Catching up

I apologize to my few subscribers and the occasional visitor for ignoring my blog. I have been very busy lately, not lazy!

To make up for this, I am posting a few of the thoughts that I have had over the past weeks and invite you to ponder them with me. Comments are welcomed!

ADDICTED TO DISTRACTIONS

I ride public transportation to and from work every day. And it just amazes me how addicted to gadgets Americans are these days. At least every other person on the train either is on a cell phone, talking or texting, playing with their portable game machines, or listening to their MP3 players. The rest are immersed in some popular fiction or fantasy novel and some are even sleeping and wearing earplugs!

I believe Satan has put many people to sleep and is keeping those who are awake very distracted and preoccupied to prevent them from hearing or caring about what really matters. It is very difficult to talk to people about their precious souls when there are several loud phone conversations going on, loud and obnoxious gutter talk and very few people who will even return a “Hello”. It’s very discouraging, but I am always ready for that one honest soul that God allows me to speak to.

EVERYTHING WE HAVE

We should always remember that the gifts of the Spirit are truly given to those who believe. We don’t earn them; we receive them IF……. we ask for them.

What does Jesus tell us? “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. ” Jesus says also “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
(Matthew 7:11 ESV)

Everything we have that is good has been given to us: our talents, our desire for God, our faith, our salvation, the Holy Spirit, God’s Word, and life itself. We can nether pay for nor obtain by own means any of these things!

FREE INDEED

The Bible tells us “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. ” (John 8:36 ESV)

“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. ”
(Romans 8:2 ESV)

“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.”
(1 Peter 2:16 ESV)

So, we are free from condemnation, but not free to sin:

“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. ” (Romans 6:22 ESV)

It’s hard to grasp the fact that we are no longer slaves of sin, but sons and daughters of God. “You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. ” (1 Corinthians 7:23 ESV)

This is what caused the early church to rejoice, even when they had their property confiscated because they were Christians (Hebrews 10:34). They were convinced and absolutely sure, even to the point of death, that they were saved by faith in Jesus. Not because they were good enough, but because they believed they were God’s property, slaves to Him and served Him faithfully, not out of obligation, but from sincere gratitude because…they really believed what they were taught! How much could we do through Christ if we only believed as truly as they did?

US AGAINST THEM

Many in the church believe the following:

– Being gay is worse than being addicted to porn

– Picketing a porn shop is an appropriate way to react to one

– That the state is who should take care of the homeless, the poor, and orphans or widows

– That nursing homes are more appropriate places to put their parents than their own homes

– Bad language and nudity on TV is a pressing concern, but abolishing the sex trade of children in the third world is not

– A tithe is 1/10th and is all we are obligated to give to God’s causes

– Prayer in school should be mandated by law

– “In God We Trust” on our money somehow pleases God

– Divorce is not as bad as being gay, alcoholic, a drug user or a pedophile

– Boycotting a company because they sell or advertise to gays is commendable

What do you think?


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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by memnan on November 30, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    What do I think…hmmmm…We are truly easily distracted creatures, something our mortal enemy knows quite well. He easily distracts us into thinking Jesus has left us, orphaned and defenseless as we simply disregard everything we have been so freely given…leaving us as prey in the eternal game of us against them…and not quite sure on which team we are playing.

  2. I think you are wrong on this point:
    “Many in the church believe the following…A tithe is 1/10th and is all we are obligated to give to God’s causes”

    I think a correct statement would be: “Many in the church believe the following…A tithe is any extra money I might have lying around, or maybe the spare change in my pocket, but since I rarely have any extra money I am not obligated to give even that, let alone 10% or more.”

    The rest of your many believe statements are on target…both as presented, and your untyped implications.

    Also…I agree whole-heartedly with your thoughts on freedom. Not freedom to sin, but freedom from sin. I believe this is an incredibly important topic. We are also not free to do everything as we please…we are free from the slavery of not knowing how to live, and of making the resulting mistakes. Christ has shown us how to live.

    Good, albeit random :), thoughts.

  3. Thanks Clint!

    Regarding the churches of Christ, I agree that since the OT tithe standard is not preached many have the very attitude you describe. What’s sad is that any of us should set a limit on what we’ll give God. It’s ALL His!

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