Randomly Ordered Thoughts

On my way home I noticed the wording on the road-sign for the Church of God. For some in the religious world, the sign made a pretty bold statement. It said, “God’s grace demands right living.” According to the scriptures that statement is doctrinally sound (Titus 2:11-12, Colossians 3:15). See how easy it would be to settle the overwhelming number of divisions that denominationalism has caused if only we would go by the right standard? If it’s true it’s not new!

From the mouth of babes…I asked my five-year-old daughter yesterday if her ear was sore. She confidently said, “No.” About five seconds later she said, “I don’t even know what sore means.” Ignorance by itself doesn’t get us into trouble as much as ignorance that wants to remain that way (John 9:39-41).

Men from Mars are chauvinistic. Women from Venus are feminist. Men and women made of the Earth know each are made in the image of God, and God’s image carries with it responsibilities that will outlast fickle times that believe changing the culture equates to changing the truth (Genesis 1:26-27, Ephesians 5:33). Continue reading

#christian-unity, #culture, #forgiveness, #random-thoughts

Let’s Not Mistake What Some Mean By “Tolerance” by Neal Pollard

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian declared war on establishments which wished to decline services to those of the LGBT community. Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes bakery, were driven out of business by a lawsuit in the wake of their refusal to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. According to Todd Starnes,

They faced boycotts and picket lines and other wedding vendors were threatened with similar action if they did business with Sweet Cakes. The family’s young children received death threats and the store’s  social networking platforms were overrun by militant LGBT activists posting obscene and profane messages (read here).

On top of that, they were ordered by the court to pay the couple $135,000 in emotional damages.

(Click here to read more on Neal’s site)

#culture, #guest-article, #intolerance, #lgbt

Children need to be taught they are worth something

If you teach a child they’re no more than an evolved animal, then don’t be surprised when they act like nothing more than an animal.

Children need to be taught they’re life is valuable. Children need to be taught they’re more than an animal. Children need to be taught they have a soul that distinguishes them from the animal world.

When these things are taught, then, and only then can we expect them to see other people in the same light.

Until then, children who continue to grow older (which is different from growing-up/maturing) in an amoral home, culture and society will do no more than what an animal naturally does…prey on the weak, take what can be taken, kill for the fun of it, and create offspring instead of a family.

But perhaps, at the end of the day, acting like an animal is the right and natural thing to do. Because after all, “survival of the fittest” is what got people to where we are right?

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

#children, #culture, #evolution, #self-worth

A millennial’s pov on how people view millennials

I’m 34 years old. That means I’m at the very, very back-end of the millennial age group…or maybe it’s the front of the line?

Is indecision a thing about millennials that bothers people?

Either way, by most people who enjoy categorizing others into demographic pie charts, I’m included in the oft-bemoaned group of today’s up and coming leaders, families, soldiers, work force, business owners, and etc. And to be honest, I get a little tired of everyone incessantly bashing my age group.

Why’s that? I’d be more than happy to explain with an illustration. Continue reading

#culture, #generational-differences, #millienials, #reaping-what-we-sow

Wisdom and faithfulness of God amid the challenges

We don’t often post editorials over on Brotherhood News. Nor do we often post them on controversial topics, at least, that I recall, nor as lengthy as the one that appears today. So this rare bird might just be worth your while.

http://brotherhoodnews.com/2014/12/16/culture-brotherhood/

The Lord’s church is blessed not to be a company, nor to have a hierarchy where men lord it over others, nor even to have means to settle an issue across the brotherhood, but I play with the idea of naming “culture” as the word of the year, as one dictionary publisher has just done.

The wisdom of God has not lashed us together in such a way that if a few go astray, all sink with them them. What does unite us is the Lord Jesus Christ himself, who is our center and who permeates the whole out to the very edges. So my Forthright Magazine editorial goes, from yesterday.

http://forthright.net/2014/12/15/jesus-core/

Our times seem critical, but each age possesses its challenges. I long ago tired of presidential elections touted as being the most important ever, with more at risk than before. Perhaps. Or perhaps it’s a mere election tactic. Let us not fall for our own fearful thoughts that our age is worse and more critical than at any other time in history. Let us meet the progressives and counter as we may their influence, while we rejoice in the faithfulness of God toward his people in this and every age.

#culture, #faithfulness-of-god, #progressives, #wisdom-of-god

A microcosm of the larger problem

The big football league of America sure seems to be overwhelmed with serious moral issues right now…intentional concussion-giving players included. As far as the bandwagon media attention goes, the flow will soon give way to the ebb, but the issues won’t disappear. And maybe it’s just because the issues revolve around the behaviors and decisions of people (sin and temptation are common problems to athletes and non-athletes, right?), but I can’t help but notice how the football league and its problems look strangely like a perfectly clear microcosm of the larger problem that the American culture is dealing with – namely how do we deal with the obvious errors of humanity.

For now, like the American culture at large, the response from the professional league has been to deal with the issues from almost a purely punitive aspect – fines, suspensions, and firings, with a little counseling mixed in here and there. But what about the root of the issues? It doesn’t seem to be the love of money because the problems are costing the players that stuff – not making it for them! What it seems to be is a lack of morality and common courtesy. And it seems that the big league is willing to endorse almost any cause other than the one that could and would solve the vast majority (it would be all, but the answer is based upon the application made by each individual) of the issues that are being dealt with today, not to mention the issues that will be dealt with tomorrow; but for now it seems like they’re only willing to throw a penalty flag at someone who is willing to attempt to introduce a new “head-coach” and “play-calling book” that could and would help every party involved.

Hey, I’m not trying to Monday-morning quarterback here. I just know from experience that when I fail to listen to Jesus, I end up on the bench every time with the decisions that I make; and anybody who has a desire to compete and win knows that sitting on the bench is not where you want to be.

#answer-to-sin, #culture, #jesus, #microcosm, #morality, #nfl, #rg3

Sowing warped seeds

The American culture is severely warped. So warped that it uses children to defend and promote perversity. From homosexual talk-show hosts who bring children onto their set to “come out” on national TV, to TV shows that portray individuals as “minors” who commit fornication and practice homosexuality as if it should be completely acceptable; the media has its target set on the minds of children – and they are hitting the bullseye! Don’t think so? Just read this.

A culture that destroys the innocent in a plurality of ways is a culture that will die in a plurality of ways; first and foremost, it will begin on a spiritual level, and from there only God knows how far it will fall into depravity with the seeds that have been sown. God takes note of such cultures and sooner or later such cultures will take note of God (just read the three chapters of Nahum).

When a culture sows warped seeds, there’s no way it can keep from reaping a warped crop.

But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.” (Mark 9:42)

#culture, #perversity, #reaping-what-we-sow