only one way into hell. And it’s not about what you do or how good you are because you are not perfect and you can never make up for your sin or live a life that reaches God’s standard. And ignorance is never an excuse. I did not condemn you by writing this if you’re reading as a nonbeliever right now. You are already condemned and judgment is only to show you why you are after you die. Be grateful God is kind enough to do that. The purpose of the Bible and the gospel is to show you that you can go to heaven not based on what you do. But based on what He did!!! Christ is the only way into heaven. Rejecting Christ is the only way into hell. The only unforgiveable sin is blaspheming the Holy Spirit. And you have opportunities to accept Him no matter how bad you think you are, He takes all that away.

Soapbox: No Excuses

August 1, 2014 Post Modernism and Nihilism
Responding to the sentiment that the church is irrelevant.

You mentioned churches today don’t carry any weight. While this is true there are churches that do. Consider that the majority of people that call themselves Christian think they are by going to church. The big super churches in my opinion for the majority have put their buildings before God. They want to grow only so they can keep up with their debt in their building funds. Great for evangelism but it dies with getting the gospel across without watering the crop. So you have people that think they’re okay hearing the same message over and over again and spiritually they’re babies. Then you have that and the Internet. Not satisfied with their mega church, again different for everyone but only talking majority, they look online and see different hot topics that shake them in their faith. They get upset over something that’s happening and they start doubting God and not understanding that their faith isn’t based on what they do, but rather what God does for us, they give up. Maybe an atheist challenged them on something they weren’t ready to answer and they crumbled. They can’t blame the church though. Being a Christian is having the desire to know more about the Bible and what God wants us to do. A good church will offer studies to expand on something the sermon can’t cover. Not everyone has that desire and they starve themselves. If heaven had a caste system these Christians would be poverty to homeless. Only above the deathbed confessionals. You want to be rich now, I’d be more worried about what you’ll be for an eternity. But that’s postmodern thinking, go to God and He’ll make you rich, don’t think, just do, try to be happy and make everyone happy, don’t offend people over anything, forgiveness is condoning what’s wrong and letting people do what’s wrong because it makes them happy. Churches started preaching this mess because it’s what people want to hear.

Nihilism. Common core is teaching a poor math standard that doesn’t allow for the correct answer to be given, may include teaching the Gettysburg Address without teaching the Civil War, or that socialism is a good idea. Take that plus the Internet and you will have a generation of idiots that have no understanding of anything and won’t know that they’re wrong because that’s what they’ve been taught since childhood. I can see parents losing their children to the state more frequently for sneezing.

But without God guiding us with discernment, no one would stand up to this because no one would know what truth was. So yes me saying that Satan is out to deceive people is not an evasion because I can tell you what tactics he uses to be effective. Find a plan of salvation in any religion where the deity died for us to be saved other than Christianity. Cults that have spun off of Christianity have even taken salvation out in exchange for works. Catholicism says you have to go to mass and you have to do this and that but says you’re not allowed to have a personal relationship with Christ which is what Salvation is. I don’t worship a man or an icon, I worship Christ directly and He hears me.

What We Don’t Say: Day 13

Go to church. Any church. I’m working a double at work with an 8 hour turnaround as I’m writing this, so be grateful you can go to church. I have learned not to care what other people do as it’s none of my business. For the love of goodness, forget what other people are doing and find a decent preacher that opens his Bible at the pulpit and reads from it in his sermon and gives you a message from it explaining it the best as he can. All I can honestly say that if it has a Starbucks in the foyer and you couldn’t find a parking space then look for one that has a handful of cars here and there. I’ll explain in a later post. Church is worshipping God but it’s for you to grow spiritually. It only benefits you to go and keeps you aligned with His word and keeps you accountable to others. It is the best tool to keep you from drifting.